Team17 cancels plans for MetaWorms NFTs after everyone hated it

Team17 cancels MetaWorms NFTs worms art collection plans

Yesterday, game publisher and developer Team17 announced plans for a limited “MetaWorms” collection of NFTs, computer-generated artwork of worms from the Worms franchise sold on the blockchain. Predictably, fans of Team17 lost their minds, even including other game developers that work with the company, like Aggro Crab and (more politely) Playtonic Games. In response, Team17 has chosen to cancel plans for the MetaWorms NFTs, because the alternative would be PR suicide:

Team17 is today announcing an end to the MetaWorms NFT project. We have listened to our teamsters, development partners, and our games’ communities, and the concerns they’ve expressed, and have therefore taken the decision to step back from the NFT space.

That’s the entirety of the PR statement provided, and a tweet provides the same statement. It’s possibly the meekest case of “okay never mind” from a game developer we have seen yet.

But foaming rage from fans hasn’t been enough to stop all video game publishers from pursuing plans for NFTs. For instance, Square Enix wants to persuade you to start playing games “to contribute” as opposed to merely for the sake of having fun. Meanwhile, Ubisoft thinks players just “don’t get” NFTs yet and that they’ll warm up to them eventually. (They won’t.) And Konami has already raked in six digits from selling just a few Castlevania NFTs, much to our horror. So, that’s the state of the video game world.

Let us know what you think of the decision to cancel MetaWorms NFTs at Team17.

[Source: PR]

John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!