First Web3 Game by the famous Game Developer is an art-collecting experience with avatars.
Square Enix , the Japanese video game development and publishing company behind some of the most popular role-playing games in history, such as Final Fantasy and Tomb Raider, has revealed its first Ethereum (ETH) non-fungible token (NFT) game.
The new game, known as “Symbiogenesis” which is descrived as a “digital collectible art experience”. NFT artwork works within the game and can be used as a PFP for your social media outlets. The game is a brand new franchise for Square Enix and has nothing to do with the company’s past games. The game is tentatively planned to launch on the Ethereum blockchain in spring of 2023.
The game is described as being web-based, narrative-driven, and features interactive elements. Players will be in control of their NFT character to “untangle” a mystery. There will be missions to complete around questions of the monopolization and distribution of resources.
Square Enix and NFTs
Square Enix has shown its interest in the web3 space for some time now. Even with some in the gaming community lamenting about gaming companies getting involved in blockchain gaming and technology, especially NFTs, the gaming company has pushed forward with its plans to utilize the tech to create new ways of play and earning.
Square Enix first entered the web3 space in 2021 with a Japan-only launch of “digital stickers” for the anime and video game franchise Million Arthur. This was done via the LINE blockchain. The company then went on to sell a number of its franchises including Tomb Raider to have enough capital to create NFT games.
Fans are grumbling
Square has been consistent with its wish to build upon web3 even with multiple complaints from fans of their franchises. Some gamers believe NFTs are only used for scams, Ponzi schemes, and other illegal activities.
During the leak that the company trademarked a new IP many speculated that this would be a brand new Parasite Eve game, as that franchise has been dormant for years, it turns out this was a completely new IP and many are grumbling about the fact that the game is on the blockchain.
It’ll be interesting to see how this game develops over time and what kind of reception it gets when it launches in 2023. For now, we’ll have to wait and see what Square Enix has in store for us.
Square Enix and Role-playing Games
Square Enix is most well-known for its role-playing games (RPGs). The company has been responsible for some of the most popular RPGs of all time, such as Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Kingdom Hearts.
The company has also published a number of popular non-RPGs, such as Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, and Just Cause. In recent years, the company has been on a bit of a hot streak, with its most recent releases, such as Final Fantasy XV and Dragon Quest XI, being extremely well-received by both critics and fans alike.
The company has also had its fair share of controversies, such as when it was revealed that the company had been using AI to create some of its game’s dialogue, or when the company was accused of “asset flipping”. However, despite these controversies, the company has still managed to maintain a high level of quality with its games.
It’ll be interesting to see how this new blockchain game turns out and if it can live up to the high standards that Square Enix has set for its games. Only time will tell.