Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda has once again shared his interest in exploring the world of blockchain video games.
As reported and translated by VGC, Matsuda was speaking to Yahoo Japan and shared that focusing on only traditional games would be “not enough” for the company’s future. His thoughts revolve around rewarding those players who want to create content for the games they love.
“In the future, we would like to try our hand at providing ‘autonomous game content’,” Matsuda said. “Until now, in most games, we provided the content as a finished product and the players played that content. However, there are a certain number of players in the world who want to contribute to making games more interesting, by creating new settings and ways of playing.”
Matsuda continued to say that, instead of hoping players would only create content for games because it was their passion, he thinks there could be a world where the company can incentivize those who go above and beyond to create something special using “technologies such as blockchain.”
“In the future, we want to utilise the power of these people to create games that will continue to evolve,” Matsuda said. “If, instead of relying on goodwill, we can also provide incentives to those who contribute to development by utilising technologies such as blockchain, there is a possibility that innovative and interesting content can be created from the ideas of users.”
These comments follow the controversial letter written by Matsuda on New Year’s Day 2022 that was all about NFTs, blockchain games, the Metaverse, and more.
At the very least, Final Fantasy 14 director and producer Naoki Yoshida confirmed that he and the team have no intentions of incorporating NFTs into the MMO.
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