Following a related letter from Square Enix’s president, Final Fantasy 14 fans urged the company to reconsider supporting NFTs.
In the new year, fans of Final Fantasy 14 critically-acclaimed fans are worried about the future of gaming, as Square Enix recently revealed disturbing plans for the game’s future. Even before any official announcements are made, fans are still pushing back against the possible impact that a recent statement by the Square Enix president could have on Final Fantasy 14.
Final Fantasy 14 has been out for years up until this point and has recently seen tremendous success with the Endwalker expansion. Therefore, a game with a large number of players must be responsible for listening to the fans, to avoid not retaining players.
On New Year’s Day 2022, a letter from Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda was published on the official Square Enix website. In the letter, Matsuda spoke in favor of cryptocurrency, NFT, and a movement from games designed for players “playing for fun” to “playing for fun,” as he said. Naturally, such claims are drawing backlash from players, based on the controversial position, lack of advice and often financial unsustainable NFTs and cryptocurrencies currently in the game. . Especially in a game that lives on content updates like Final Fantasy 14, the possibility of such things being implemented in future expansions is a real cause for concern.
The majority of recent relevant posts on the Final Fantasy 14 subreddit are calling for Square Enix to reconsider its NFT projects, with Matsuda’s letter drawing widespread attention to the matter. Hopefully with the financial failure of other companies’ NFT ventures, Square Enix will avoid the trouble of getting involved in this controversial technology again, but only time will tell.
The context of the letter resonates a lot in the Final Fantasy series, especially Final Fantasy 7 and its recent remake, carrying a message mainly in favor of environmental protection. Implementing technologies that are widely known for their high negative environmental impact into the same series as Final Fantasy 7 would betray the core values held up by much of the franchise, coming soon. here Square Enix will become a parallel competitor with its own villains. Even Final Fantasy 7 itself isn’t immune to corporate policy, as evidence suggests the FF7 Remake’s PC update is rushed and unfinished.
Square Enix isn’t the only major company entering the blockchain space, and it’s not even the only one to do so that goes against the brand’s core ideals; Japan’s SEGA announced last year that the company would be testing NFTs, but the backlash seems to have been effective against the potentially devastating move, with Sonic the Hedgehog’s environmentalist messages often considered to be the opposite of NFT. For now, it remains to be seen how Square Enix will approach the NFT and how the Final Fantasy 14 community will react to them.
Final Fantasy 14 is currently available for PC, PS4, and PS5.