The president closely stated that traditional game development, most especially in the domestic Japanese market, is simply “not enough” for Square Enix. Matsuda added that he wants to “utilise the power of autonomous game content to create games that will continue to evolve” by using blockchain tech to incentivise any of such user generated content.
Speaking to Yahoo Japan, Matsuda stated, “In the future, we would like to try our hand at providing ‘autonomous game content’. Until now, in most games, we provided the content as a finished product and the players played that content. However, there are a certain number of players in the world who want to contribute to making games more interesting, by creating new settings and ways of playing.
“In the future, we want to utilise the power of these people to create games that will continue to evolve,” he added. “If, instead of relying on goodwill, we can also provide incentives to those who contribute to development by utilising technologies such as blockchain, there is a possibility that innovative and interesting content can be created from the ideas of users.”
Matsuda’s comments follow a controversial New Year’s letter where he expressed hope that NFTs and blockchain technology will go on to become a “major trend” in gaming. He went on to state that he believes they will be major growth areas for the industry this year from cloud gaming, AI and blockchain titles.