Dead or Alive designer Tomonobu Itagaki has announced his new company, Apex Game Studios, which is developing an NFT-oriented MMORPG called Warrior.
“My studio is focused on producing high quality and immersive [triple-A] Web3.0 Games,” Itagaki wrote. “Warrior aims to address GameFi 1.0 performance and security issues and achieve GameFi 2.0.”
It’s aiming to launch in the first quarter of 2023 (thanks, Eurogamer), but the reaction so far hasn’t been so positive. Web3 encompasses blockchain and NFTs, cryptographic receipts for digital items such as GIFs and artwork. With so many game developers and publishers joining the racket, NFTs have been controversial given their environmental impact and the number of stolen artworks. They have proven unpopular with a wider audience, losing ground over the past year.
“Man, why,” wrote one commenter. “I’m so sad right now,” added another. “Oof. What a shame,” someone added. The general feeling is disappointment, but the project is moving forward. Warrior is being developed in Unreal Engine but not much is known beyond that.
We know there will be “competition, battle and exploration”, as well as 100 types of monsters, just like with any other MMO. You can summon these mobs to watch battles while, as is MMO tradition, there will be a trading system. However, this system will likely be integrated with blockchain and Web3.0 mechanics as it is described as allowing you to trade “almost any asset” via “Warrior Diamond Tokens”. However, this is also related to crafting and cosmetics.
But not all game designers are fans of NFTs. Just last week, a developer snuck into a conference to talk about “why NFTs are a nightmare”, claiming they lower trust and aren’t sustainable, hurting the future of the game. ‘industry.
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