Sq. Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda penned and printed a New 12 months’s letter on the official SE web site unveiling the corporate’s future initiatives. Primarily based on the medium-term enterprise technique that Sq. Enix introduced in 2020, AI and cloud analysis and single-player/multiplayer blockchain video games that prioritize token economies proceed to dominate the R&D workforce’s precedence checklist.
In his letter, Matsuda said that 2021 was “Metaverse: 12 months One” – Fb modified its title to Meta, and substantial developments in prolonged actuality tech helped cement the worldwide dialog about metaverse-centric enterprise alternatives. 2021 was additionally, as Matsuda put it, “NFTs: 12 months One provided that it was a yr through which NFTs had been met with quite a lot of enthusiasm by a quickly increasing consumer base.” So, what does this imply for 2022?
Sq. Enix’s “leisure AI” and cloud initiatives revolve round efficiency positive factors which result in shopper accessibility and higher-quality experiences. Then again, Matsuda desires Sq. Enix’s future blockchain video games to “allow self-sustaining recreation progress.” That is supposed to alter the best way gamers work together with their favourite titles, emphasizing the newfound “play to earn” idea. Matsuda goes into extra element beneath:
“I notice that some individuals who “play to have enjoyable” and who at present type nearly all of gamers have voiced their reservations towards these new developments, and understandably so. Nevertheless, I consider that there might be a sure variety of individuals whose motivation is to “play to contribute,” by which I imply to assist make the sport extra thrilling…It’s blockchain-based tokens that may allow this. By designing viable token economies into our video games, we are going to allow self-sustaining recreation progress. It’s exactly this form of ecosystem that lies on the coronary heart of what I confer with as “decentralized gaming,” and I hope that this turns into a serious development in gaming going ahead.”
This shift to NFTs and blockchain efforts is clear within the operations of different publishers and builders across the globe. As an illustration, Fable creator Peter Molyneux is making a “blockchain enterprise sim,” whereas Ubisoft revealed its personal plans to supply blockchain video games and NFTs.
With all this in thoughts, what are your ideas on Sq. Enix’s shift to blockchain video games and token economies?