Sega, the renowned game development company based in Japan, has hinted at the use of NFT (non-fungible token) and metaverse elements in its new game proposal. Dubbed “Super Game,” this new framework includes a series of AAA games that will use the new and existing IP (intellectual property) of the company to innovate using Sega’s technology. Masayoshi Kikuchi, a producer at the company, stated in an interview that this will serve to explore how different games can be connected together, hinting at a possible IP metaverse.
Sega Explains ‘Super Game’ Initiative
Sega, one of the most influential Japanese game development companies, has provided more details about its “Super Game” initiative and how new technologies like NFTs and the metaverse might be included in it. The company detailed that the “Super Game” framework includes a series of requirements that games under this new philosophy must meet.
According to an interview given by Sega’s executive VP Shuji Utsumi, the requirements these games must meet are to have a multi-platform release, a global multi-language development, a simultaneous worldwide release, and to be developed as AAA titles with big budgets associated. All of this points to these games being developed as “global blockbusters.”
Sega had previously announced it might consider investing 100 billion yen ($882 million) for this initiative to come to fruition.
NFT and Metaverse Vibes
Sega executives did not limit themselves to explaining only this new initiative for the near future. In the interview, they also referred to the future of the company and the future of gaming as a whole. Sega producer Masayoshi Kikuchi declared:
It is a natural extension for the future of gaming that it will expand to involve new areas such as cloud gaming and NFT. We are also developing SuperGame from the perspective of how far different games can be connected to each other.
Sega already registered the “Sega NFT” trademark in Japan in December, although it has also said that they could drop NFT experiments within the company if gamers saw them as a money-making scheme.
The “connected” trait of different IPs might also mean that Sega could be planning to develop a metaverse for its IPs. However, this is not a new idea, as another Japanese developer is already going in this direction. Bandai Namco is currently developing a multi-IP metaverse, with Gundam being the first IP developed in this plan.