Last year, Tomonobu Itagaki, the Japanese game designer who is best known for creating Tecmo’s Dead or Alive series (as well as reviving its Ninja Gaiden franchise), teased that he will be returning to game development through the launch of a new studio. Over halfway through 2022 and we now know that such studio is a Web3-centric institution called ‘Apex Game Studios’.
As per Itagaki’s Twitter announcement on Tuesday, the studio, which already has a Japanese and Singaporean employee base of over 100, will focus on creating high-quality and immersive 3A Web3.0 games. Here, Itagaki will seek to leverage not only NFTs within the games, but also the metaverse and its coinciding developments (such as Smart Terminal technologies like AR and VR devices).
The inaugural project from the studio is titled ‘Warrior,’ an NFT game built with Unreal Engine for mobile and PC usage. Set for a beta launch in the first quarter of 2023, the game is said to be ‘fun and attracts attention,’ two qualities in which Itagaki sees as paramount to the success of blockchain games becoming real games. It is also said to be making its first IDO soon, as well as host an array of different giveaway events to its early-adopting community.