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By published 13 July 22
Tomonobu Itagaki promises ‘high-quality and immersive 3A Web3.0 games.’
The creator of Dead or Alive Tomonobu Itagaki has announced the name of his new company—Apex Game Studios—along with its first project. And… well, it’s NFTs.
Warrior, the first game from Itagaki’s new studio, promises a “3A” fantasy MMO experience that looks like it’s based around a Pokémon-style system of collecting and battling “mob servants”, each of which is an NFT. If that sounds a little sparse on detail, it’s probably because the bulk of Warrior’s website and press release instead centres on a bunch of verbiage about the  Web3 (that is to say, blockchain) technology that underpins the whole thing.
Indeed, Warrior’s players can delight in an experience that “aims to solve the performance, security and sustainability issues of GameFi 1.0” through the game’s in-built token system. These “Warrior Diamond Tokens” allow the trade of practically “all the assets that players obtain in the game.”
My Apex Game Studios set up and incubated its first game @warriorgame_io My Studio focuses on producing high-quality and immersive 3A Web3.0 gamesWarrior aims to solve the performance and security issues of GameFi 1.0 and achieve GameFi 2.0👇More: 12, 2022
In simpler terms, that pretty much means your ownership of in-game items and cosmetics is going to be registered on a blockchain, and can then be traded around with other players like assets on a commodity market. How Warrior intends to solve the performance, security, and sustainability issues of GameFi—or ‘play-to-earn’—development is left very vague. Outside of references to a “multi-chain” framework, there’s not much to indicate whether Warrior will run on an environmentally costly ‘proof of work’ system, or something a little greener.
Itagaki’s ambitions don’t end there. Once the NFT-based Warrior is out of the way, Apex Game Studios plan to try their hand at making games in the Metaverse, just as soon as someone figures out what that actually means.
The whole announcement reads like Deutsche Bank and Blizzard double-booked a conference room and just decided to present simultaneously, and it’s hard not to be a bit skeeved-out by it. Everything about Warrior so far is big on “here’s how we’re going to generate a self-sustaining economic engine” and light on “here’s how we’re going to make a game anyone wants to play.” Considering that we’re still in the wake of a crypto crash and a flatlining NFT market, it’s difficult to see it panning out positively for anyone. And it’s sad to see another once-great creator join the gold rush.
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