Tomonobu Itagaki, the creator of Tecmo’s Dead or Alive fighting game series, is making NFT games under his new company, Apex Game Studios. The new studio announced its first game as Warrior, an MMORPG that will largely revolve around NFTs (non-fungible tokens) as a core feature. The Japanese creator’s new studio aims to produce “high-quality and immersive 3A Web3.0 games.”
Itagaki was the former boss of Team Ninja, the developer behind franchises like Nioh, Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden. The newly formed Apex Game Studios currently has around 100 employees based in Japan and Singapore. The company’s debut game, Warrior, will be a mobile and PC game built on Unreal Engine.
A press release provided by the company gives us an idea of what its new game will strive for:
“The Warrior Project is about to make its initial decentralized exchange offering, or IDO, and release the first Alpha version, and a series of Giveaway events are ongoing in the communities. Itagaki expressed that one of the main characteristics a blockchain game must have to succeed is to be a real game that is fun and attracts attention — precisely what his team wants to achieve with Warrior.”
According to a roadmap on its official website, Warrior will release its beta version in the first quarter of 2023.
A new press release gives us more information on Itagaki’s plans, which don’t stop at just NFTs, but exploring the potential of the Metaverse as well:
“[Itagaki] also commented that he was interested in not only developing games based on nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, but also the Metaverse and is planning to use the technologies as a great weapon. Itagaki believes it is vital to embrace the changes and take on the new challenges inherent in blockchain technology.”
The timing of this announcement is admittedly a little bizarre as it comes in light of a steep decline in NFT sales – the worst in its history since last year.
Source: Warrior Twitter