Dr Disrespect’s DEADROP: Extraction shooter gameplay, developers, more
Popular streamer Dr Disrespect launched Midnight Society to develop his own game, so here’s everything we know about DEADROP.
Mustachioed FPS streamer Dr Disrespect has co-founded his own studio to develop a shooter to rival Warzone, Apex Legends, Tarkov, and more. Here’s everything we know about Midnight Society’s DEADROP, and what the Two-Time’s very own game could look like.
Herschel “Guy” Beahm IV, better known as Dr Disrespect, is one of the most popular streamers in the world. Known for his mullet, mustache, and shades, Dr Disrespect plays a variety of the most popular FPS games, although he offers intense criticism from time to time.
A former game developer, Dr Disrespect has now launched Midnight Society, a studio that’s developing a game to rival the most popular shooters and battle royale games.
With an early build in the wild, here’s everything we know about Dr Disrespect’s DEADROP, including the extraction-based gameplay, developers, and how NFTs are involved.
Does Dr Disrespect’s DEADROP have a release date?
DEADROP is still in the early stages of development and there’s no word on when the game could be released. However, a July blog post confirmed that playable builds of the game will drop every six weeks, allowing players to test the game and help in its development.
The first “Snapshot” went live on July 29, allowing Access Pass holders to play a section of the game. This is part of their unique development style, for which they’ve coined the term ‘Day Zero Community.’
This will have players involved early in the development process where they could be “testing reload times and recoil patterns in a firing range or jumping in for the first-ever PVP sessions.”
Dr Disrespect’s DEADROP gameplay & features
Dr Disrespect’s game, DEADROP, is set to be the first-ever “Vertical Extraction Shooter.” Previously, the devs revealed that it’s “the next AAA competitive PvPvE first-person shooter” that’s built “from the ground up in Unreal Engine 5.”
Senior developer Robert Bowling explained that DEADROP “combines the map design of an arena shooter with the large scale and player counts of a Battle Royale (with some element of last man standing) but with the session-to-session persistence and ability to extract early.”
DEADROP is unique in that the action will take place over several floors of a skyscraper, with Doc teasing that fire acts as the ‘circle’ that pushes players together as more and more die off.
It’s a Vertical Extraction Shooter which combines the map design of an arena shooter with the large scale and player counts of a Battle Royale (with some element of last man standing) but with the session-to-session persistence and ability to extract early.— Robert Bowling (@fourzerotwo) August 1, 2022
Escape from Tarkov is often regarded as the blueprint for extraction-style games, where players load into a map with their own loadout and must loot and fight other players to find the best gear, and only get to keep what they extract with. Call of Duty is set to throw its hat in the ring with Modern Warfare 2’s DMZ mode, and DEADROP could be another competitor.
DEADROP is also set to be focused on competitive play, with the developers confirming that “the pros, the players, the teams, the content creators,” will get insight into “design decisions, feature prioritizing, and balancing discussions when that feedback could be used.”
Dr Disrespect’s DEADROP platforms
Currently, DEADROP’s “Snapshots” are only available to PC players with the Access Pass Founders NFT. However, you’ll need a powerful rig to be able to handle this early build.
While there are plans to bring DEADROP to consoles in the future, it’ll be “a bit longer” until the console builds go live. However, the “second Snapshot will have 100% controller support, so that we can be ready for consoles.”
They explained that they “need to work through console certification with [Xbox and PlayStation], we’re working through it with them as fast as we can.”
The second Snapshot will have 100% controller support, so that we can be ready for consoles, but it’ll be a bit longer for the Xbox / PlayStation builds.— Midnight Society (@12am) July 30, 2022
We need to work through console certification with both platforms, we’re working through it with them as fast as we can.
What could Dr Disrespect’s DEADROP be inspired by?
Dr Disrespect will play almost anything where you can shoot a gun, but he lives by the motto “Violence, Speed, Momentum,” and looks for it in the games he plays.
After finding success in PUBG, Dr Disrespect is all over anything in the battle royale genre and keeps coming back to Escape from Tarkov. He believes that traditional multiplayer games such as Halo Infinite needs a battle royale to survive. However, he’s been extremely critical of Warzone over the past couple of years, slamming its aim assist, server issues, lack of map changes, audio, and more.
In a stream from June 27, the Doc stated that the game will be inspired by the games that he and the developers play, “whether it’s a battle royale game, whether it’s a survival game, whether it’s an extraction shooter kind of experience…this game that we’re building is going to sort of grab a lot of inspiration from all these different genres and we’re gonna kind of create our own PVP/PVE narrative and experience.”
Dr Disrespect’s DEADROP developers
Dr Disrespect launched Midnight Society along with two industry titans, Robert Bowling and Quinn DelHoyo.
Bowling is a former Infinity Ward dev who oversaw the release of each game in the original Modern Warfare trilogy. He’s since worked with gaming and esports companies such as NRG and EA, but is now co-founder and Studio Head of Midnight Society.
DelHoyo is a former Gears of War and Halo developer who has held a number of roles such as Multiplayer Designer, Lead Weapons Designer, and Sandbox Designer. He’s now co-founder and Creative Director of Midnight Society.
Here’s the rest of the Midnight Society team:
- Sumit Gupta – CEO and co-founder
- Ryan Thompson – Gameplay Engineer
- Eric Hallquist – Concept Artist
- H. B. Duran – Marketing & PR
- Darren Bacon – Studio Art Director
- Greg Cox – Environment Artist
- Ha Viet Nguyen – Central Tech Director
- Rohit Gupta – Advisor
- Lucy Lui – Community
- Nick Engle – Community
With the talent Dr Disrespect’s game has on board, we could see elements of Call of Duty, Gears of War, and Halo, with a focus on esports.
How are NFTs involved in DEADROP?
Midnight Society made the controversial decision to include NFTs in DEADROP, with the studio partnering with Polygon to “promote player ownership.”
10,000 “Founders Pass” NFTs were dropped, giving players access to DEADROP as well as a procedurally generated profile picture that can be traded on crypto marketplaces.
Exactly how large of a role NFTs will play in DEADROP remains to be seen, but Dr Disrespect responded to the backlash by confirming that you don’t have to own an NFT to play the game. “You can’t buy your way to win,” he confirmed.
You can also check out everything we know about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.
Image Credit: Midnight Society / Thorsten Denk
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