Everywhere: New game shown at Gamescom Opening Night Live could secretly include NFTs

Everywhere was shown during Gamescom Opening Night Live earlier today, where it was presented as “a combination of gameplay, adventure, creativity, and discovery in a multi-world experience.” It was not said that it appears to use blockchain or “Web 3.0” technology, which has drawn criticism from various quarters of the gaming industry.

Shortly after Opening Night Live ended, several users took to Twitter to point out that developer Build a Rocket Boy has multiple open positions for a blockchain team. This lends credence to speculation that Everywhere, which promises to “redefine how gamers connect with each other and the digital world around them,” may include non-fungible tokens. [NFTs] somehow.

NFTs have been a hot topic as proponents have worked to gain more general acceptance of the technology. It is touted as a way to create truly unique items that can then be bought and sold within games, potentially creating a new “play to win” model. Critics have noted the huge environmental impact of blockchain technology, as well as its focus on monetization over actual gaming.

Despite the pushback, money has been poured into blockchain efforts, with former Days Gone producer John Garvin among those creating new studios based on the technology. Meanwhile, Team 17 and GSC Game World have quickly backed off on their NFT ideas.

Everywhere is being developed by Edinburgh-based Build A Rocket Boy, which was co-founded by Rockstar and Grand Theft Auto developer Leslie Benzies. Benzies hasn’t said one way or another if Everywhere is an NFT game, though they do say that Everywhere’s goal is to “push the boundaries of what a video game can be.” Fans have been speculating on what Everywhere could be for some time now, with the trailer providing the first glimpse of Benzies’ mysterious new game.

IGN has reached out to representatives for Everywhere and will update this article if they respond.

Everywhere wasn’t the only game revealed during Gamescom Opening Night Live. Other games shown during the events included Dead Island 2 and Hogwarts Legacy, with Sony also revealing a new DualSense controller. You can read our full recap of Opening Night Live here.

Everywhere – Gamescom 2022

Kat Bailey is a Senior News Editor at IGN and a co-host of Nintendo Voice Chat. Do you have a tip? Send a DM to @the_katbot.

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