With all of the negative headlines surrounding non-fungible tokens recently, are businesses moving away from them? Only a few companies are taking this approach, but Sega is not one of them. The Japanese gaming behemoth recently discussed its “Super Game” concept, indicating that it refers to more than one game, with NFTs and cloud streaming among the possibilities.
Since it was announced during Sega’s financial results presentation last May, there has been a lot of conjecture about the company’s five-year Super Game program. Last month’s interview on Sega Japan’s recruitment website (translated by VGC) revealed more details on the project.
“We have defined ‘SuperGame’ as the development of AAA titles that span over SEGA’s full spectrum of technologies, and we will try to achieve this in our five-year plan,” stated Sega executive VP Shuji Utsumi.
Utsumi went on to say that while the titles under the Super Game banner may differ, they will all go beyond the “conventional framework of games.” He cited the example of making a title that capitalizes on the link between individuals who play games and those who prefer to watch them being streamed.
While that sounds intriguing, Utsumi dampened the mood with his next line. “It is a natural extension of gaming’s future that it will include new areas such as cloud gaming and NFTs.”
We’ve already heard about Sega’s Super Game initiative’s cloud gaming component. Last November, the company announced a partnership with Microsoft to create games on the Azure Cloud platform. Sega later confirmed that the agreement did not imply that Super Game would be exclusive to Microsoft.
Sega registered a ‘Sega NFT’ trademark in January, but this is the first time they’ve been formally tied to Super Game. It’s strange that the business is hailing non-fungibles as the future of gaming, especially given that Ubisoft just discontinued support for Ghost Recon Breakpoint, which was supposed to be the showcase title for its Quartz NFT platform. There was also the closure of the NFT game F1 Delta Time, the $615 million Axie Infinity robbery, and yet another major NFT swindle.