The Castlevania franchise had its 35th anniversary on September 26, 2021, but Konami is celebrating that anniversary a little bit late. Unfortunately, they're celebrating by auctioning off a series of Castlevania NFTs.
Given Konami's controversial status in the video game industry, it's probably not a huge surprise that they've decided to jump onto the latest big tech trend. On the page for this "Memorial" NFT line, Konami describes it as "a new inititive to share content that has been loved by players all over the world, for many years." The company also notes that it will "continue to explore new developments and listen to player feedback following this initial collection." These NFTs consist of "game scenes" background music, and newly-drawn visuals from across the series' history." If you buy one of the NFTs, Konami will let you put your desired nickname on the site from mid-February to the end of the year. The wording implied on the Memorial NFT page implies that Konami may decide to try and sell more NFT collections based on their classic franchises. As if Silent Hill fans haven't suffered enough.
NFTs and the blockchain remain a controversial trend in technology and the video game industry, due to the market being rife with scams and art theft, along with NFTs themselves having a heavy environmental impact. Despite knowing that they're going into a highly controversial and unpopular trend, companies such as Square Enix, SEGA, Ubisoft, and GSC Game World have all taken the plunge. Famous video game designer Peter Molyneux, known for games such as Black and White, Fable, and Godus is also trying to get into the NFT world with his upcoming game Legacy.
The Castlevania NFT collection will be put up for worldwide auction on the popular NFT trading platform OpenSea on January 12th.