In early 2022, Yosuke Matsuda envisioned the emergence of metaverses, blockchain games, and NFTs. A year later, at the beginning of 2023, the Square Enix boss remains convinced of his strategy despite the “turbulence” in the sector.
Just a year ago as part of his greeting letter addressed to footballers for the year 2022the head of Square Enix Yosuke Matsuda saw 2022 as “year 1” of the metaverse and decentralized gaming based on blockchain and mobile technologies. your letter of wishes for 2023Yosuke Matsuda he insists that the future of his group will pass through Web3 in particular (retitled “Web 3.0” in his mail).
Yosuke Matsuda certainly acknowledges the “turbulence” of the last few months in the sector, but clearly sees in it the opportunity to implement a “regulation” that could “lead to the creation of rules and the emergence of ‘a more transparent business environment ‘ and then to ‘ growth of blockchain entertainment “. Yosuke Matsuda then reiterates Square Enix’s investment in Web3, recalls that his group has ” several blockchain games based on original licenses in development” and that Square Enix is currently “making preparations to unveil even more titles this year”. Of which act.
We will be curious to discover these games and especially how they will be learned by the players. No doubt we will be just as curious to find out Square Enix’s long-term strategyto establish whether the studio is still truly convinced by the playful potential of Web3 or whether Yosuke Matsuda’s statements are somewhat constrained by the heavy investments already committed by Square Enix, to the point that the Japanese group today can hardly go back (we remember that the divestment of Crystal Dynamics, Eidos-Montreal and Square Enix Montreal aimed in particular at financing the group’s investments in Web3).
Beyond Web3, we also remember that 2023 must be a pivotal year for Square Enix. Not only because it is the 20th anniversary of the merger ofEnix and Square, but also because the group is restructuring, in particular to recentralize its development and publishing capabilities.