If you are someone who likes to play Final Fantasy XIV, but who hates the idea of NFTs, then you’ll be happy to hear that the two seem unlikely to mix. According to the game’s producer and director, Naoki Yoshida, NFTs aren’t coming to the popular MMO anytime soon. However, Yoshida explained that he was still interested in the concept of NFTs and believed they could work in future games built with them in mind.
As spotted by FanbyteYoshida appeared in a Final Fantasy XIV “Letter from the Producer” stream yesterday. During the streamhe talked about blockchain technology in games, NFTs and how they would factor into the future of video games and Square Enix.
During the stream, Yoshida made it clear that NFTs would not be added to FF14.
“Based on how Final Fantasy 14 is designed, we have no plans to incorporate any sort of NFT element into the game at this point,” Yoshida explained. “If anyone is worried or concerned about this, I can clearly say at this stage that we have no intention of integrating this into the game.”
Later in the stream, he doubled down on that promise by saying “No NFT in FF14, so don’t worry. However, I’m still a bit worried, but not about FF14.
Earlier this year, Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda published a letter praising NFTs and even hoped that the scam that claimed to be technology of the future would become a “major trend in gaming in the future”. In this New Year’s letter, CEO Matsuda offered empty buzzwords, vague hints, and non-insights about Square Enix’s potential plans involving the metaverse, NFTs, and blockchain technology. It was…not great!
Yoshida is aware of this letter and commented on it during the stream, explaining that after the CEO’s letter was published, Square Enix noticed a “ a lot of reactions” on NFTs and how many western gamers seemed “opposed” to them. He further explained the situation in the stream, suggesting that people seem nervous about NFTs.
However, don’t assume that Yoshida is against the idea of incorporating NFTs into video games. I mean, that would be nice! But no. Instead, Yoshida expressed curiosity about NFTs and games, “completely unrelated to FF14“.
“I think the vehicle itself could potentially make the video game concept a bit more interesting,” Yoshida explained. “That being said, we would need a specific game design that would fit the concept of NFT.”
A reminder that NFTs are a giant scam and more people and companies within the gaming industry should be Committed to saying so publicly and frequently. However, as expected, most companies seem more than willing to start selling players NFTs in-game and otheir blockchain powered bullshit in order to make a quick buck before the inevitable bubble bursts.
This pop can’t come soon enough!