The new installment of Ni No Kuni, an RPG franchise brought to you by independent gaming studio Level 5 and animated by Studio Ghibli, has been launched with blockchain elements present. The game, which is designed for mobile and PC platforms, features a token system that lets players use their earnings outside of the game, and will offer support for NFTs in the future.
‘Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds’ Goes Blockchain
More and more game developers are now incorporating blockchain and play-to-earn elements into their games as a means of innovating and empowering players. “Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds,” the new sequel to the acclaimed RPG franchise developed by independent Japanese studio Level 5, has announced that it will set up its own game economy using NFTs and tokens.
The game, which features Studio Ghibli animations and five different characters, each with different features and stories, will use these elements to enrich the player’s experience. According to the game’s official page:
We aim to emphasize the intrinsic fun factor of the game and create a token economy structure that benefits both players and token holders.
Furthermore, the company said that these tokens will be used “to avoid speculative pre-sales and NFT pre-releases.”
token economy and reception
Ni No Kuni: Cross World designed its token economy with a dual token system. Players will be able to earn two types of resources in the game: Terite and Asterite. Players will be able to exchange these resources for their respective terite and asterite tokens, the company providing the exchange functionality.
The game has also created a roadmap with these blockchain elements at its center, with the token planned to launch in Q3, and NFT content to be included in the game in Q4. However, the form of this NFT integration has not been defined.
This inclusion of blockchain and NFT elements has been negatively received by some fans of the franchise, who are upset with the new mechanism used by Level 5 to enrich the game. Other projects that have attempted or indicated their interest to incorporate such elements into games, such as Ubisoft and GSC Games, have also faced backlash.
While companies such as Square Enix have introduced these innovations as part of their business plan, the company’s president has expressed his support for the play-to-earn and NFT elements on various occasions.
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