Square Enix, the Japanese game publisher and developer, has announced a new collaboration with The Sandbox that will see one of its intellectual properties displayed on the metaverse-based platform. The business will include aspects from Dungeon Siege — one of its earliest intellectual assets — into The Sandbox, allowing users to create their own personalised experiences.
Square Enix and The Sandbox Collaborate
Square Enix, a traditional video game publisher, announced a partnership with the metaverse-based platform The Sandbox to bring one of its intellectual properties to the virtual world. The company’s first IP will be Dungeon Siege, a role-playing game that has sold over 1.7 million copies and inspired a series of sequels.
The partnership will involve two distinct methods of integrating Dungeon Siege into the metaverse. Square Enix will construct an interactive area within the platform to allow players to explore experiences that incorporate Dungeon Siege components while also recognising the ways in which they can incorporate these elements into their own stories.
The second integration will include voxel features inspired by the Dungeon Siege environment, allowing users to construct their own experiences utilising the native Voxedit and Game Maker utilities. Users will thereafter be able to design their own micro-worlds without having to write any programming.
Hideaki Uehara, Square Enix’s director of business development, stated:
Dungeon Siege has always been about encouraging players to create their own personal experiences, and entering The Sandbox metaverse to enable players to create their own personal adventures ushers in an exciting new chapter for the franchise.
Additionally, Uehara noted that the firm was delighted to see the property come to life in The Sandbox, fueled by the fan imagination.
Getting Your Toes Wet in the Metaverse
This is Square Enix’s first effort into a metaverse-based platform. However, the corporation had previously stated that it was considering a strong entry into blockchain and play-to-earn (P2E) experiences incorporating NFT features.
Indeed, the business’s president, Yosuke Matsuda, stated in a new year’s letter that the company will actively invest in areas such as blockchain gaming and that self-sustaining token economies might help drive game growth.
Additional gaming firms have already joined with The Sandbox to bring their intellectual property to the platform. This is also true for Ubisoft, which added its Rabbids IP on the platform in February.
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