According to Satya Nadella, Halo, Minecraft or even Flight Simulator will be “already a metaverse”. The beginning of a paradigm shift?
Mark Zuckerberg’s Metaverse is at the center of tech news right now. And for good reason: Facebook’s founder intends to turn the digital world upside down for the second time in two decades, for better or worse. And Microsoft intends to jump at the opportunity.
Other players in the arena are taking the bandwagon, as Big Tech Tycoon’s dream virtual world awaits. Almost everywhere, we see various projects flourishing that will be used to promote new worlds in virtual reality. The latest come straight from Microsoft CEO Saraya Nadella
Recently, it already announced that its Teams video conferencing program would benefit from its own metaverse. Thus it will aim to allow participants to be present in the same virtual space instead of each behind their screens. But in a new interview bloomberg, he set the bar even higher. According to him, Microsoft will also keep the package on the gaming aspect.
“If you take Halo as a game, it’s already a Metaverse. ”, he explains. “MIncraft is a metawar, and so is a flight simulator. In a sense they are in 2D today. The question is whether we can convert it into a fully 3D world. And we totally plan to do so.“An interesting take on the concept, the definition of which is already evolving at an alarming pace. It is certain that we can expect to see it used wildly in the coming months, until a more formal definition emerges.” .
More medium term or long term plans
But until then we can say that Microsoft’s project is extremely ambitious. In the three examples cited by Nadella alone, there are already many different layers of complexity. The most obvious of them certainly seems to be Minecraft. One can easily imagine how a game might unfold; The concept had already been explored in mobile games since its release.
In the Halo Metaverse, the challenge will certainly be to recreate that ‘open combat’ aspect of epic proportions. But would such a transfer really be justified? In any case, it’s not easy to imagine what the gameplay might look like. On the other hand, this part is much more obvious in favor of flight simulators. If one decides to be particularly optimistic, one can expect a massive 1:1 scale open world, which will be traveled in real time by pilots around the world.
Thinking about what a “Metaverse” version of some of these titles might look like, it seems obvious that each adaptation would require a lot more work. So don’t expect to see the entire Microsoft Catalog land out there. Fortunately, some titles (including MFS and Minecraft) have already gained a foothold in the virtual reality world, which can ease the transition.
According to The Verge, Nadella has not announced any schedule. Therefore it will be necessary to be especially patient. Especially since the firm focuses more on professional metaverse applications, such as its port of Teams.