Square Enix, the Japanese gaming giant, has selected Polygon to build its first NFT title, Symbiogenesis. According to reports, the blockchain gaming franchise is expected to launch in Q1 2023.
The game's in-game mechanism will be hosted on Polygon, while its NFT collectibles will be hosted on Ethereum. Polygon Labs and Square Enix are collaborating on Symbiogenesis, a unique Web3 experience, which was first unveiled in November 2022. It's a dynamic Web3 experience centered on digital collectible art and a storyline that players progress through in a virtual, turn-based adventure.
The project takes place on a floating continent, with unique storylines unfolding based on digital collectibles representing different characters. Players can unlock tons of engaging stories about this secretive world by holding or trading digital collectibles and earning them through various missions.
The game has several different endings, and only three players who meet certain criteria will be chosen to participate in the final "World Mission." These chosen players will decide the story's ending, as well as the fate of the world and everyone in it.
"Symbiogenesis was designed from the ground up on the blockchain and is designed to provide an exceptional experience for both community building and trading," said Naoyuki Tamate, Symbiogenesis producer at Square Enix. "Square Enix opted to tap into Polygon's high transaction speeds, low gas fees, and overall user-friendliness to deliver this unique experience to Web3 fans."
Initially, the game will release a number of off-chain utility items that can be traded on-chain via Polygon. A series of campaigns leading up to Symbiogenesis' launch will also be carried out to help prospective players become acquainted with the game's blockchain integration.
"We are extremely proud to collaborate with Square Enix, a highly respected gaming company with a proven track record spanning over several decades," said Urvit Goel, vice president of global games and platform business development at Polygon Labs. "Our latest collaboration just goes to show that Web3 is decisively getting more and more traction among the world's largest developers, proving yet again that this innovative stack of technologies and the benefits they bestow have massive potential when it comes to gaming."