In an announcement on keybase this afternoon J Eckert, VP of Ecosystem Operations at Chia Network, has teased a new feature launch that they will be unveiling next week on January 12th.
It doesn’t sound like they are very interested in offering up any details ahead of next Wednesday so we will have to stay tuned for that. Because Chia Network does a lot of their development in plain sight there is a good chance this has already been teased or commits made to GitHub indicating what’s coming.
My personal guess is offer files, which are mechanism of doing on-chain swaps without requiring a trusted third party. This is the sort of thing DeFi is all about and there have been a lot of DeX and DeFi products popping up and one of them is using offer files on testnet.
Another possibility is the NFT standard. In order to get a real NFT ecosystem running on Chia there needs to be a coherent standard different marketplaces can leverage. Because NFTs are very hot right now getting them out as quickly as possible might be a huge strategic advantage against competing chains.
Either way, or any other way, there will be no way to know until next Wednesday, the 12th. Normally I dislike wild speculation, but this time I’m going to encourage more of it. Sound off in the comments what you think the feature announcement will be and I will split 1000 SpaceBucks amongst everyone that gets it right.