Of course fans are furious about Final Fantasy VII’s NFTs


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Despite linear gamers snubbing NFTs, Square Enix is doubling down on its commitment to non-fungible tokens with the launch of two projects designed to support next year’s Final Fantasy VII 25th anniversary. In a major show of confidence in its decision to invest in blockchain technology, Square Enix is bringing NFTs to its biggest and most prestigious games franchise, Final Fantasy VII.

Yet, fans aren’t happy with the decision. They took to Twitter (where else?) to vent, with @confusionmydude typing: “Yo, why are you guys making NFTs? Especially FFVII ones? That goes against the messaging of the game and the way you’re packaging them somehow doesn’t fully jive with the logic of NFTs either. This is a product for no one. Do better.”

The Final Fantasy VII series focuses on a climate disaster and has a strong environmental message, so it’s kind of ironic this will be Square Enix’s first big NFT release. Historically NFTs have been seen as a new power-hungry tech and believed to be harming the environment. You can read more about this and exactly how non-fungible tokens work in our guide, What are NFTs?. Our guide to the best NFT marketplaces also highlights which blockchains are actually carbon neutral.

A screenshot of a character from Final Fantasy VII for an NFT

Square Enix has confirmed it will be creating Final Fantasy NFTs, releasing in 2023 (Image credit: Square Enix)

Square Enix appears to be listening to its fans, or at least acknowledging concerns. Its forthcoming NFTs will be created in partnership with Enjin, and will be minted on the Efinity blockchain, a side-chain of Polkadot, which is less energy intensive than Ethereum. Enjin plans on making its Efinity platform open to developers to create NFT-power games, so we could even see Square Enix’s first tokenised games emerging on this blockchain.



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