The web might need bullied NFTs out of mainstream video games, however Sq. Enix is not going to let slightly factor like ‘what gamers need’ get in the way in which of its blockchain desires. The corporate has launched a brand new trailer for the upcoming Symbiogenesis, its NFT-based game that may, it threatens, function “10,000 collectible artworks” with “actual game utility”.

Yow will discover that trailer above, however do not get your hopes up. It principally consists of shots of (what I assume to be) in-game landscapes, with just about no new info in any respect. Sq. Enix is approach extra enthusiastic about telling you about all of the hundreds and hundreds of NFT knick-knacks you’ll choose up within the game than it’s in truly describing what taking part in it can seem like. So as an alternative of speculating, let’s as an alternative concentrate on this unhinged slide from the game’s Challenge Analysis Report, created by “web3 game guild” LGG.

(Picture credit score: LGG)

Initially noticed by GreatCheshire on Twitter, I really feel like this single slide provides a greater perception into the form of slog Symbiogenesis goes to be than any of the vaguely detailed bullet factors on its web site. In equity, it was put collectively by a third-party fairly than the corporate itself, however Sq. Enix hyperlinks the report within the “Official hyperlinks” part of the game’s Discord, and it feels prefer it has extra thought behind it than just about something we have but seen about Symbiogenesis’ gameplay or narrative thus far. 

Whereas Sq. Enix guarantees that “the principle story consisting of all 6 chapters and missions will be performed to the tip even with out having any Character NFT,” it feels just like the game’s design course of started with somebody writing that “Income” field on a whiteboard and dealing backwards from there. 

Sq. Enix has but to place out any correct in-game footage, the artwork we have seen has made heavy and apparent reuse of belongings, and the gameplay part on the Symbiogenesis web site (which yow will discover on its About web page, right underneath a number of blurbs about NFTs) says you may “Progress by means of the principle story and missions whereas additionally unlocking the tales held by the characters,” which might nearly describe any game ever. 

Loads of large video games spend a number of time eager about monetisation, in fact, and I wager quite a lot of of them have drawn up equally nightmarish flowcharts. Nonetheless, there’s one thing notably skeevy about Symbiogenesis, which looks like its gossamer-thin gameplay layer was devised as an afterthought to justify its monetisation. Much more perplexing: the NFT market has shrunk dramatically since its heyday, so who’s all these things even for?

Nicely, Sq. Enix executives, most likely. The corporate seems to be set to interchange its present, crypto-loving president with a brand new crypto-loving president. Takashi Kiryu, who’s tipped to interchange present prez Yosuke Matsuda on the firm’s June shareholders’ assembly, beforehand labored at Dentsu, which is approach into Web3 and blockchain stuff, where he targeted on the “scouting of latest and disruptive applied sciences”. So do not count on a cease to this nonsense any time quickly.

If the game’s roadmap is to be believed, its first chapter (of six) will launch in mid-Could.