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Square Enix already made clear that it plans to spend money on blockchain expertise and NFTs earlier this yr. Despite how more and more unpopular NFTs have grow to be within the ensuing months, Square has caught to its plans and not too long ago unveiled its first NFT for the Final Fantasy franchise. Of course, it’s associated to Final Fantasy VII.
Specifically, it’s a digital determine of protagonist Cloud Strife. Thankfully, there’s an precise actual statue you should purchase from the Square Enix retailer for $160, however the firm is clearly keen for patrons to acquire the digital model as properly.
We’re not even going to get into the irony of constructing a Final Fantasy VII NFT or how needlessly sophisticated getting the digital determine is in comparison with simply paying precise cash for the bodily one, however buried within the merchandise’s description on the web site is a quite damning admission by Square Enix. Namely, that you just run the danger of shedding the determine sooner or later.
To get the digital determine, you want an account with the Enjin NFT platform. Since the determine is tied to the platform, the determine might be misplaced to the ether if the platform ever goes away. Considering there’s no such threat with shopping for the bodily determine, it’s laborious to see why any fan would select to amass the digital one as an alternative.
Square Enix little doubt has plans for future Final Fantasy NFTs. One saving grace, nonetheless, is that they received’t be included into the Final Fantasy XIV MMO, based on that game’s director Naoki Yoshida. Since he’s additionally serving as producer on Final Fantasy XVI, it’s doubtless secure to imagine that game received’t characteristic them both.
Although Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda has expressed curiosity and optimism with NFTs and their potential future inside gaming, it looks like increasingly more corporations are desirous to distance themselves from them. Only yesterday, Minecraft developer Mojang stated NFTs are banned from its game, and even Blizzard Entertainment appears disinterested in them.