by Ryan Whitwam
Since its inception, Star Trek has been about exploring the final frontier — boldly going where no one has gone before. Paramount, which owns the Trek IP, has now appropriated that language to push NFTs on the new Paramount.xyz platform, which it plans to launch on April 9th in partnership with Recur. The early response from fans has been overwhelmingly negative, but like it or not, Star Trek content is coming to the metaverse. As for when the metaverse will actually exist, that’s still up in the air.
When the Star Trek Continuum project launches, you’ll be able to pony up $250 to purchase algorithmically-generated starships. And if you’re hoping to get an iconic vessel like the Constitution Class made famous by the OG Enterprise, get ready to drop a lot of cash. The $250 “Captain pack” includes one ship, and the Constitution drop rates are very low. You have a roughly 11% chance of getting a Constitution or Constitution Refit (as seen in the earlier movies), but less popular classes like Oberth and Soyuz are more common. If you want a guaranteed Constitution, you’ll have to buy the Admiral Pack, which you can only do if you’ve purchased a separate NFT known as a Recur pass for $350 (at current prices). It doesn’t appear that Galaxy Class is even an option in this drop, so you’ll have to buy additional packs later if you want that NCC 1701-D vibe. The Ferengi Alliance would definitely approve of this scheme.
As for what you’ll be able to do with these unique items, Paramount is just as vague as the next NFT project. There will be an “experiential hub” to house the first-season NFTs, and future seasons will include more types of NFT content like characters, and you’ll be able to go on missions of some sort. Paramount has also hinted that other properties from Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures will come to Paramount.xyz in the future.
This is all unclear largely because the “metaverse” and “web3” don’t exist yet. These experiences, and the foundational technology to…