It seems that free-to-play MMO Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds, which just lately launched worldwide, is tied up with the blockchain. Builders Netmarble have additionally stated that they are trying to implement NFTs in to the sport by the top of the yr.
Tanking the entire goodwill inherent in its Ghibli aesthetic, Netmarble’s website states:
“Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds employs a gameplay-based blockchain system, giving gamers who get pleasure from Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds the chance to play to earn tokens by way of gameplay.
Gamers can purchase two kinds of tokens within the Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds blockchain system, and our workforce will do our greatest to protect the token values.”
The phrase “do our greatest” is placing in quite a lot of work there, when you ask me!
Many gamers within the recreation’s official Discord are asking for the blockchain parts to be eliminated. One of the well-liked posts states that the combination “in its present kind, is ruining the sport and enjoyable.” That is as a result of considered one of Netmarble’s promoted currencies can be utilized to routinely buy a number of the greatest gear within the recreation. The place this stuff had been as soon as obtainable by way of gacha pulls, giving all gamers at the very least some probability to get fortunate, they’re now solely buyable through the sport’s tie-in to the crypto financial system.
The builders’ roadmap on their web site additionally quietly states that NFTs can be within the recreation by This autumn 2022, although what kind these will take just isn’t but clear. It has many particulars on precisely how gamers will have the ability to faff about exchanging in-game foreign money for tokens for Netmarble’s particular cryptocurrency for different cryptos and so forth and so forth, which I cannot be making an attempt to summarise right here as a result of I’ve however one life on this inexperienced earth.
Netmarble, South Korea’s greatest cell video games firm, wrote in a blogpost just a few days in the past that they’re “strategically on monitor towards establishing a sustainable, multilateral, and dependable blockchain recreation ecosystem.” They’ve already carried out it into battle royale MMORPG A3: Nonetheless Alive alongside Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds, and say they’ve extra deliberate for the longer term.