The creator of Deus Ex and of SystemShock recently opined that the NFT were the least of his worries. Regarding the subject of the metaverse, Warren Spector appeared less closed even if considering that it will no longer be in this world the day this concept takes on an attractive form.
Shortly before the war in Ukraine ignited all spaces of expression, the main point of contention among gamers was NFT. These digital and limited goods that a number of publishers thought would take advantage of without delay. It was without counting a massive “no thank you” which will have forced several players, and in particular Ubisoft, to backtrack. At least the time to find a more convincing way to sell this new type of product.
The message seems to have passed, but pending a second attempt to impose this model, the question of its relevance continues to be posed to creators. Like Warren Spector, creator of Deus Ex, SystemShock and Epic Mickey and now Chief Creative Director at OtherSide Entertainment.
Warren Spector closed to the idea of the metaverse under his current proposal
As part of an interview about his new game, Warren Spector was asked to speak to VentureBeat about his feelings about NFTs. And if he had the same opinion as Gabe Newell of Valve, for whom NFTs are, for the time being, the work of “bad actors”.
“That’s where I’m going to have problems. I’m literally going to get burned by people for what I’m going to say, but I don’t think I care. NFTs are ridiculous. I don’t understand why anyone would want to jump on this bandwagon. Ownership of virtual goods that can be instantly reproduced in unlimited quantities. Who thinks that’s a good idea? So NFTs don’t interest me. »
What about the metaverse, or “open world”? Warren Spector thinks that it is possible that this concept of mixing virtual reality and Internet could appear attractive. But that he may not be able to see that day dawn.
“The metaverse, of course, maybe one day, but honestly, it will be good once I’m gone. I am happy. I like living in the real world. I don’t find it particularly interesting to put on a helmet and virtually interact with other people, not knowing if my wife comes up behind me with a baseball bat – I just don’t like it. »
Warren Spector is currently working on an immersive simulation based on a brand new license. Few details, but know that he is passionate about being involved in an independent project.