Despite attempting to defend its use of NFTs, Stalker 2 developer GSC Game World has chosen to scrap its plans entirely.
Only yesterday, GSC Game World announced that it would be implementing NFTs into the upcoming Stalker 2. Unsurprisingly, especially after the reaction to Ubisoft’s NFT plans, this did not sit well with fans and there was an immediate backlash.
The complaints were so loud and vociferous that GSC Game World has already abandoned its plans entirely. In a short and simple Twitter message, GSC writes, ‘Based on the feedback we received, we’ve made a decision to cancel anything NFT related in Stalker 2.
‘The interests of our fans and players are the top priority for the team. We’re making this game for you to enjoy – whatever the cost is. If you care, we care too.’
Stalker 2 does currently lack microtransactions or any other means of making extra money outside of game sales but there are two rather expensive special editions available for pre-order, which cost £64.99 and £94.99 respectively.
While NFTs have quickly become PR poison, there is unfortunately still an audience for them. It’s why game companies like Ubisoft are starting to take a serious interest, even when audiences and market forces come in to correct them and dismantle their arguments in favour of NFTs.
It’s all very reminiscent of previous video game fads such as loot boxes, which publishers tried to exploit as much as possible until the push back from ordinary customers – as exemplified by the debacle surrounding Star Wars: Battlefront 2 – made the whole concept untenable and most games ended up removing them.
We can only hope the same will happen with NFTs…
Stalker 2: Heart Of Chernobyl releases for Xbox Series X/S and PC in April 2022.
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