The company had a 2022 Shareholders’ Meeting Report earlier this month and they confirmed their plans to keep utilising blockchain technology in their game development.
The company has a medium-term goal of including “the development of blockchain games and entertainment products.”
The company’s president, Yosuke Matsuda, commented on the potential of Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest being included in these plans.
He said: “It’s still too early to consider making Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy blockchain games.”
Square Enix has been making aggressive moves into the NFT space and has actually offloaded a number of IPs in order to invest in the development of blockchain games.
They sold off Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montreal and Square Enix Montreal, while also letting go of IPs like Tomb Raider, Deus Ex and Thief. They received $300m from Embracer group.
Square Enix said afterwards that “the transaction enables the launch of new businesses by moving forward with investments in fields including blockchain, AI, and the cloud”.
It remains to be seen how NFT games will be received in the mainstream marketplace, given the constant boom and bust cycle of investments into cryptocurrency.
However, one has to say that it is somewhat reassuring to know that Final Fantasy is not about to become a blockchain game any time soon.
Instead, there are multiple mainstream Final Fantasy games currently in development; Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker is releasing in November, while there are multiple other projects coming to both console and mobile.
We’ll keep you updated with any more information surrounding blockchain games, both from Square Enix and beyond.
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