has that Symbiogenesis, an upcoming project that was widely rumored to be Parasite Eve-related, is actually something else — and it's centered around . The publisher described Symbiogenesis as "its first digital collectible art project designed from the ground up for Web3 fans."
Symbiogenesis takes place in a self-contained world containing a large cast of characters that can be collected as NFTs. Square Enix says you'll be able to use these digital artworks as profile pictures on social media accounts, something you definitely wouldn't be able to do by simply taking a screenshot.
— SYMBIOGENESIS (@symbiogenesisPR) November 3, 2022
In addition, you can use your character "in a story that takes place in an alternate world where the player can ’untangle’ a mystery by completing missions that revolve around questions of the monopolization and distribution of resources," Square Enix . That's somewhat ironic, given that the entire perceived value of NFTs is derived from artificial scarcity.
The publisher will start selling NFTs (which will likely be on the Ethereum blockchain) in spring 2023, alongside the debut of "a free browser service" on Google Chrome. The browser-based approach makes some sense. Symbiogenesis wouldn't make it onto Steam, .
Last December, it emerged that Ubisoft had in Ghost Recon Breakpoint, the first title in which it employed blockchain tech. A few weeks later, an Ubisoft executive claimed players would benefit from having a marketplace where they could buy and sell NFTs of in-game items, "but they for now." In April, Ubisoft announced that the game , effectively putting the game on ice and diminishing whatever value Ghost Recon Breakpoint's NFTs had.
It seems Square Enix is facing an uphill battle to make Symbiogenesis a success. It's not a surprise that the company is moving in this direction after announcing in January that it would . Square Enix some of its more notable Western studios this year and it to plow much of the proceeds into the blockchain and other tech before on that plan.
Meanwhile, Square Enix may have to try to placate fans who were that Symbiogenesis was actually a . After the publisher registered Symbiogenesis as a trademark last month, some pointed out that the term means “the merging of two separate organisms to form a single new organism" — which is one of the foundations of Parasite Eve's story. While that connection is somewhat tenuous, it's hard to blame fans for and that the project is ultimately an NFT grift.