Failing to give news of Bayonetta 3, PlatinumGames spoke about the NFTs and even allowed itself to tackle Konami for free in stride.
NFT, NFT, NFT… Looks like the industry is just talking about this, or takeovers. Fortunately, with this beginning of the year, we can count on beautiful and big releases like Horizon Forbidden West, Total War Warhammer 3 or Elden Ring to remind us that video games are not just about money. , but also… well… video games.
And if the players are, for the vast majority, fed up with these NFTs, they are not the only ones.
No NFT at PlatinumGames
This is notably the case of PlatinumGames which, in the columns of VGC, spoke on the subject and without language of wood. During an interview with the CEO Atsushi Inaba and the vice president Hideki Kamiyawe learn that the studio is not interested in it and even finds that NFTs have nothing positive to bring to the players. Inaba himself also admits not wanting to be among those who will make money on it.
We didn’t really think about it. I understand it’s a very hot topic right now and it’s starting to get a lot of traction, but it’s only focused on business profitability. In contrast, there is no positive impact for creators or users. It’s frustrating to see what’s going on.
People trying to promote NFTs and associating them with video game companies all have conversations that seem extremely one-sided. “Hey, you’re going to make money!” But how does this benefit the user or the creator Personally, if I want to devote my time to something, I want it to be to make good games.
As content becomes more and more digital, I think NFTs will grow in importance, but I also think early adopters see them as just a way to make as much profit as possible. To be honest, it’s not something I want to be a part of.
And when VGC ask for the opinion of Hideki Kamiya on the subject and the positioning of certain players like Konami, reputed to bet everything on NFTs, the man does not go overboard and tackles the Japanese publisher.
If it smells like money, Konami is there in a heartbeat! Honestly, this subject does not interest me at all. (…) I consider myself more of a user at heart than a businessman. For now, there is no advantage for players. In the future, if NFTs end up being developed in a way that’s good for users, maybe I’ll start looking into what they do with them. But I don’t see any of that right now.
We are therefore certain not to find any NFT in the next Bayonetta and if there is another thing for certain, it is that if PlatinumGames gives everyone a run for their money, they will certainly not go working hand in hand with Konami.