Transmedia startup Voltaku has announced the acquisition of Vodcasto, an app that will allow anime superfans (otaku) to puppet and livestream avatars from their cyberpunk anime series, Killtopia. This brings Voltaku closer to its goal of combining long-form content, interactive avatars, IP-based NFTs, and digital products into a mix that allows fans to take an active role in the studio’s living stories.
Voltaku CEO and Co-Founder Charles Borland said, “The otaku market is not only underserved, but also highly interactive. As the Metaverse and Web3 grow, we can create and monetize experiences that otaku wants to engage in, completely outside of the Hollywood system. Connect Vodcasto to our Killtopia community is an important step towards achieving this mission, but it will not be the last. More tools are on the way!
Leading this effort is Vodcasto inventor (and Voltaku’s new CTO), Sally Slade. A proven XR content creator and seasoned VFX TD, Slade has worked on immersive spaces for years at Magnopus, where she served as the head of user experience behind the award-winning virtual production system used to create Disney’s The Lion King. , as well as titles for iOS, Oculus, HoloLens and Magic Leap.
Through its new interactive division, Slade will lead Voltaku’s Web3 efforts and Metaverse apps, including designing/implementing avatar-heavy NFT strategies that will delight otaku and work seamlessly with real-time chat apps. , VR platforms and virtual production workflows.
While Voltaku has already opted/conceptualized several IP addresses, their first big project is Killtopia. Currently in production, Killtopia is based on the award-winning indie graphic novel series created by Dave Cook and Craig Paton. Described as “Blade Runner meets Battle Royale for the Fortnite generation”, Killtopia follows a bounty hunter and his robot sidekick through a futuristic megacity as they battle brutal thugs, augmented mercenaries and android assassins in a race to save the bounty hunter’s sister – and the world – from a nano deadly plague.
To promote interactivity, Slade’s division is developing a generative NFT link that allows otaku to access the citizens of Killtopia. Not just random assets, these character-based NFTs actually appear in the show. Once purchased, fans can use their character however they choose – as a Metaverse-ready avatar, VTube host, or personal creativity mechanic – giving them a more immersive way to engage with the series. This approach will then be extended to other Voltaku productions so that a community of avatars can appear in various worlds and narrative universes.
Slade said, “This is the future of media. Soon you won’t just be passively watching your favorite movies and TV shows. You’ll interact with them on a variety of mediums and devices as the stories unfold and adapt with the help of user engagement. The possibilities are endless, and we intend to explore them in the most interesting way possible.