Zynga, Creator of FarmVille, plans to release the first NFT game in 2022
Bengaluru, February 11, 2022: Zynga, widely known for the FarmVille as well as CSR Racing series, has revealed intentions to launch first ever blockchain as well as NFT-based games in this year only.
The year before, the billion-dollar game studio made headlines when it named 30-year gaming industry veteran Matt Wolf as Vice President of Blockchain Gaming to manage the company’s foray into the nascent industry.
Zynga has indeed announced plans to build its blockchain gaming team from 15 to up to 100 personnel by the finish of the year. The company might possibly be acquired by Take-Two Interactive, the publisher of Grand Theft Auto, who recently announced a $12.7 billion acquisition deal that is expected to close during the first quarter of 2023.
FarmVille is a social network game developed as well as launched by Zynga in 2009 that simulates agriculture. It’s a cross between Happy Farm as well as Farm Town. Its gameplay includes ploughing land, planting, growing, as well as harvesting crops, harvesting trees, as well as raising livestock, among other parts of farmland management. In September 2012 & November 2021, the sequels FarmVille 2 as well as FarmVille 3 were launched.
The game was offered as an Adobe Flash application on Facebook as well as MSN Games, both of which are owned by Microsoft.
For a limited moment in 2010, it was accessible as a smartphone application for the iPhone, iPod Touch, as well as iPad.
Wolf told Axios that now the company’s NFT-based gaming plans would be entirely new titles, as it “doesn’t make sense” to add additional NFTs to current games like FarmVille right now.
Players should expect new games to resemble Mafia Wars, a now-defunct social media game in which players took on the role of gangsters as well as worked to expand their criminal empire.
Zynga has become more aggressive than other traditional gaming businesses in entering the sometimes contentious blockchain-based games industry. The common factor among gaming studios has been apprehension, as cryptocurrency-related aspects have frequently elicited a response from enraged gamers.
Some gamers who have had NFTs added into their gameplay experience believe that businesses are simply constantly looking for new ways to extract money from their customers.
Wolf had made it plain that the company’s game developers will still have the option of opting in or out of any NFT plans, a point he appears to have learnt from EA and Ubisoft’s internal objections against the technology.
Despite the complaints, Wolf considers NFTs as well as blockchain tech as the logical next phase in his progression, with tokenized systems allowing gamers to create new and much more genuine forms of value, ownership, as well as wealth.
Wolf told the New York Times that he understands the challenges that NFT-based games face, saying, “It really is all about community… we think people deserve the option to Play-to-Earn.”