Square Enix, the Japanese game developer behind the beloved Final Fantasy franchise, has signed on as a node validator for blockchain gaming project Oasys, with the duo also teaming up to create blockchain games.
The move was predictably met with criticism from some crypto- and NFT-hating members of the gaming community, irritated that the firm continues to double down on its focus on blockchain technology.
In a September 12 announcement, Oasys exposed that Square Enix jumped on board to become the project’s 21st node validator, taking the last initial validator slot.
Going forward, the duo will also team up to develop new games on Oasys’ EVM-compatible Proof-of-Stake (PoS) blockchain, which it hopes will become a center for Triple A quality games with Play-to-Earn (P2E) integration.
Square Enix joins a number of big gaming names and partners with Oasys such as Sega, Double Jump, Bandai Namco and Ubisoft – with the latter also having eventful history with players opposing the company’s NFT Quartz gaming initiative.
In 2022, Square Enix has done irreparable damage to its image
– Investing in cryptocurrencies
– You no longer prioritize “fun” when playing games
– They are selling all their western studios
I’d call it self-sabotage, but it’s honestly nothing compared to what happened to Warner Bros. this year https://t.co/TD8d1O1nj9
— Bruh Momento (@JBoop_is_ballin) September 12, 2022
The pitchforks are gone
While the prospect of reputable gaming giants jumping behind a blockchain project is welcome news in the blockchain world, Square Enix’s move has not been well received by the mainstream gaming community.
The Gamer reported the news with the headline: “Square Enix Puts Feared NFT Plans Into Motion With Crypto Company Partnership.”
“Unlike most video game developers who have chosen to announce their ventures into the jpeg-filled world of NFT, Square Enix has merely doubled down on it,” the article notes, challenging a previous statement by Square Enix President and CEO Yosuke Matsuda. declaration on introducing P2E elements into games:
“He probably ignored the fact that so many NFT games are not only scams, but also look like they were created by a really bored monkey.”
Player @ShyVortex tweeted that the partnership was “really disgusting. I will never buy a Square Enix game again,” while @eramaster12 asked “what the hell is it going to take to make them stop?.”
@Pilnok also commented that it “became tiresome and awkward” and @ManuelRomer2 added “how about not completely?”
— RecklesFlam1ngo (@RecklesFlam1ngo) September 12, 2022
Square Enix and blockchain
Square Enix has been gradually expanding its blockchain-related plans in 2022, despite a dismissive stance.
Matsuda said in a New Year’s letter in January that he was particularly interested in the idea of introducing a blockchain-enabled “token economy” to games to incentivize both players and users who create content to add to games.
“With advances in token economies, explicit incentives will be provided to users, leading not only to greater consistency in their motivation, but also to creating a tangible benefit to their creative efforts,” he wrote.
While blockchain has yet to creep into Square Enix’s games, the company kicked it off with a release in July tokenized characters characters for $129.99 with characters like Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy.