Good riddance - STALKER 2 Backs Away from NFTs Following Consumer Backlash
NFT's have no place in game design
Published: 17th December 2021 | Source: STALKER 2 |
GSC Game World Abandon's STALKER 2's NFTs following backlash
Earlier this week, GSC Game World, the developer behind S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl announced that the game would feature NFT integrations, granting owners of these NFTs the ability to have themselves added to the game as an NPC. To say the least, fans of the game weren't happy.
STALKER 2's planned NFT integration was advertised with all the modern gibberish that you can expect from a bad idea. Saying that gamers could become "the first Metahumans" and that purchasers could be part of the "Stalker Metaverse". With "Meta" and "Metaverse" being the latest financial/technological marketing spin words of choice, most gamers have been left wondering what's the point of all this.
While GSC Game World was quick to clarify that STALKER 2 wouldn't be a "blockchain-based game", and that NFT purchases were optional and wouldn't affect gameplay, gamers were understandably miffed.
Gamers want to game, they don't want to see financial instruments in games, whether it be blockchain or NFTs. Like many gamers, I was sad to see STALKER 2 fall into gaming's latest financialization trend. Thankfully, GSC Game World has decided to move away from NFTs, and hopefully other developers will follow suit (cough, Ubisoft, cough).
Below is GSC Game World's letter to fans, confirming that they were backing away from their NFT plans.
We Hear you. Based on the feedback we recieved. we've made a decision to cancel anything NFT-related in S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2.
The interests of our fans and players are the top priority for the team. We're making this game for you to enjoy - whatever the cost is. If you care, we care too.
GSC Game World Team
In a world where blockchain technologies have ruined the PC gaming market thanks to rampant cryptocurrency mining, causing major hardware shortages within the GPU market, there are many PC gamers who despise anything blockchain. Blockchain and its related technologies is why GPUs are currently selling for insane prices, and why it's getting harder to get into PC gaming. The backlash against STALKER 2's use of NFTs should have been expected.
While NFTs have nothing to do with the cryptocurrency mining craze, they are another blockchain-related technology that's trying to sink its fingers into the gaming world. NFTs won't result in the creation of better games, they will only result in games that are more financialized than their predecessors.
Let's be clear here, NFT won't make games any better. They are simply another way for game developers to make money, and a way for studios to potentially move beyond microtransactions by giving gamers "unique" items.
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