Paramount is launching new Star Trek NFTs despite opposition from fans

Star Trek will be the first NFT digital collection to drop from Paramount and RECUR’s partnership

Star Trek NFTs from Paramount and RECUR

Paramount Global and its technology company partner RECUR are dropping Star Trek NFTs this weekend despite criticism from passionate fans.

Paramount and RECUR announced on Tuesday that Star Trek will be the first NFT digital collection to drop from their multi-year partnership to bring Paramount’s beloved entertainment brands and characters to the metaverse. Fans will be able to access Star Trek NFTs starting Saturday, April 9th, through, the online portal to access Paramount’s iconic IP and beloved franchises in the form of NFTs.

The Star Trek NFTS will be housed in Star Trek Continuum, an experiential hub that will be the space for the first and future seasons of Star Trek NFTs. The Star Trek Continuum sale will take place for 24 hours only on April 9th starting at 11 a.m. ET. The minting window will only be open for 24 hours.

Star Trek NFTs Season 0

Star Trek NFT from Paramount and RECUR

The Season 0 drop on April 9th will feature algorithmically-generated starships. As reported by The Verge, there are two packs available: the Admiral Pack and Captain Pack. Both packs retail for $250 each, but fans can only purchase the former if they have a RECUR pass, which costs at least $290.

Star Trek NFTs from Paramount and RECUR

Star Trek NFTs Future Seasons

Season 1, which will drop later this year, will allow fans to collect crews and go on voyages around the galaxy to seek out new planets and get digital collectible rewards. Season 0 starship owners will be rewarded with a crew member NFT leading into Season 1, and in Season 2 NFT owners can use their crew to go on missions in a play-to-earn game.

Why do Star Trek fans oppose NFTs?

Star Trek is set in a post-scarcity world, an economic setting where most goods are produced in great abundance with minimal human labor needed, so they are available to all very cheaply or even freely. With that in mind, not to mention the utopian ideals of the Federation, fans argue that the idea of NFTs goes against the core values of the sci-fi franchise.

NFTs are also energy-intensive. They have to be cryptographically verified on certain blockchain networks, which requires a lot of electricity. High electricity usage, of course, means more greenhouse gas emissions, which damage the environment and contribute to global warming.

Previous Star Trek NFT projects

Despite the resistance from fans, a number of Star Trek NFTs projects have actually pushed through. These include the Star Trek NFT collab from CBS and Funko, as well as the game Crypto Space Commander, which has already featured NFT versions of the iconic USS Enterprise-D and starships from Star Trek: Discovery.

Sources: Paramount, The Verge, Trek Central
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