It’s the turn of the legendary Final Fantasy franchise to launch in non-fungible tokens (NFTs). The Square Enix studio has confirmed the news: it will associate the tokens with physical objects. It’s a cautious first step for the brand, which knows how cautious gamers are when it comes to blockchain.
Non-fungible Tokens (NFTs) for Final Fantasy
NFTs are offered on the occasion of the 25th anniversary from the release of Final Fantasy VII, one of the franchise’s most iconic games. The news was announced at San Diego Comic-Con, which runs through July 24.
For the occasion, fans will be able to collect cards and physical figurines that represent the franchise’s mythical characters, such as Cloud Strife, among others. 200 different cards will be presented, and they will be distributed in random packs of six. It is possible for every package restore a non-fungible token of the card of his choice. Physical figurines will also be accessible, each with its equivalent in NFT.
These Final Fantasy NFTs will be available in 2023but visitors to San Diego Comic-Con can get a glimpse of it this week.
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A cautious introduction to the world of NFTs
We note a certain caution on the part of Square Enix, which speaks little in its announcement about NFTs, but rather about: digital versions of collectible figures and cards :
“[Les figurines] will also contain a code that can be used to obtain a digital version of the figurine, which consumers can access through a specific site on their PC or smartphone.»
The reason is a historical distrust of the video game community in light of the blockchain and cryptocurrencies. She had also expressed her dismay when Square Enix sold off some of its major franchises. to develop its Web3 initiatives.
However, these are indeed NFTs, which will be available through a collaboration with Enjin on Polkadot’s (DOT) parachain, Efinity. Square Enix invites interested parties to install the Enjin wallet to take advantage of these Final Fantasy NFTs. According to Enjin’s technical director, Witek Radomski, the choice of Polkadot over Ethereum (ETH) was based on technical considerations (particularly transaction costs and energy efficiency).
Cautiously, the news remains noteworthy: Final Fantasy is one of the most enduring and followed video game franchises: it would have sold 168 million games worldwide since its launch in 1987. This introduction to NFTs is proof that the field continues to interest big brands.
In any case, Square Enix had already shown interest in the sector. Earlier this year, the studio claimed that NFTs “would revolutionize the world of video games”. Moreover, he had confirmed last May that he intended to spend his own tokens. So the studio could be one step ahead of its competitors in the coming years.
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Source: Square Enix
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