Last January, there were statements Yusuke Matsudapresident Square Enix, which caused a lot of discussion within the community. The CEO of the Japanese publisher clarified that if it is true that many players play just for fun, it is also true that others want to “contribute” into a video game, having an active part in its contents – This is why the company wants to pursue a strategy that includes NFT and blockchain.
Matsuda recently returned to the topic in an interview with Yahoo Japanreported by colleagues on the site VGCHe noted that despite the reactions, the plans had not changed. Traditionally intended video games “I’m not enough” Square Enix is still interested in creating products where players who create in-game content themselves are rewarded.
And in the Chair’s words, which we try to translate as honestly as possible:
“In the future, we would like to try to provide independent game content. Until now, in most games, we were providing content as part of a final product and players were playing that content. Anyway, There are some players around the world who want to help make games more interestingCreating new scenarios and new ways of playing.
So the idea of the player as a contributor to the fun action they love is back a bit in reference to the fact that many video game fans are already inclined to create additional content (with mods, for example) for the sole fun. to do that. In the future, according to this idea, they can be rewarded instead, if these contents are part of the blockchain, are unique and have their own classification.
However, at this point, perhaps the problem is that this activity will no longer be fun (it never will be, if it has a monetizable feature) and we should also see if players are willing to access fan-made content for free He would likewise be willing to spend money to get it.
“In the future” President Matsuda continued, “We want to use the power of these people to create games that continue to evolve. If, instead of relying on goodwill, we can also provide incentives to those who contribute to development, using Technologies like blockchainthen there is a possibility that Interesting and innovative content is created from ideas that originated from users“.
Matsuda’s vision will undoubtedly lead to discussion once again: Square Enix is consistent in its positions regarding NFTs, so it seems legitimate to expect to start maneuvers in this regard as soon as possible. We know we shouldn’t see this kind of content in Final Fantasy XIV (You can find it on Amazon, among other things), so it remains to be understood which games could welcome them.
The company has recently taken some unconvincing steps: fall of Babylon Set a negative record without surprising anyone Chocobo GB Unveiled a robust sales model full of microtransactions that were inaccessible during the review period, but only unlocked after the first day (which is why we decided to launch it post-launch with full review).
Attempts to launch into an ongoing game so far have been pretty tepid, other than the above FFXIV: Experience marvel avengers It was not supported by critics or the publicand, as a result, the important licensing resulted in a somewhat forgotten video game, with the publisher’s own admission.
In this period, in short, it is important that Square Enix gathers its ideas and avoids further pitfalls, also because at the moment it is the company in the pipeline Final Fantasy XVIAnd Final Fantasy VII RemakeNewly announced Kingdom Hearts 4 And the next episode of Tomb riderIt has already been confirmed.
Ubisoft, one of the global video game giants, has also launched into the world of NFTs, and its Ubisoft Quartz suggested: However, the community response has been tepid, to say the least, to the point that NFTs have been awarded to employees. However, do not worry, because the French company is not giving up and will soon return to the office, he has already confirmed. Perhaps in good company with Square Enix.