The tech giant Microsoft has announced it will collaborate with Eidos, a major game developer, and Fabled Lands, a gamebook company, to turn a best-selling series of gamebooks from the 1980s into a blockchain powered card game, Cointelegraph reports on December 1st.
The card game will be based on the gamebook "The Way of the Tiger" by Jamie Thomson and Mark Smith and will be entitled “Arena of Death”. Thomson, the CEO of Fabled Lands, has explained his choice of blockchain technology: “We were going to relaunch the series into a computer game format but this new technology (blockchain), just made more sense. Imagine playing Magic the Gathering but knowing if you owned a card, it really does belong to you. Or if we say there are only 100 editions of an item or skill, you know there really are only 100 editions.”
In order to achieve their goal, the company will create non-fungible tokens on the Vechain blockchain.
Blockchain powered games aren't anything new since several projects have been using the concept of non-fungible tokens as unique items or cards for years. On the other hand, this could be one of the first such undertakings that has managed to attract the attention of two major players in the gaming industry - Microsoft and Eidos, which both have a long list of successful titles to boast. The blockchain idea obviously came from the author and this could become the introduction to blockchain gaming both big names needed.