Netmarble’s Territe Cryptocurrency is Killing Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds

Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds is drowning in a sea of unnecessary cryptocurrency nonsense.

Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds‘ abysmal launch month has seen a systematic disregard for free-to-play players, swarms of crypto bots spiking log-in queues up to the thousands, and a massive amount of unsatisfied players. It’s all due to developer Netmarble forcibly shackling “Territe, “its blockchain/NFT cryptocurrency, into every facet of the Studio Ghibli-inspired mobile game.

We originally reported on Netmarble’s subtle and shady blockchain implementation when Cross Worlds was released globally in late May. Since then, it has doubled down on NFT grifting for its global audience, plummeting Cross Worlds even further down the crypto hill.

Shortly after its release, Netmarble added Cross Worlds to its MARBLEX cryptocurrency (MBX) blockchain system and introduced two cryptocurrencies: Territe (NKT) for PVE and Asterite (NKA) for PVP. On global servers, Territe and Asterite have rapidly replaced Diamonds, the free-to-play non-crypto currency. They are currently necessary to craft and upgrade equipment, evolve familiars, and acquire the highest tier equipment (which also forces you to create and collect a crypto wallet to access).

The merger of Cross Worlds into the MBX blockchain has proven just how little care there is for the free-to-play audience by tossing them to the side in favor of a quick buck. These crypto elements do not offer anything to the player except for roadblocks: Territe and Asterite stunt player progress, require you to pay to be extracted, and encourage crypto grinding over any other kind of gameplay.

Territe’s addition to Cross Worlds also attracted thousands of crypto bots in Mid-June, which overwhelmed servers and caused frustration as human players waited hours in a log-in queue. The only way to bypass the lengthy queue times was to purchase a “Daily Adventurer’s Pass” for $7.99 USD a month, which serves as another barrier for players who don’t want to constantly throw money at the screen. After over a week of this issue, Netmarble cracked down, and the bots have subsided for the most part. But the whole experience left a sour taste in the mouths of players; many even contacted Apple to get full refunds for all of their purchases.

To put it bluntly, Cross Worlds is a blockchain mess of a mobile game, and the root of the issue lies with the unnecessary pushing of Netmarble’s own Territe and Asterite cryptocurrency. At the time of reporting, Territe and Asterite don’t even exist on Japan or Korea servers, meaning that these tokens aren’t necessary for Cross Worlds and these issues only reside in the global servers. Ultimately, Cross Worlds seems to increasingly serve as proof that blockchain and “play-to-earn” integration in games is an insidious swindle that does not prioritize the best interests of actual players, and will always cast aside good gameplay for the prospect of money.