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Astra Nova raises $1m to pioneer the 1st Web3 RPG game based in Saudi Arabia

Astra Nova is set to transform gaming in MENA with innovations like AI integration and UGC

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Riyadh: Astra Nova, a revolutionary Web3 RPG, has raised $1 million so far, to become Saudi Arabia's first Web3 RPG targeting the MENA & Asian gaming audience, the company said. With a talented workforce spanning across the globe, Astra Nova is set to transform gaming in MENA with innovations like AI integration, User Generated Content (UGC), and digital collectibles.

“We are dedicated to forging an extraordinary IP and championing the gaming community of our region, in harmony with Saudi's Vision 2030. Astra Nova is committed to emboldening Saudi gamers, catalyzing innovation, and propelling the Kingdom's entertainment industry onto the world stage,” said Faizy Ahmed, CEO & Co-Founder of Astra Nova

Powered by Immutable & Hedera Hashgraph, and built on Unreal Engine 5, Astra Nova is incubated by the Hashgraph Association & Gotbit, positioning it as a flagship game of the GCC region. Major partners include HBAR Foundation, Hashgraph Association,, FunToken, Gotbit, BTS Global, Nvidia, Microsoft Founder's Hub, Wemix, Immutable, Aethir, Portal Coin, Blade Wallet, Kairon Labs, Tillo, and Polygon Dao.

According to the company, the Astra Nova team consists of several gaming and crypto veterans with notable experience in game development, award-winning creatives, and leaders in brand marketing from companies like Ubisoft, Technicolor, Rockstar, Netflix, Hedera, and more. Advisors from Binance, Hedera, Venture Capitals, and other prominent web3 firms support the project.

Astra Nova's Token Generation Event (TGE) is planned for Q2 2024, with investments of over $1m from lead investors Hashgraph Ventures, Oxbull, MoonEdge, Vision, Kanga, Spicy Capital, Equinox, BTS Labs, Sensei Capital and MENA Investors from KSA, Dubai & Oman.


The prototype demo will be available for desktop, already accessible on the Steam Store for wishlisting, and primed for further distribution across platforms like the Epic Games Store. Their roadmap includes expansions onto consoles such as PlayStation and Xbox, while a mobile iteration is on the horizon through our strategic cloud gaming partnership with Aethir. For a detailed insight into the game, visit their acclaimed award-winning website. Anticipate the alpha version's release in Q3 2025, the company said.

The team is also working on a Loyalty SocialFi Platform called 'The Black Pass.' A points farming platform with a competitive edge, as it gathers the in-game activity of players. Initially designed as a points farming platform for the airdrop of the game's token, it will eventually evolve into the primary platform for gathering players' in-game activity, becoming the official Web3 rewarding platform of the game.