PUBG creator Brendan Greene has unveiled his next game – a blockchain-based metaverse title.
During an interview with Damage Pointsthe 45-year-old game developer has revealed that Artemis, his next game, will feature NFTs, the metaverse and blockchain.
“[Artemis] will be a platform that we help maintain, perhaps,” he explained. “But it’s something that everyone can plug into, and everyone can host a bit of themselves.”
Artemis would let players do whatever they want within the framework of a vast open world. But now it looks like the project will integrate blockchain.
“I was fascinated by this idea of digital spaces, places where there are no real rules but a set of systems that you can use,” Greene explained. “It fascinated me, and continues to do so. I never considered leaving.”
Blockchain is often touted as a way for gamers to help develop a game, but many developers have spoken out against the technology, like Minecraft, outright banning the use of NFTs or blockchain.
Greene insists that Artemis is not about making money. “The only way it exists is if it’s for everyone, and it’s not for the money,” he said. However, he also confirmed that players will be able to “extract value” from their creations by selling in-game items to other players.
Despite the skepticism, Greene says he will continue regardless.
“I’m just going to do what I’m going to do,” he said. “But it doesn’t matter if it’s called the Metaverse. I don’t care what people want to call it.
Of course, Greene won’t be the first developer to jump into the metaverse. Bandai Namco recently revealed that it spent $130 million on an upcoming Metaverse project. Not to mention that Epic Games and LEGO are working together on a kid-safe metaverse project.
It remains to be seen how the Artemis metaverse will take shape. But the addition of NFTs and blockchain is certainly not going to win the critics.
Want to learn more about the Metaverse? Find out what the Metaverse means to gamers as well as what the Epic Games Metaverse is.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment reporter and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.