RoadMap

Below is Upland's 2021 product roadmap.

The Spark Token

Done
We’ve announced the Spark token in late 2020, and in Q1 of 2021 the smart contracts will be deployed on the EOS Blockchain, and the first pools of Spark tokens will be minted, including the citizen airdrop. Spark will power property development and more.

Property Development

Done
With the introduction of the Spark token, permanent property development will kick off, featuring upgraded building models and various improvements.

The Structure NFT

Done
Builders will enjoy true ownership as their structures will be implemented as NFTs on the blockchain (tethered directly to the property NFT it is constructed on).

Object Positioning on Properties

Done
Unlike the property development sandbox, where structures were automatically positioned in the center of the property, permanent property development will allow flexible positioning of structures within the property (prior to the start of construction).

In-App NFT Management

Done
The Upland app will provide players with an easy way to access, view, and manage the NFTs they own.

Block Explorer NFT

Done
Players will enjoy true ownership of their Custom Block Explorers, as they become NFTs. Custom Block Explorers will also include information about the explorer including number of mints, any associated explorers in the series and its ‘Block Story’, detailing what makes that explorer special.

The UPLOAD Token

in Progress
UPLOAD is a new non-fungible token that is used to represent NFTs that have been uploaded from other platforms and blockchains into Upland via the NFT Portal. The UPLOAD token will exist as long as the origin NFT is kept in Upland’s custody. At any point in time, the owner of the UPLOAD token has the ability to pull the source NFT from custody and back to the platform of origin.

NFT Portal Beta — Upland Meets Blockchain Heroes

in Progress
Upland’s partnership with Blockchain Heroes (Atomic Asset based collectible cards on the Wax blockchain) will serve as the first beta implementation of the upcoming NFT portal that would allow players to import external NFTs into the Upland metaverse. Uploaded NFTs can later on be used inside of Upland homes as decorations, and eventually traded between players through NFT gallery businesses.

Block Explorer Shops

in Progress
Block Explorer shops serve both as marketplaces for trading existing custom Block Explorers, and the exclusive places where newly minted custom Block Explorers are made available to Uplanders. Owners enjoy income in the form of transaction fees.

Multiple Items on Property

in Progress
Multiple structures and portable items will be allowed to be placed and managed within a single property, provided that they can fit within the property boundaries.

Staking Spark for Other Uplanders’ Projects

Done
Players will be able to stake their Spark resources in favor of other player’s construction projects.

Landmark Construction

in Progress
Landmark owners in SF will be able to start the construction using the replica models (resembling real world landmarks). Once construction is complete, each landmark will be represented with a high-zoom-level pin.

The Spark Exchange

in Progress
Players will be able to put their unused Spark tokens into the automated Spark exchange, enabling them to earn UPX from players who wish to rent additional Spark for their construction projects.

Business License NFT

in Progress
Business-specific licenses will be tradable NFTs. They will have varying and limited availability in each locale in Upland. Business licenses will also be available for leasing to other Uplanders.

Theatres

in Progress
Content producers and live streamers will be able to sell tickets (in NFT form) to Upland-based consumers

Joint Ownership

in Progress
Upland will allow players to team up, jointly own a property, share earnings, and trade their share in it. This feature will also support other features such as Squads or Monuments.

3RD Party NFT Custodian

in Progress
For ultra-high-value NFTs that are uploaded to Upland, a licensed 3rd party NFT custodian will be utilized. Until this feature is made available, the value of NFTs allowed to be uploaded to Upland may be limited.

Advanced Security

in Progress
Upland will offer two new layers of advanced security: the first one would turn the password recovery process to be based on predetermined security questions known only to the player. The second layer will allow generating your own private keys for your Upland account and managing them in a wallet such as Scatter.

Naming Beneficiaries

in Progress
Uplanders will be able to activate a voluntary contract that will pass all their assets to another Uplander named by them in the event that they have not logged in to the game over a predefined period of time.

Resource Token for Life

in Progress
Similar to Spark being staked for the construction/production of inanimate objects, A new resource token will be introduced for the creation of living things (e.g. plants, trees and animals).

Mining and Farming in Upland

In Progress
In the future, instead of Spark being directly minted into one of the Spark pools, it will be deposited in wastelands (empty areas) around the world and left for Uplanders to discover and mine. Similar to that, the resource token for life will be extractable through farming operations.

Leasing Upland Utility NFTs and Paying Uplanders for Services

in Progress
A new type value proposition for utility NFT owners in Upland, such as a place for residence, a car or a business license will be the ability to lease these NFTs for the use of other Uplanders. This win-win mechanic will provide an avenue for another source of income for owners, as well as more options for players to participate in the metaverse even if they don’t have the necessary resources to own these assets. Moreover, as more elaborate building-block mechanics take form in the metaverse, new opportunities will emerge for Uplanders to pay other Uplanders for performing various services.

True Movement Speed

in Progress
As of today, Block Explorers move between properties via send action at a constant duration regardless of the travel distance (in other words, the speed of travel for the Block Explorers varies according to the distance). When True Movement Speed is implemented, the timing of the sequence of sending your Block Explorer (BE) will depend on the physical distance between your BE and the destination.

Blockchain Infrastructure Improvements

Ongoing
It may not be always visible to the community (and neither should it be) but a significant amount of our development efforts go towards harnessing the power of blockchain in favor of all Uplanders in a way that is seamless to the player. As we prepare to go out of beta and offer Upland to mass audiences, the user experience with blockchain elements needs to be perfected. A good example of this is applying our handling of ‘microfork’ conditions (which is already applied for new contracts) for the legacy property minting action which we expect to deliver in the near term.

Partnerships and Brands

Ongoing
The Upland team is actively working to get well-recognized partners and brands (from outside the blockchain or crypto-related market) to participate in the metaverse. 2021 may see the first fruits of these efforts.

Pro Tools

in Progress
Upland will provide statistics and trends about properties within the game and reports for transactions made by the player as well as information about market transaction history. This will give players easy access to important information about the market and their individual activity.

Airline Terminal Fee Simulation

in Progress
Airplane NFTs and Airlines are one of the most fun and exciting businesses that will be introduced in the Upland metaverse in the future (but not in 2021) and provide airport terminal owners operational revenue. Until that point, those operational fees will start being simulated and distributed to terminal owners as a percentage taken from airfare, which is currently transferred in full to the community UPX pool.

Arcades

in Progress
Arcades will be the first test case in Upland for 3rd party developer integration, allowing web-based game developers to integrate their games with the owners’ business. As the necessary preparations for 3rd party development may start in 2021, we predict that arcades as businesses will be fully released later on.

Realty Agencies

in Progress
Realty agencies will offer Uplanders advertising services such as advanced listings for property sales and residential properties for rent. Realty agencies will also offer advanced trading options such as creating property bundles for sale in a single transaction and selling complete collections.

Upland Merchandise Stores

in Progress
Owners of Upland merchandise stores will be able to maintain an inventory and sell Upland merchandise to other players. Legit Upland merchandise will not be available for purchase anywhere else but inside of Upland, and the physical merchandise will be delivered in the real world. Some of the merchandise will be made available in limited runs and tokenized, offering the customer the option to stow the physical merchandise in Upland escrow while still being able to trade the token of ownership.

Car Dealerships

in Progress
With the introduction of the Car NFT, Car dealerships will be the destination for Uplanders to get new cars or trade their used ones.

Home Experiences

in Progress
Uplanders will be able to customize the inside-experiences of their primary residence and display their NFTs for other Uplanders to admire.

Primary Residence in Upland

in Progress
Uplanders will be able to designate a structure as their primary place of residence, enabling their home experience and further contributing to their neighborhood’s development rating.

Neighborhood Ratings and Collection Spawn

in Progress
Each neighborhood in the city will have a development rating: a score given to a neighborhood that is based on a combination of the number of developed properties and their quality (elements that affect the quality of development include size, residents associated, supplemental items, number of businesses, and so on). Once a neighborhood has reached a certain development rating, it will automatically spawn a collection for that neighborhood (if one does not yet exist) and further advancement in the development rating will lead to an increase in the collection boost.

Travel By Car

in Progress
Cars will be made available to use as means of transportation between cities in Upland (and also within cites, once true movement speed is implemented)

Genesis Racing

in Progress
Using your own car as a means of transportation in Upland is great, but what good is a car if you can’t race it? 2021 will see the genesis of car racing in Upland, where races are calculated and projected on top of the Upland map according to different elements such as the driver and their competitors’ skills, the cars they are racing, the attributes of the racing track and special available add-ons.

Battle Royal

in Progress
With the recent success of the Sandbox Wars generating interest, engagement and excitement in the metaverse, a new Battle Royal mechanic will offer players the opportunity to team up and launch competitions on demand.

City Expansions

in Progress
Contingent with Upland’s economic development, 2021 may see new US-based, as well as international city expansions. Existing cities may be further developed with new types of peripheral expansions to support the growing communities.

In-App User Interaction, Communication and Activity Feed

in Progress
A significant part of today’s interaction between Uplanders happens outside of Upland, primarily on official and fan-based social channels. Upland will start integrating features that would allow more and more of these types of interactions to take place in Upland through newly added features and improvements on existing ones, including the ability to follow other Uplanders via a personalized activity feed.

Squads

in Progress
Get ready to team up! Squads will be formed by teams of 4 Uplanders that can utilize each other’s properties as if they were their own! Squads will also make joint property purchases easier and will have a special leaderboard section.

Engagement Spark Rewards

in Progress
After the release of the Spark token, a certain amount of Spark (derived from the Upland Spark Pool) will be utilized for rewarding players for engagement and progression in the game.

Portable Map Items NFT

in Progress
Players will be able to get creative and trick out their properties with cool and unique inanimate objects that are produced and sold in decor shops.

Outdoor Decor Shops

in Progress
Owners of Outdoor Decor Shops are responsible for creating blueprints for inanimate portable objects that can be placed on properties. Owners will work together with the Upland team to approve objects, manufacture inventories using staked Spark, and sell their products to other Uplanders.

Car NFT

in Progress
Unlike trains and aircraft (as of now), cars will be truly owned by players and implemented as 3D objects that exist in the Upland metaverse, similar to structures. In later stages, cars will also have utility as a means of transportation between cities, and for racing. You can expect some intriguing mechanics and innovative features for cars in the metaverse, such as odometer tracking, parking requirements when idle, gas requirements and more.

Property to USD — Open Beta

in Progress
The property to USD closed alpha was launched in 2020. In 2021, Upland will proceed with the Closed Beta and then later on the Open Beta, allowing all Uplanders to add USD to their property trading options. At later stages in 2021, more functionality will be added and USD trading will also be extended to other types of NFTs, turning Upland’s ‘Property to USD’ program into ‘NFT to USD’.