January 16, 2024

Tokyo Expansion: A New Era Begins in Upland

Tokyo is leveling up with a major expansion that includes Minato City. We're diving into a whole new area that's a mix of classic charm and cutting-edge cool.

As Upland launches its first major city expansion of 2024 with Minato City in Tokyo, we're not merely opening a new chapter – we're continuously enhancing and evolving the player experience.

This expansion stands as a clear demonstration of our dedication to continually refining and elevating the Upland experience.

This expansion is set to open on Thursday, January 18th, at 9 AM PT and will bring ~16,000 properties to 30 new neighborhoods! It's worth noting that among these properties in this opening, only a very limited quantity will be designated as FSA properties.


Expansion Details

To help you gear up for the exciting Tokyo expansion, we've provided a map and other key information below. Please review all the details thoroughly to ensure you're fully prepared for this new venture and ready to dive into the expansion!

Note: Tokyo is only partially opened, which does affect the current level of send fees as well as treasure hunting tiers. TH will remain at Tier 3 after this expansion as it’s not yet met the requisite upgrade numbers. 

Tokyo Expansion Information

Current Expansion Properties:
Total Expansion Neighborhoods: 30
New Collections: 4


Low: ~ 17,393 UPX
High: ~ 818,000 UPX
Avg: ~ 64,152 UPX

Added Landmarks: 

  • Tokyo Tower
  • The National Art Center

Expansion Map

For this expansion, we're unveiling 30 dynamic neighborhoods in the Minato City area. Take a look at our updated map - you'll see the expansion areas highlighted in Blue. These vibrant new neighborhoods are the latest expansion, enriching Upland's digital world like never before

Launch Pad Properties

The Upland Bureau is minting three launch pad properties for players to position their Block Explorers before the big opening. After the event, these properties will remain with the Upland Bureau, transitioning into parking structures for future in-game vehicle transportation. Keep a look out for more details on this innovative car transportation feature!

The Launch Pad Properties are: 


Collection Reveal

On Thursday, January 25th, at 9 AM PT, we’ll reveal Collections that are a part of this opening. As collections may alter a property's price, make sure to double-check your marketplace properties before the reveal to ensure you don’t sell them below the collection-modified value. It may be safer to temporarily remove them from the marketplace before the information is public and the Collections are revealed.

Important Note: All Collections to this city expansion will be tokenized before the release and will remain unmodified. As cities continue to expand, additional Collections will be tokenized in this same process to meet the required Collection ranges for each city’s tier. Not all Collections tokenized are necessarily for the current expansion.

Collection Reveal Schedule 

Collections will be revealed through the following process.

  • Right before the Collection Reveal at around 8:55 AM PT, any unminted properties in this expansion that are part of Collections will be locked. 
  • At 9 AM PT, we will reveal the Collections and the Collection Key (which allows players to confirm the Collection on the blockchain) on Discord, In-Game Chat, and as an update to this post. 
  • Unminted properties that match the announced Collections will then be repriced according to the corresponding Collection level they match.
  • At around 9:30 AM PT, we will unlock the unminted properties part of the Collections for minting.

Get ready, Tokyo awaits! Join us for a captivating expansion event in Japan's vibrant heart, where tradition meets the Future. Tokyo's unique energy is calling – Join us!

Note: As a reminder, if we see signs that the city release experience is sub-optimal, we will take immediate action and lock any unminted properties. If required, this may be followed by a brief maintenance period.

Special Tokyo Block Explorer Sale

As we gear up for the Tokyo Expansion, we're excited to present a special offer: a complimentary Japan-themed Block Explorer with the purchase of 30k UPX.

This special offer is a great way to expand your collection and make use of the established burn mechanic, adding even more value to your Block Explorers. For full details on how to seize this limited opportunity, see below. 

Price: $30
QTY: 50 each (300 total)
Registration Begins: Tuesday, January 16th, 8 AM PT
Sale Start: Wednesday, January 17th, 9 AM PT

30K UPX + Kishin Mask Block Explorer

30K UPX + Kitsune Mask Block Explorer

30K UPX + Kabuki Mask Block Explorer

30K UPX + Hannya Mask Block Explorer

30K UPX + Okame Mask Block Explorer

30K UPX + Daikokuten Mask Block Explorer

Tokyo Special for Block Explorer Shop Owners

Here's an extra treat! Exclusively for our Block Explorer Shop owners, we're launching the Tokyo Exclusive Block Explorer Shop Owner Sale

Eligible shop owners, active as of January 25th at 9 AM PT and in good standing with their venture dues, can grab exclusive bundles for their stores. Each bundle contains 3 Japan-themed Block Explorers, chosen at random.

Additionally, players will have the opportunity to take advantage of the burn mechanic with these explorers. Check out the information below to fully capitalize on this chance!

Price: $8.99
QTY: 200 Bundles (3 BE/Bundle).
Registration Starts: January 25th, 8 AM PT
Sale Starts: January 26th, 9 AM PT

The Tokyo Samurai Block Explorer Burn

This brings us to an exhilarating Block Explorer Burn event! Players can burn a select mix of Japan-themed Block Explorers to transform them into an exclusive, limited edition Samurai Block Explorer. For details on how to participate in this thrilling activity, refer to the instructions below.

BE Burn Start: Friday, January 26th, 9 AM PT
BE Burn End: Friday, February 2nd, 9AM PT

To engage in the burn process, players will need to combine one mask (Sweetener Sale), with one weapon and one Japan themed item (both from the Tokyo Shop Owner Sale). This combination will level up and grant you one random Tokyo Samurai Block Explorer!

Please note: It is crucial to burn the correct combinations to receive the upgraded Block Explorer. Burning an incorrect combination will permanently result in the loss of your Block Explorers. Exercise caution and ensure accuracy during this process.

Tokyo Passes

We're leveling up city passes with the Tokyo Expansion Pass Sale, perfect for those who can't attend the city release or simply want more of the Tokyo experience!

This pass guarantees holders a property to mint in Tokyo following the collection reveal, with a 15% chance that it will be part of a collection.

New Evolution in Passes

For the first time ever, 80% of properties in this pass will include the option to build a unique structure designed specifically for Tokyo. This is a fresh addition to passes, allowing players to further personalize and evolve their selected properties.

These passes are tradable, with a snapshot scheduled for January 26th. Holders as of this date will be allocated a specific address in the Tokyo expansion for minting. The deadline to mint will be Monday January 29th at 9 AM PT; after this, any unminted properties will become available for public minting.

Once these properties open up for public minting the unique structure attached will only be available for 24 hours. The deadline to construct this unique building is January 30th at 9AM PT.

Plus, as a memento of this historic event, players can keep their passes as unique souvenirs. See pricing and quantity details below.

QTY: 1,000 Passes 

Price: $4.99

Registration Start: January 16th, 8 AM PT

Sale Start: January 17th, 9 AM PT

Snapshot: Friday, January 26th, 9 AM PT 

Mint Period: January 26th - 29th

Tokyo Architectural Adventure

Get ready for an exciting building spree in Tokyo! From Friday, January 19th at 9 AM PT until Monday, January 22nd at 9 AM PT, players have the golden opportunity to construct a new and unique building specifically hand-crafted for Tokyo. And the best part? You can build it on any Tokyo property, not just in the expansion zones.

Mark your calendars to seize this chance and contribute to Upland's dynamic skyline!

Tokyo Terminal Giveaway

In gratitude to everyone participating in the Tokyo Expansion, we're excited to announce a special giveaway – one lucky player will win a coveted Airport Tokyo Terminal!

For every property you mint in the Minato City Tokyo Expansion, including those minted by property pass owners, you'll receive one entry into this exclusive giveaway. Additionally, those who earn any of the exclusive Mint Master badges will be rewarded with an extra 25 entries!

This is your chance to become the proud owner of a Tokyo Terminal! The entry period for the giveaway ends on Thursday February 1st at Noon PT. Good luck Uplanders!

Let’s Go!! 

As we kick off our first city expansion of 2024, we're setting a thrilling pace for the year ahead in Upland. This expansion is more than just a milestone; it's a preview of the excitement, utility, and ongoing evolution we're bringing to the table.

With the innovative Burn Mechanic continuing to enhance your Block Explorers, the evolution of the Tokyo Pass, the Terminal giveaway, and preparations for car transportation, we're gearing up for a year that promises more engagement and immersive experiences than ever before.

Strap in for a year where every move in Upland paves the way for an unparalleled journey!

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