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After months of hints and talking about NFTs, Square Enix has finally become part of a blockchain. reports that the Japanese developer and publisher has partnered with Oasys, which claims to be "an eco-friendly blockchain built for the gaming community, offering the best user experience with fast transactions and zero gas fees.

The Final Fantasy developer will become a 'validating node' on Oasys' upcoming blockchain. What this means is that Square will be responsible for maintaining records of blocks on the platform — it stores a copy of the blockchain and keeps the system secure. Square Enix is just one of 21 other companies joining Oasys, with both Sega and Ubisoft validating the service.

The company's president, Yosuke Matsuda, has previously voiced his opinions on NFTs and blockchains, believing that they will become a big part of the future of the games industry. And, earlier this year, Square Enix started making Final Fantasy NFTs, in the form of an exclusive Cloud Strife figurine (which you can buy without the NFT, too).

Earlier this year, Square Enix also sold off a large number of its Western studios to Embracer Group. At the time, the company stated that "the Transaction enables the launch of new businesses by moving forward with investments in fields including blockchain, AI, and the cloud." So it looks like it's beginning to make further strides toward this promise. And back in April, it established a Blockchain division.

The company is looking to use this to explore just how user contributions can be used in developing and creating new games on the blockchain.