Square Enix President Yosuke Matsuda

Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda is doubling down on the blockchain, NFTs, and Web 3.0 tech in his 2023 New Year’s Letter, even after followers closely criticized final yr’s letter as being extraordinarily out of contact. Unfortunately, regardless of 2022 being a fully horrific yr for cryptocurrency and NFTs, Matsuda spent most of his newest letter discussing the corporate’s plans to make the most of the blockchain in a number of upcoming titles.

Square Enix president emphasizes blockchain initiatives as a substitute of confirmed properties in newest New Year’s letter

Matsuda’s letter exhibits the identical enthusiasm for blockchain gaming and NFTs because it did final yr. However, like with nearly each different govt discussing the subject, there’s no details about what objective the expertise will serve past the novelty issue.

Square Enix, as an entire, has appeared listless for the previous few years. It shed its western studios final yr and has pumped out an incredible quantity of lower-budget titles to largely mediocre opinions. Only the corporate’s venerable Final Fantasy sequence has any route, and that’s possible as a consequence of affect from Naoki Yoshida and Yoshinori Kitase.

Worryingly, Matsuda doesn’t point out that two main Final Fantasy initiatives, Final Fantasy 16 and Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, are slated to be launched in 2023. He didn’t even spotlight Forspoken, which is slated to launch on January 24. Given his lack of enthusiasm in regards to the merchandise that’ll truly make Square Enix cash, it’s no marvel that many are questioning his priorities.


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