Square Enix insists on its commitment to blockchain in its New Year letter

Final January 2022, we echoed that the New Yr’s greeting letter from Sq. Enix indicated that the corporate was trying to guess on NFTs and the blockchain sooner or later. On this yr’s letter, the Japanese firm redoubles its pursuits on this market.

That is said by the president of Sq. Enix, Yosuke Matsuda, within the textual content that celebrates the entry of 2023, the place he assures that this yr can be considered one of “nice evolutions and transformations”, through which “a number of blockchain video games primarily based on authentic IPs will arrive in improvement proper now.” A few of them can be introduced quickly.

“Blockchain has been the topic of rejoicing and a supply of controversy, however with that in our rear view, we count on blockchain gaming to maneuver into a brand new stage of improvement in 2023.” Nevertheless, Matsuda believes that the controversies surrounding the blockchain have in the end made it a fair higher match for Sq. Enix.

“If these controversies have been a step ahead in rule making and a extra clear enterprise surroundings, then it’ll have been good for the expansion of blockchain leisure. Maintaining a tally of these altering landscapes whereas them from an elevated perspective presents a distinct imaginative and prescient than the one we’ve got if we concentrate on them solely in technological or speculative phrases […] As I stated in final yr’s New Yr’s letter, if we contemplate that the normal recreation has been centralized, then the blockchain recreation has to have a decentralized and self-sufficient mannequin. That is the philosophy that I believe is the important thing.”

Along with this, it has been identified that a number of firm video games can be closed this 2023. On January 11, the battle royale of Remaining Fantasy 7, The First Soldier can be closed; later, on February 28, the cellular spin-off Bravely Default: Good Lights will do the identical.

Sq. Enix has identified that “because the launch of the service on January 27, 2022, we’ve got made a number of efforts to supply a greater service, however we’ve got come to the conclusion that it is going to be troublesome to offer providers that fulfill our shoppers sooner or later, so we’ve got determined to finish it. We want to present honest gratitude to our customers for his or her assist and sincerely apologize for this announcement.” It has additionally been introduced that Bravely Default: Good Lights will get an offline mode in some unspecified time in the future.

It isn’t the one recreation that Sq. Enix has determined to shut these days: we just lately found that Chocobo GP would additionally stop its updates. The sport will nonetheless be playable, however there can be no extra content material or seasons.