Sega, one of Japan’s largest gaming companies, has announced that it will launch its first blockchain game in collaboration with Double Jump Tokyo, another Japanese development company. The game, which is based on Sega’s Sangokushi Taisen franchise, will be built using Oasys, a Japanese project focused on scaling, to support its blockchain elements.
Sega to launch first blockchain-based game project
Sega, one of the most influential video game companies in Japan, has launched the first blockchain project. So SEGA announced that it will build its first blockchain-based game. The project, which will be built by another game company, Double Jump Tokyo, will be based on the Sangokushi Taisen franchise, a popular arcade game in Japan.
The Sangokushi Taisen franchise consists of a series of strategy games that allows its players to use virtual maps on a virtual terrain. The structure of the game lends itself to the implementation of blockchain elements, such as the tokenization of some of the game’s assets and the trading aspect of the cards. However, neither company has announced how these blockchain elements will be included in the game mechanics.
No tentative release date for the game has yet been announced, but Sega has not announced the development of a similar project.
Oasys Blockchain and Blockchain Gaming
Double Jump Tokyo has also announced that the blockchain portion of the game will use Oasys, a Japanese gaming project, as a medium. Oasys is a blockchain initiative that aims to be scalable enough to support a large number of concurrent players using its services. The company hopes to break into the AAA games circle with this game and other planned releases.
Oasys has the support of traditional entertainment powers and crypto-currency companies, such as Bandai Namco, Sega, Jump Crypto, and even Square Enix, which has become a blockchain validator and is currently exploring the launch of blockchain games using the technology.
Sega’s position on non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and blockchain games has been ambiguous. In January, the company stated that it may abandon the implementation of these technologies in its games if they are considered a money grab by its customers. However, more recently, in April, Sega hinted that it may include NFTs and metaverse elements as part of its strategy to develop “Super Game“.
Other AAA game companies like Ubisoft have been clearer, launching their own NFT marketplaces and including NFT elements in major franchise games. Square Enix has also included blockchain as a key part of its business plan for the future.