Sega Announces Its First Blockchain Game

Sega Announces Its First Blockchain Game

Japanese gaming giant SEGA is expanding into blockchain gaming with a new offering on the Oasys Layer-2 blockchain network

Double jump.tokyo announced that it is working on the newest installment in the Sangokushi Taisen series—this time in the form of a blockchain game. Sangokushi Taisen is a real-time strategy, digital card collection game set in the Three Kingdoms era of China, and based on the ‘Romance of the Three Kingdoms‘ novel by Luo Guanzhong.

Big Gaming Devs Bet on Blockchain

Large western gaming companies, such as Epic Games, have become increasingly interested in blockchain gaming. The Epic Games store recently listed Blankos Block Party as a free-to-play NFT game.

In the meanwhile, gaming devs like Ubisoft, Square Enix, Bandai Namco, and now Sega are leveraging the potential of blockchain. As its initial validators, Oasys supports all of these major game developers and publishers.

Oasys is revolutionizing the gaming industry with its environmentally friendly Proof of Stake (PoS) system and EVM compatibility.

Oasys is a blockchain project formed in Japan, and was launched in February 2022. With a unique chain structure optimized for games, it aims to solve the problems faced by current blockchain games, such as transaction speed and the heavy fees borne by users, while also providing users with a more comfortable gameplay experience. 

By combining public Layer-1 blockchain technology with private Layer-2 blockchain technology, Oasys offers gamers high-speed, zero gas fee gaming.

Oasys Director Daiki Moriyama enthused that the company wants to lead the charge for mass adoption of blockchain games. Hironobu Ueno, CEO of double jump.tokyo, said: we are honored to be a pioneering partner in building a new generation of games with SEGA on the blockchain.”

What Is Sangokushi Taisen?

As briefly mentioned above, the Sangokushi Taisen series is based on the classic 14th-century Chinese novel ‘Romance of the Three Kingdoms’ by Luo Guanzhong, in which players face off against each other, attempting to take over the enemy’s castle, with the player who has the most health at the end winning the battle.

Sangokushi Taisen started as a competitive card action game for arcades operated by Sega. It went into circulation in March 2005, sparking a boom in trading card games and online competitive games, and having a major impact on the subsequent game market.

With the support of its many fans, the game has made history, winning accolades such as the Excellence Award, and game design decorations from the CEDEC Awards for the formation of its domestic fighting game community.

On the Flipside

  • Sega claimed earlier this year that it is simply experimenting in the NFT and blockchain space, and will consider abandoning the pusuit if it is perceived as a “money-making” scheme.
  • It’s unclear how double jump.tokyo will leverage the blockchain for its Sangokushi Taisen project, or indeed which platforms the game will support when it eventually launches.

Why You Should Care

  • Gaming giants Bandai Namco, Sega, and Square Enix have been taking a deeper look into blockchain gaming, with many making promises and committing to long-term visions for blockchain gaming.
  • The partnership between Sega and Tokyo-based blockchain game maker double jump.tokyo marks Sega’s first foray into the field. It will be exciting to see to what extent the scalable network powered by AAA game developers, along with the blockchain offering fast transactions and free gas fees for users, will attract new players into the blockchain realm.

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Nikita Verma

Nikita is a freelance Web3 Copywriter and a gaming enthusiast. Being born a non-conformist, she's intrigued by the idea of learning about virtual currencies and Blockchain gaming worlds that do not conform to traditional standards of Web 2.0. She is bullish about the impact blockchain technology will have on the gaming world.