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Final fantasy maker Square Enix will launch NFT game on Polygon

Final fantasy maker Square Enix will launch NFT game on Polygon

The original story-based NFT game Symbiogenesis will be released on the scaling network instead of Ethereum’s mainnet.

Square Enix, the popular Japanese video game publisher behind series such as Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Kingdom Hearts, today announced that it will launch its upcoming NFT-based game Symbiogensis on Polygon, an Ethereum scaling network.

More details about Symbiogenesis

When Symbiogenesis was first revealed last November, the publisher stated that the story-driven collectibles game was going to launch on Ethereum. But the firm announced today that it will utilize Polygon instead. Polygon utilizes a sidechain to make transactions faster and cheaper than Ethereum’s mainnet.

“Square Enix opted to tap into Polygon’s high transaction speeds, low gas fees, and overall user-friendliness to deliver this unique experience to Web3 fans,” game producer Naoyuki Tamate said in a press release.

Since November, the publisher has been releasing information about the game via an official Twitter feed. However, there is currently no official website, full trailer, or in-game screenshots for the game, although it is scheduled to come out in the spring.

Square Enix provided additional details today. The game will utilize 10,000 character NFTs related to strategic game elements, among other NFTs. According to a Polygon Labs document, owning a character NFT offers “extra value” to the game but is not essential to play. Character NFT holders can make “replica NFTs” to exchange story information.

The story of Symbiogenesis will actually occur on a floating continent above a polluted future Earth. When a dragon threatens their safe haven, people will have to work together and make hard decisions.

The game will have turn-based gameplay that is tied to the story. As players successfully complete missions and either hold or trade NFTs, the story goes in different ways. Square Enix has shown off NFT items such as dragon tarot cards and a monster storybook, but they haven’t said much about how much they cost or how they change the game.

When Symbiogenesis was announced in November, Square Enix’s usual video game fans had a lot to say about it. That’s normal for Web3 games and projects made by big gaming companies, but in this case, some fans were upset because they thought the game would be a new entry in the long-dormant Parasite Eve franchise.

Square Enix has done a lot in the Web3 space over the past few years, but Symbiogenesis is its first real NFT-based game and its first internal project set in the Ethereum ecosystem.

Previously, Square Enix invested in the Ethereum metaverse game The Sandbox and stated that it will revive the dormant Dungeon Siege franchise within its gaming environment. In addition, the publisher has released NFT collectibles in Japan via the LINE blockchain and revealed Final Fantasy VII NFTs tied to physical action figures via Enjin’s Efinity platform built on Polkadot.

Even though some traditional gamers have complained about NFTs, Square Enix has kept focusing on the opportunity it sees in the space and investing in developing its Web3 efforts. Square Enix sold a number of studios and game franchises, such as Tomb Raider, for $300 million last May to help pay for new business endeavor, such as Web3 experiences.

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