Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds charges you extra money just to log in

Level-5 and Netmarble’s Ni No Kuni online multiplayer game was already controversial at launch and its reputation has only got worse since.

Chances are if you’ve heard of the Ni No Kuni online multiplayer role-playing game, Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds, it’s only because of the controversy surrounding it.

Even before it launched, its decision to implement blockchain technology and cryptocurrency (with NFTs to follow later this year) was met with disdain and disappointment.

Actual players, meanwhile, are struggling to even log in and play because of crypto bots flooding the servers, resulting in lengthy log-in queues. What’s worse is that the only solution developer Netmarble seems to offer is to pay real money to bypass the queues.

While other free-to-play online multiplayer games often offer a paid subscription or battle pass, they’re usually designed merely to provide players extra content, like additional items and in-game currency.

However, with how dire the log-in issues are, Ni No Kuni: Cross World’s subscription is almost needed just to play it, effectively not making it free-to-play anymore.

Word of this spread across social media when Josh Torres, senior staff writer at RPGSite, mentioned it on Twitter, adding that the Daily Adventurer’s Pass, as it’s called, costs $7.99 (£6.50).

Does this mean Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds is doomed to fail sooner rather than later? Not necessarily since the game was a huge success at launch, making well over $100 million (roughly £81.4 million) in its first two weeks, according to Kotaku Australia, and it wasn’t even available worldwide at that point.

It’s also unlikely to abandon its NFT plans considering the game appears to have been designed with them in mind. Other publishers like Konami and Ubisoft remain committed to the idea as well, while the likes of Team17 soon reneged on them when plans were met with backlash.

Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds is available for PC, iOS, and Android.

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