Stalker 2 is the highly-anticipated Xbox FPS arriving in April 2022, but it's certainly drummed up a bit of controversy today with the announcement that it'll be implementing NFTs as part of the newly-created "Stalker Metaverse".
So how does this work? Basically, the developer "will use blockchain technology to let the community own a piece of [the game]." As a result, GSC Game World says "the rights to certain unique items will belong to players."
As of this month, people can register for item drops that will "evolve into a new gaming feature built on top of Stalker 2." The first drop will take place via an auction next month, and will see the "first-ever metahuman released and exposed to hundreds of millions of gamers worldwide", taking the form of a highly-detailed NPC.
In an interview with Wccftech, GSC Game World CEO Evgeniy Grygorovych explained this in more detail:
"The owner of the metahuman will be able to trade the right to be a metahuman (NFT) until a certain date before the official game release. The right to become a metahuman will be tradable between users until the final claim date. We will keep the community posted on this matter in January."
"Also, the person who claims the NPC in the game will still hold a metahuman right for further NFT trading or/and claiming it in the other game (still to be announced) from the publisher. The player will also be able to use the metahuman here.
Besides this, we are also looking at an opportunity for the owner of the meta rights to be able to claim the metahuman after the game release. Basically, there will be no limit to trading the related NFT until the owner claims it in the game and goes through the process of scanning and appearing in the game as an NPC."
Grygorovych went on to point out that the NFT approach for Stalker 2 "differs from others on the market" and he sees "no problem with adding an NFT into a single-player experience, as long as the offer is fun and valuable, it’s optional and doesn’t affect the experience of others, [and] it doesn’t change the gameplay at all."
Finally, he acknowledged that "lots of things have been done improperly in the space", but he hopes to change that:
"We think it’s a really special offer to the community and a great opportunity to 'make the NFT thing right'. We are excited to see how it actually turns out.
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