The first thing you will notice about the new Roadmap is that we are now providing three lanes of information. You can now get information about the blockchain, the platform, and the gaming enterprise all in one place. It’s a lot to take in, so let’s explore a few of the highlights for each of these lanes.
They don’t call it ‘core’ for nothing. ION core is the foundation of what we do. And even though we’ve been around a long time in ‘crypto’ years, and weathered some storms and a cold, cold winter, we still see numerous areas where we can improve and enhance our blockchain.
In Q1 we’re doing a lot with privacy including improvement of the zerocoin protocol (that’s called xION on our blockchain) and also bringing in support for I2P. In this quarter we have also already begun our university outreach to bring in new devs. The team is expanding!
By Q2 we will release the "Electron" wallet, a modern interface that improves the user experience, provides enhanced features, and serves as an extensible platform as the project evolves. It also looks awesome! And, with the new wallet, comes the new asset you have all been awaiting so patiently. Yes, Dark Matter (XDM) will be here in the first half of 2019.
- As we roll into the second half of the year, the next two IIP’s will be implemented, meaning lower masternode collateral (cheaper masternodes!) and better rewards for those who are willing to time-lock their assets. Each of these is a big deal. Together, they’re a really big deal. Here’s why: When masternode operators commit to lock their coins longer, they get a bigger percentage of the block reward. We anticipate that advantage will make masternodes more desirable. Since they’ll be more affordable, more people will be able to compete for the ION needed to run a full node.
ionomy platform and ionomy Studios
2018 was a banner year for the ionomy platform and ionomy Studios. We added an exchange, we added new assets for masternode hosting, we created Sharenodes (a new tradable asset that provides passive income), and we made games that paid ION to tournament winners. Pretty good for one year! And we’ve got more coming. A lot more.
So far in this first quarter, we have offered lower prices and other promotions for our hosting services. We have released a complete re-build of the Crypto Gravity platform jumper game. And, we have a new drag racing — Quick Shift — already in Stage 3 development.
Q2 is going to be even more exciting with the XDM sale, adding ETH to the exchange’s trading pairs, and adding BTC to the Sharenode markets. That’s right! You will now be able to buy and sell Sharenodes for BTC. The added trading options will to increase trading opportunities, resulting in greater market liquidity.
By the time we get to Q3, we will have an alpha of Quick Shift and we’ll be entering stage 3 development of another new game — but more about that super secret project later. Coin communities will also be able to vote at ionomy.com to get their assets listed on the ionomy Exchange.
- By the end of the year, we will see Quick Shift in full beta testing as we move forward with our ‘Project X’ secret game development.
Power Grid: Tools and services for game developers
The third leg of our ionomy tripod is the Power Grid. We always knew that game development was a key component to ionomy's success, and PWR-GRD was originally conceived as a set of tools to build great games that could incentivize play with ION rewards. The tools we’ve developed so far have come a long way in security, usability, and interoperability. Now it’s time to dream even bigger. On April 12, 2019, we will make a special announcement about the future of PWR-GRD. Stay tuned for more details.