Update 3:23 PM PT: Just under an hour after posting and deleting a tweet justifying the decision to include NFT technology in the upcoming STALKER 2, GSC Game World released a follow-up statement announcing that it is withdrawing from using NFTs.
“We hear you,” GSC Game World wrote in a new statement. “Based on the feedback we’ve received, we’ve decided to cancel everything NFT related in STALKER 2,” the developer wrote.
GSC Game World had come under intense scrutiny for its announcement of the use of NFT technology in the upcoming shooter. Critics say NFT in games offers nothing tangible for players while fueling a highly speculative market. There are also environmental concerns related to the energy consumption of NFT.
Check out the full statement from CSC Game World below.
Original story: STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl developer GSC Game World has responded to criticism over its decision to include NFTs in the upcoming first-person shooter game.
In a tweet now deleted from the official STALKER game account, GSC elaborated on its decision to include NFTs, asking fans to “hear us and understand our reasons”. It’s unclear why GSC deleted the tweet shortly after it was posted this Thursday afternoon US time, but the general feeling of the community seems to be negative, or not thrilled at best.
Here’s a screenshot of the now-deleted statement.
All of the funds GSC earns from the sale of NFTs will go toward game development costs, GSC said.
“Why did we choose NFT?” the statement reads. “It’s a new technology and we’d like to do NFT right, give certain fans the chance to get into the game without interfering with other players’ experience. Therefore, the tokens are completely optional and don’t affect the gameplay or the gameplay. story (no weapons, quests, locations, etc.) and can only be activated before game release [date].”
GSC has stated that it makes some NFTs for STALKER 2, but a particular draw is a token that allows its owner to become an in-game NPC, provided they can go to GSC’s studio in Ukraine after successfully hitting the NFT have bid. An auction will take place in January 2022, with the winning bidder receiving the prize for becoming what GSC calls a “metahuman” in STALKER 2. The winning bidder will also be able to sell their price token to someone else if they wish.
Other NFTs GSC plans to include: Player nicknames/names on in-game items or architecture, gloves, tattoos, skins and badges for multiplayer mode, and collectible cards. GSC partners with the NFT marketplace “DMarket” to facilitate auctions and the collectible cards.
GSC added that their decision to partner with DMarket was influenced by a desire to minimize blockchain carbon emissions and other harmful effects.
So in short: GSC still seems to be implementing NFTs in STALKER 2 when it launches in April 2022.
Ubisoft Quartz – How the Blockchain Powered NFT System Works
NFTs have quickly become a divisive and often derisive subject in the video game and technology world. Large studios and companies like Ubisoft and Fable maker Peter Molyneux implement NFTs in their respective games, including simple cosmetics and more elaborate purchases.
“Hey bro – you don’t need NFTs or blockchain to pre-sell unique, custom stuff in your game,” Gearbox founder and CEO Randy Pitchford tweeted. “I don’t like that kind of thing because it’s kind of a shittier version of ad placement. But it’s been done for years and you don’t need NFTs to do it. Anyway – love your job!”
Meanwhile, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has been unkind to blockchain and NFT implementation, calling it “more exploitative than entertainment.”
Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer for IGN.