Netmarble’s Plan Roll Out NFTs and Blockchain Integration on Ni no Kuni Game Faces Community Backlash

Leading MMO free-to-play game Ni no Kuni will have blockchain integration and NFTs by the end of the year according to the developers of the anime game, Netmarble.
Image source: Ni no Kuni/YouTube

Quick take:

  • Popular free-to-play game Ni no Kuni will have blockchain and NFT integration.
  • Netmarble developers said they are looking to bring non-fungible tokens to the game by the end of the year.
  • Ni no Kuni is one of the most popular Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) games in Asia.

Leading Korean gaming and entertainment company Netmarble has said it will deliver non-fungible tokens (NFTs) to its popular massively multiplayer online (MMO) game Ni no Kuni by the end of the year. The company has recently pivoted to blockchain gaming amid the explosive growth of NFT-based games.

Ni no Kuni is a free-to-play game based on popular Japanese anime characters. The role-playing video game series is published by the Japanese entertainment and gaming giant Bandai Namco globally and Level-5 in Japan.

Netmarble made the announcement on the game’s website writing: “Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds employs a gameplay-based blockchain system, giving players who enjoy Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds the opportunity to play to earn tokens through gameplay.”

According to the statement, Ni no Kuni players can acquire two types of tokens Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds blockchain system, with the team promising to do its best to preserve the token value.

However, not everyone was quick to buy into the promise of preserving the token value with the game’s discord members expressing their angst and calling for the blockchain features to be removed. 


One user complained that in the current format, the blockchain features were ruining the game and fun. Netmarble is encouraging users to use its currency by enabling owners of the tokens to automatically purchase the best gear in the game.

Initially, the items could be acquired randomly, but Netmarble now has them tied to its ecosystem tokens, a move the users think the game developer is using to promote its cryptocurrencies.

Although Netmarble has announced NFTs will be rolled out in the game by the fourth quarter of 2022, it has not clarified their format or the manner in which they will be offered to the community.

Netmarble, which partnered with Binance in its foray into blockchain gaming earlier this year recently announced in a blog that it is “strategically on track toward establishing a sustainable, multilateral, and reliable blockchain game ecosystem.”

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