Blockchain features in games haven’t received a warm welcome yet, but they just got the support of a major publisher. Square Enix chief Yosuke Matsuda has published a New Year’s letter stating that decentralized games using technologies like blockchain will be a “key strategic theme” for the company from 2022 onwards. Matsuda didn’t mention titles, but hinted at how future releases would integrate distributed technology.
Matsuda said the company will integrate token economies to promote “self-sustaining game growth.” While the leader recognized that many people would be skeptical, he at least believed that some players wanted to “play for the sake of contributing”. Blockchain games in theory provide a direct incentive for these players to build their own content rather than relying on “goodwill and a spirit of volunteerism.” The suggestion, at least, is that users make items in part to earn rewards.
Matsuda hasn’t directly announced plans for NFTs in Square Enix games. He predicted that these tokens would become mainstream over time, though, and thought that the “frenzied trading” for them would subside. Don’t be shocked if you can buy NFT in company games at some point.
Square Enix will monitor market trends and develop accordingly. However, the president was optimistic, and indicated that his company might issue its own tokens. Whether or not the market follows suit is another story. Even a heavyweight publisher like Ubisoft struggled with early NFT game sales, and Square Enix doesn’t guarantee better performance even with successful series like Final Fantasy in the squad.
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