Square Enix has partnered with NFT ecosystem Enjin to release Final Fantasy NFTs.
A digital collection of cards celebrating the 25th anniversary of Final Fantasy 7 will be released on the Efinity cross-chain network and available to those who purchase items from the physical collection, which is slated to launch in 2023.
An action figure is available for pre-order now; the deluxe version of which will include a code to redeem an NFT version of the figure.
Pre-orders for the physical trading cards will go live later this year.
Enjin says it’s a “destination for eco-conscious blockchain [users]”, that it “provides environmentally friendly solutions for building decentralized gaming products”, and that it is “committed to carbon neutral NFTs” (by 2030).
It all seems a bit ironic when Final Fantasy 7’s ecological themes involve a megacorporation sucking life from the planet – where’s Avalanche when you need them?
“This partnership marks a coming-of-age phase for digital assets and entertainment; Square Enix, an esteemed developer with iconic intellectual property, is leading the way for the industry,” said Witek Radomski, Director of Finally.
“By using Efinity, fans can experience interactive NFTs without even realizing they’re on the blockchain. Enjin can establish the next phase of blockchain entertainment growth, fusing curiosity and creativity.”
The NFT Collection follows a speech by Square Enix President Yosuke Matsuda earlier this year, in which he expressed hope that NFTs and blockchain technology would become a “major trend” in gaming.
He reiterated his interest in the technology in April, although last month he claimed it was “too early” to make Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy blockchain games.
Square Enix held a 25th anniversary livestream last month, announcing the release of Final Fantasy 7 Remake on Steam, a preview of Rebirth aka Remake Part Two, and a remaster of the PSP title Crisis Core.