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ITV Studios and Reality+ Bring Thunderbirds To The Metaverse

Both companies aim to ‘push the boundaries of what’s possible in the world of Web3 entertainment’

Creator, producer and distributor of programmes ITV Studios has partnered with Reality+, a platform that helps brands transition to Web3 with bespoke products to launch a time-limited Tracy Island event in The Sandbox metaverse.

The experience launches as part of Thunderbirds: International Rescue Club and is shaping up to be a Web3 reimagining of the classic British TV show which first broadcast in 1965.

Starting today March 13th, the experience will run for two weeks, giving fans the opportunity to interact with their favourite Thunderbirds characters by taking up quests in and around the top-secret International Rescue HQ.

Reality+ Co-Founder Tony Pearce commented, “It’s a tremendous honour to be working with ITV Studios, not only to help them push the boundaries of what’s possible in the world of Web3 entertainment, but for the opportunity to take such an iconic TV show on an exciting new journey with its fans. We have already achieved so much with Thunderbirds: International Rescue Club, and with fantastic partners like The Sandbox there’s much more to come.”

The Tracy Island Sandbox metaverse experience consists of 15 quests and mini-games as well as many Easter eggs and information about the original TV series. And by utilising Web3, fans can browse through various digital collectables, a gigantic gallery takeover in the Thunderbird 2 hangar and a voxel exhibition curated by Lady Penelope.

“We are super excited to work with Reality+ and The Sandbox team to take the next step in our partnership and bring Thunderbirds to The Sandbox. This will allow Thunderbirds fans from around the world to discover Tracy Island and complete new Rescue Missions, as well as get access to a bespoke NFT collection,” said Lucie Stoffers, Head of Brand & Licensing Global Entertainment, ITV Studios.

Fans can also enjoy the play-to-earn mechanic that’ll allow them an opportunity to take home a slice of The Sandbox’s monthly prize pool fund of 1,150,000 SAND also known as The Sandbox Experience currency and is equivalent to £500,000 in addition to other mystery gifts.

ITV Studios first partnered with Reality+ last year to launch the first interaction of Thunderbirds: International Rescue Club, a utility-focused Web3 experience that allowed fans to buy and trade officially licensed NFT digital artworks based on the classic TV show.

Both ITV Studios and Reality+ will continue to collaborate to develop and launch new features as part of the Thunderbirds: International Rescue Club, including community co-creation projects and interoperability of Thunderbirds NFTs with other partners.

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Isa Muhammad is a writer and video game journalist covering many aspects of entertainment media including the film industry. He's steadily writing his way to the sharp end of journalism and enjoys staying informed. If he's not reading, playing video games or catching up on his favourite TV series, then he's probably writing about them.

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