Two big names in PlayStation are succumbing to the NFT craze. With their first game, Ashfall, they hope to create the first blockchain-based AAA.
We didn’t hear about them anymore and yet they are still there. The famous pay-to-earn, these NFT-based games have not said their last word. Despite the setbacks of those existing where scams and thefts are legion, veterans of The Last of Us, Uncharted and Days Gone have decided to get started.
An NFT game by veterans of The Last of Us and Days Gone
Two PlayStation veterans have announced their new studio: Liithos. Directed by Michael Mumbauer (The Last of Us, Uncharted) and John Garvin (Days Gone) it aims to create a new game with a little twist: it will focus on NFTs. Ashfall of its name, this project is presented as the ” first real AAA web 3.0 game on PC and consoles “. The title will immerse players in a post-apocalyptic open-world universe where humans try to survive in this world ravaged by global warming.
Ashfall will be playable via a “connected” solo adventure at first, then will move towards PvP and PvE with NFTs the key. It will be based on the HBAR cryptocurrency. News that may catch some fans off guard since non-fungible tokens have a bad reputation in the industry. Ask the developers of STALKER 2 or publisher Team17, who have been at the center of controversy after trying to ride the wave. For its part, Ubisoft intends to continue to put it everywhere, even if its own employees are against it.
A connected solo game with NFTs
The former veteran of The Last of Us nevertheless defends himself with VentureBeat :
In my opinion, there is a misunderstanding of what blockchain could represent for gamers. I see it as a train track and the main station is video games. All trains carry valuable goods, NFTs, to players via other stations. It’s a way to have even richer and more engaging experiences than before. We want to reward players who invest and enjoy doing so.
More concretely, players will be able to connect to the Hedera network, based on the blockchain, where discovery, research and exploration will be at the center of an experience centered around construction, sale and exchange. And NFTs of course. ” As always, our priority is to create engaging characters, engaging stories, evolving gameplay, and a world worth exploring. Not only in games, but in other media as well. “In an attempt to sell his project, the alumni of Days Gone and The Last of Us promise a partnership with creators of “legendary” comics, in particular with a transmedia project which will begin with a comic whose cover will be illustrated by Brett Booth known for his work at DC Comics.