This year marks the 35th anniversary of Castlevania, a series that has consistently delivered excellent 2D whip-cracking adventures since the NES era, and even the highly respected 3D Lords of Shadow (dodge sequel). As is the case with many of Konami’s biggest series, it seems to have been on a temporary hiatus except for re-releases for some time, but any hopes of a surprise new entry to mark the anniversary were dashed. IS: Instead, we are getting NFTs.
Konami has announced the ‘Konami Memorial NFT Collection’, which sounds worryingly like a funeral, consisting of 14 Castlevania illustrations featuring game scenes, music, and some new scenes from the series’ history. The collection is going to be auctioned on January 12 an official website, Rather brilliantly, the rendered images of said NFTs are all marked as ‘sample’, if anyone knows, the naughty idea of right-clicking and saving them.
Here are some images, the entire collection can be viewed at the website link above.
This is Konami’s first NFT project, although it is far from the first major publisher to be interested in the non-fungible landscape. Ubisoft is most of the way at this point, and Square Enix thinks 2022 will be the year of the NFT, but it’s part of a wider trend among big tech companies with the idea, not all of which are sold. EA called NFTs ‘the future of our industry’, but concerns Xbox boss Phil Spencer might be ‘exploitative’, Discord teased their integration and then swiftly U-turned after huge backlash, while Steam decided to ban them completely.
As this is Konami, it’s probably going to go down like a lead balloon and, as with many NFT projects, it’s strange that the obvious selling point of NFTs (that they are transferable and therefore can theoretically be used in a variety of digital contexts). Qualified) Not Applicable. You’re just buying a picture of Dracula’s castle or something. “As the company’s first project in this area and with NFT and blockchain technology in its infancy,” the press release said, Konami will continue to explore new developments and listen to player feedback after this initial collection.
The most recent Castlevania release was Castlevania Advance Collection, which brought loads of (very cool) portable titles for PC, while other older games are available on Steam and elsewhere.
A small voice of hope is finally heard at the end of the official ambiguity about NFTs: “Given the future of the Castlevania series, we will continue to support the titles currently available, while also assessing new opportunities for titles that will be available in the future.” Will meet the player and exceed his expectations.” I would love to play a new Castlevania that meets and exceeds my expectations, so fingers, whips, garlands, everything crossed.