Recently, Azurbala released an art preview for their Azurians NFT. However, it’s safe to say that the preview did not impress fans, who were quick to share various different kinds of negative feedback on Twitter.
Azurbala’s Azurians Preview
Last night, Azurbala released an art preview of their new Azurians NFTs – a collection of 80 NFTs given out to some members of their strong community. However, the art did not seem to match the aesthetics promised by the team, specifically, the jungle/castle theme. To clarify, the profile picture NFTs are bizarre, almost unexplainable, and look totally unrelated.
The full preview video can be found here, through Azurbala’s Twitter.
Reaction from their Fans
Certainly, for the Azurbala team, the reaction to the new Azurians wasn’t quite what they’d hoped for. Immediately upon the launch of the art previews, Twitter went crazy over them.
One user, @_ShaniceBest, said: “Respectfully wtf is this fam? What vibes were being directed here?” – this mirrored the general message that people were putting across.
Another user, @brianhc, added: “This project got really weird, really fast. From a yacht club valet to demonic jungle characters created by burning books.”
Brian added another interesting point in his analysis of the artwork, stating that since the launch of the promo/preview video, the floor price has decreased by 40%.
Furthermore, someone called their bluff. @_MouseDev said: “Calling it now. The reveal is fake. great PR move to get mass attention on the project before replacing it with better art.” However, almost immediately, one of Tally Labs’ team members shut this theory down.
Response from the Team Regarding Azurians
Twitter was certainly loud with its response to the artwork. Therefore, the collection’s founder, Jenkins the Valet, has written a response to Twitter upon reading feedback and the initial reactions to Azurbala’s Azurians.
He said: “Thank you to everyone who took time out of their day to join spaces and offer constructive feedback. We took a risk. It didn’t pay off. We just wrapped a call with the full team going over the feedback + discussing the next steps. We’ll course correct. Tally Labs is here to stay.”
(To clarify, Tally Labs is the company behind Azurbala and some other projects.)
What is Azurbala?
Essentially, Azurbala is a collection of ‘storytelling NFTs’. Bored & Dangerous holders can burn their NFTs in exchange for an Azur Root (a sacred item within Azurbala that can be redeemed for a PFP NFT). Azurbala is a fantasy-based NFT collection with various factions, each of which (including House Calypso, The Sprawls, and more) has its own dedicated experience on the NFTs’ website.