Naoki Yoshida said he doesn’t believe the metaverse is “entertainment”, adding how he doesn’t see the concept as being similar to MMOs like his own Final Fantasy 14.
Comparisons have been made between the two since the entire shit metaverse craze exploded last year. our own nat featured virtual worlds like Second Life and Habbo Hotel as superior versions of the idea, while Gabe Newell said he doesn’t understand the noise when MMOs have served a similar purpose for decades. But for Yoshida, it looks like he’s trying to put some distance between his MMO and the metaverse.
in an interview with weekly bunshuntranslated by SiliconErathe director and producer said, “For me, I see the metaverse as ‘a system that replaces reality with a virtual world.’ So I don’t think the metaverse has anything in common with entertainment.”
“In the metaverse I’m thinking of, people will be able to wear an avatar in virtual reality and walk around Shinjuku or shop, just like in real life. While it might be fun, there’s no entertainment there.’ What is so interesting about the systems of our real world?’ It’s how I feel.”
When asked if he would consider working on something related to the metaverse, he said he would rather “do something fun within virtual reality rather than a metaverse itself”, but has no plans to do so right now.
The comments are a far cry from Square Enix’s sad stance on the entire cryptocurrency and blockchain situation. Recently sold a lot of his western studios for a paltry sum to finance a desperate attempt to enter the market, with the company’s president admitting that know that many players are against NFTs. Despite this, he wants to play with them anyway.