Square Enix, the storied video game publisher behind the Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts franchises, is gearing up to launch its first original Ethereum NFT game, Symbiogenesis. And now we know when the first NFT mint will take place.

The Symbiogenesis auction process will begin on Monday, November 27 and span three waves for the first batch of NFT-based characters for the game. The first wave will take place on November 27-28, the second wave will follow from November 30 to December 1, and the final batch will be auctioned from December 2-3.

Earlier this month, Square Enix revealed a unique approach to the mint, which can potentially net early users free NFTs—but it depends on the level of demand seen for the assets.

In total, Square Enix will launch 500 character NFTs for Chapter 1 of Symbiogenesis, with just 10 characters in the first wave, 90 in the second wave, and 400 in the third and final wave. The publisher opened up allowlist access earlier this month, letting users complete various quests and challenges within the game’s Discord chat server to gain access to the auction.


The Symbiogenesis NFTs will be offered up free to allowlist members in each wave—but if multiple people attempt to claim a certain NFT, then it will go up for auction and prospective buyers can attempt to bid to own the assets in question. Given that approach, it’s currently unclear how likely it’ll be that any of the NFTs will actually be claimed without an auction.

Billed as a “digital collectible art project,” Symbiogenesis is an original, narrative-driven game from Square Enix that will revolve around characters minted as Ethereum NFTs, along with items and other NFTs minted on scaling network Polygon. The game is expected to launch in December following the initial NFT mint.

For more details on Symbiogenesis and what to expect from the Final Fantasy giant’s first original IP on Ethereum, read our GG preview.

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