Who better to come out of the woodwork to present a misleading idea than Peter Molyneux? The infamous game designer has announced Legacy, a blockchain business simulator game.
Developed under 22cans, Legacy promotes itself to the entrepreneurial sort. Its described as a business management game where players can combine various components via a factory floor to produce products for a profit. All in all, it sounds like your standard factory game.
But unlike factory games, Legacy deeply integrates crypto coins and NFTs into the main functionality. Each building in the game is a Land NFT, giving the implication that players could sell their business buildings to others. There will also be a new crypto called Legacy coin, that operates on the Etherium blockchain. Players can earn Legacy Coins from playing in competitive events.
In a sense, Molyneux and blockchains pair perfectly. Both of them have a history of promising great things, only for the resulting products to fall short (looking at you, Godus). He also has a history of implementing controversial concepts to increase profits (like Godus Wars microtransactions). While he makes some dramatic claims for Legacy, such as [pushing] the boundaries of blockchain gaming beyond your wildest dreams, we have little faith that blockchain gaming is good for anyone, and isnt simply here as an attempt to capitalize on a controversial trend.
We wish he was an outlier, but Molyneuxs new game is only the latest in a wave of gaming-centric crypto decision. Ubisoft announced their own NFT line for Ghost Recon just last week.
Not to sound like an old man, but I miss the days when games were made to be works of quality, and not just made to be as profitable as possible.