On May 25, 2022, Level-5 and Netmarble released Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds for iOS, Android, and PC (Beta). The game was released in Japan and East Asia last year.
As idyllic as the mobile offshoot looks in the trailer, shortly after the western release, displeasure with Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds was great: Because like Kotaku and some others report that blockchain and pay-to-win elements make the game almost unplayable.
First of all, the mobile offshoot, like Genshin Impact, relies on a gacha system. Thus, luck determines which new items you get. With the in-house cryptocurrency wallet, items from the game can also be exchanged for so-called “Asterite” or “Territe” tokens. These can then be exchanged for other cryptocurrencies. NFTs are also planned to be introduced later this year.
As reported by Kotaku, the pay-to-win system is very much in focus and many players report that buyers of the currency have great advantages as they can purchase animals and sets without using the random gacha system. This imbalance should show up especially in PvP battles.
In the meantime the developers also commented Netmarble on the subject of those who don’t want to let go of the token economic system:
“Our goal is to create an environment for players to fully explore the amazing world of Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds, and we believe the token economy is a way to achieve that. If you If you don’t want to get involved in that part of the game, that’s perfectly fine.”