Square Enix, a popular Japanese video game publisher, has joined hands with The Sandbox to bring its Dungeon Siege series to the metaverse. This makes Square Enix the latest traditional gaming giant to solidify its entry into the cryptocurrency sector.
The company has purchased a LAND in the metaverse game’s real estate to rebuild an interactive experience that players can enjoy “while learning best practices for constructing Dungeon Siege adventures.” In addition, Square Enix will enable players to incorporate Dungeon Siege voxel characters and assets into their experiences using VoxEdit and Game Maker creation tools.
Sebastien Borget, COO and Co-Founder of The Sandbox, said in the press release:
“Through the Dungeon Siege experience on Square Enix’s estate, players will be able to undertake a curated adventure that will help prepare them to create their own original quests inspired by the classic games, carrying forward the franchise’s legacy.”
While this is Square Enix’s first foray into the metaverse, it has previously led a $2 million investment round for The Sandbox in March 2020. Its president Yosuke Matsuda has also shown interest in blockchain and Play-to-Earn games, identifying them as one of the domains the plans to focus on for its medium-term strategy.
Square Enix first launched the Dungeon Siege game in 2002 and continued developing the game till 2011. At the time, the company had sold more than 1.7 million copies of the gaming series to date. While the game was not as popular as the publisher’s Final Fantasy and Tomb Raider franchises, Square Enix now seemingly has plans to resurrect the game through metaverse.