Parasite Eve isn’t returning as a game, it’s returning as an NFT

Parasite Eve isn’t making a triumphant return as a game, instead, Square Enix is bringing it back as an NFT. Yes, really!

Back in October 2022, Parasite Eve fans felt a wave of excitement across social media thanks to a sign that the beloved horror JRPG could be making an epic return. Furthermore, as reported by Gematsu, on October 13th Square Enix filed a trademark for the term “Symbiogenesis”.

Fans were excited at the prospect of a Parasite Eve return

This tongue-twisting word got fans excited because according to a Wiki entry the definition of Symbiogenesis is: “the merging of two separate organisms to form a single new organism.

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Moreover, this definition also just so happens to be the foundation of the Parasite Eve novel that was released in 1995 before being adapted to a video game by Square Enix in 1998. So, it’s very understandable as to why fans of the series got their hopes up.

However, Square Enix announced this wonderful news in a blog post courtesy of A joyous NFT collection worthy of Parasite Eve hype is launching in Spring 2023 alongside a free web browser service.

“Parasite” is a fitting term for an NFT

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Symbiogenesis is brand-new entertainment content set in a self-contained world where a wide cast of characters symbiosis, all of which can be collected as digital art; an interactive story and a dedicated community,” Square Enix said in a statement.

The art can be used for social media profile pictures (PFP) and as a character in a story that takes place in an alternate world where the player can ’untangle’ a mystery by completing missions that revolve around questions of the monopolisation and distribution of resources. With each strategic move players make, more of the story unfolds.

So basically, the universe of Parasite Eve is going to be told as a story via a series of NFTs, instead of a video game that fans have been longing for. Nice on Square Enix, nice one.

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When will the wait be over?

Unfortunately, at the time of writing, fans have been waiting over a decade for the Parasite Eve series to return in video game form.

The last entry in the series was the PSP title, The 3rd Birthday in 2011. The first game in the series launched for the PS1 in 1998 for Japan and the US only. Its sequel arrived in 2000 in Japan, the US as well as Europe.

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There were other rumblings in 2021 that Parasite Eve might return. Let’s just hope that those rumours were related to a video game and not more NFTs.

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