Non-fungible tokens are one of the largest tech developments of 2022, and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl is one of the biggest 2022 releases (or NFTs).
Developer GSC Game World has launched a “S.T.A.L.K.” Metaverse, which would “enable the community own a piece of S.T.A.L.K.” 2 through the use of blockchain technology.” A non-player figure that GSC Game World appears to characterise as “the first-ever metahuman” is included in this offer. (Although an Epic Games spokesman verified that the MetaHuman Creator tool will not be able to create a metahuman.) GSC Game World and NFT platform DMarket are working together on the new merchandise.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 NFTs
In January 2022, players can bid on an NFT giving the chance to become a “metahuman” as part of an auction. After the auction, whoever “owns” the NFT will be allowed to buy and sell it up to a certain claim date.
GSC Game World CEO Evgeniy Grygorovych tells me in an email that the process of becoming an NPC in the game would go like this:
The purpose of the linked NFT is to grant the player the ability to have one of the game’s NPCs assume the identity of the NFT’s owner. We’ll need the person to come to our studio for a thorough scanning operation before we can use their likeness as a character in the game.
Other NFTs, including the metahuman one, are planned by GSC Game World, but the business declined to say what they are when we asked. According to a press release, the company’s NFT drops “won’t alter gaming itself or grant in-game benefits over other players.
NFTs have been met with scepticism by many, including Keanu Reeves, but game developers are now taking the notion seriously. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 NFTs were announced barely over a week after Ubisoft’s statement that Ghost Recon: Breakpoint would have NFT gear was widely derided. According to allegations from Kotaku, several Ubisoft developers have raised concerns internally about the company’s NFT effort. There’s also a new business simulation being developed by Populous creator Peter Molyneux using NFT tokens to attempt to acquire the new digital money known as LegacyCoin. Molyneux is also the brains behind Populous, Black & White, and Fable.