10KTF’s Season 2 Premiere Goes Full Throttle

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10KTF just dropped its premiere for Season 2, and the production has the community on its head. With the recent acquisition by Yuga Labs, the integration is becoming more evident as both Otherside and 10KTF presented their cinematic reels back-to-back on Twitter, especially when one considers the synchronous timing of the two releases. While many grew restless during the interim between seasons, it is clear that the team at 10KTF is back in the driver’s seat and ready to take us on for a ride.

Otherside Set It Off First

As every devout follower of 10KTF knows, Thursdays are the most sacred day of the week for it is the day where updates, alpha, and dance tunes hosted by DJ Midori happen. Given that the “Trial of Jimmy the Monkey” was just featured by Bored Ape Yacht Club the day prior, it seemed that Thursdays would remain exclusive to 10KTF, and no matter how much speculation has existed regarding 10KTF’s involvement with Otherside, it’s safe to say that no one was expecting Otherside to kick things off with its teaser below.

Video courtesy of Yuga Labs.

The opening title card begins with a row of different Otherdeeds with different environments, but at the center is token ID 9353 where the scene takes place with Curtis, a Koda, and an unknown avatar. Located on the Biogenic Swamp Sediment, this specific Otherdeed does not show any resources or artifacts on its properties, but as we see in the trailer, the three stumble upon a mysterious, glowing orb that is floating inside of the cave. At first glance, it seems like there might be some Kaiju imagery inside of this orb, but then again, what doesn’t look like a Kaiju after the destruction New Tokyo saw at the end of Season 1? On a more serious note, everything shown is labeled as “In-Engine Footage”, meaning this is a streamed demo and not rendered playback.

10KTF Drops a Cliff Hanger

With jaws already wide open from Otherside’s delivery, 10KTF tweeted its response with a cinematic render at 3:30PM PST – a classic time stamp for most of the project’s performances that have taken place each Thursday. With a location that clearly resembles Otherdeed’s token ID 9353, this scene seems to represent an origin-point for the land with its much flatter appearance like the artwork shown in the NFT. The sequence progresses into a “Mad Max” rendition where a long, heavy duty chain meant for a cargo ship is attached to the back of a dystopian, sand buggy that was first revealed in a tweet earlier this month along with a riddle. As the sounds of whips cracking are played in the background, we see who looks to be Wagmi-san in the captain’s seat taking off at full speed to lengthen the coiled chain. Could it be the artisan craftsman? What is he towing? Can that little buggy truly pull whatever is on the other end of that chain?

In typical 10KTF fashion, we are left with more questions as we receive answers. The reel ends with 10KTF’s logo looking as though it’s dripping into a pool of blood with the following message thereafter: “Last Summer… Coming This Winter.” The idea of “last summer” has been something that has tormented the community with its interpretation. Its reference in the project’s description on OpenSea has been a question since inception in September 2021, and many have wondered since then as to what actually happened “last summer”.

World renowned craftsman Wagmi-san, famous for the most grailed accessories, recently set up a shop in New Tokyo called 10KTF.Depending on the day, Wagmi-san might create accessories for Apes, Cats, Robots, Loots… it’s really up to whatever he’s in the mood for.

A man of honor, he only makes objects for customers who own parent NFTs. His accessories are 1 of 1 digital objects that will only be created once.

Life is good. But he’s still required to pay for protection to keep his shop open. It’s better than the alternative. After what happened last summer, he can’t let that happen again.

We were all young once. And as we grow old, we yearn for Those places That no longer exist. We look for Them anyway, even in The deepest winter.

Closing Thoughts

There is so much to consider when it comes to these releases by Otherside and 10KTF. The way in which Otherside’s video opened with Yuga Labs’ logo animation in white while 10KTF’s video ended with Yuga Labs’ logo in red indicates the intended continuity at play and possibly a tragic ending on the horizon. The visible distinction between the two types of productions also illustrates the directions each project is taking: Otherside is preparing for the world to experience its playable metaverse while 10KTF primes Hollywood for a blockbuster that will innovate the entertainment industry (aspect ratios matter here). Moreover, it seems that Otherdeeds holders with no resources on their land currently might be in for a surprise as Otherside gets shaken up, but all we have for now is the latest updates provided by Yuga Labs on its new site. No matter which way you look at it, though, this is going to be an amazing second season for everyone in and out of the space.

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