Meet Cubzh, a new free video game that is all about user generated content through a cube system. The company has designed a new platform from the ground up and wants to empower creators with the ability to create new items, build worlds, and define game rules through a scriptable environment.
This summer, the company raised a $3 million seed round led by New Wave with the participation of various angels, including Docker founder Solomon Hykes and Sorare CEO Nicolas Julia.
“It is a homemade engine. That’s why we’ve spent a lot of time in stealth mode to make sure it works,” co-founder and CEO Adrien Duermaël told me.
This C/C++ engine runs on PC, macOS, iOS, Android, and web browsers. In other words, if you’re reading this post, chances are you have a device that can run Cubzh.
What you will play in Cubzh will depend on other users. Basically, Cubzh is a gaming platform that can power different gaming experiences, a bit like Roblox.
“Players who can’t write scripts will be able to craft items, draw swords and vehicles. Soon we will add an animation editor. Those who can code will be able to incorporate those objects into their games,” said Duermaël.
When it comes to game development, Cubzh does not use a no-code approach. Everything is currently based on Lua scripts. Cubzh takes care of the basics, like collisions and multiplayer coding. The rest depends on the imagination of the players.
At this time, Cubzh is available as an alpha test. The company is considering web3 mechanisms as a means of monetization. For example, Cubzh could receive a share of primary and secondary item sales. Content creators would earn royalties on their creations based on usage.
But the company has yet to launch a market. You also don’t know if there will be a utility token. Now that the core features are here, the company will focus on all of these top layer features.
Eventually, Cubzh hopes to create a kind of digital version of Lego. And maybe some Minecraft creators will find Cubzh more interesting and switch to this new gaming platform.