Deadrop, a Web3 game co-founded by Dr. Disrespect and veterans from popular franchises like Call of Duty and Halo, has generated significant buzz and sold out 10,000 Founders Pass NFTs.
The pre-alpha build showcased in front of thousands of viewers at the Esports Stadium in Arlington, Texas last month has promising ingredients, including fun movement and vertical design, but the unsatisfying gunplay remains the weakest part of the experience.
While there are currently no blockchain-based elements in the game, a recent viral tweet from Dr. Disrespect suggests that loot may come in the form of NFTs in the future, potentially adding a lot more weight to Deadrop’s gameplay loop.
The Midnight Society
Imagine trying to ‘extract’ with an item you discovered worth $100,000 on the chain.— Dr Disrespect (@DrDisrespect) March 5, 2023
Think about entertainment value as a viewer let alone player.
A new pvp experience is upon us…
Dr. Disrespect and his company Midnight Society’s Deadrop is an upcoming “vertical extraction shooter” that has already sold out 10,000 Founders Pass NFTs. As a player, you’re dropped into a cyberpunk-style map called Cold Storage and are tasked with grabbing loot before the freeze rises from the bottom of the map, forcing players to move up the skyscraper in Cold Storage before they can extract. The game currently offers four ways to extract from the level and make it out alive: a zipline, a helicopter, a dynamically-spawned gate, or the super lift.
The game features fluid movement as a core gameplay mechanic, allowing players to slide, bunny-hop, use ziplines, climb pipes and ladders, and holster their weapon for additional speed. The gunplay, however, is reportedly lacking at this point in development, with the weapons feeling unresponsive and lacking heft.
Although the game is widely known as a Web3 game, there are currently no blockchain-based elements within the game aside from the Founders Pass NFTs. However, a recent viral tweet from Dr. Disrespect, who co-founded Midnight Society, suggests that loot may come in the form of NFTs in the future.
Such a feature would add more weight to the game, which currently has a slightly unrewarding gameplay loop, and increase the stakes for players. However, if such NFT functionality is incorporated, there will need to be strong anti-cheat measures in place to ensure fair play, and items valued so high must not be overpowered in-game to avoid making the game pay-to-win.
Deadrop, a vertical extraction shooter game, has generated a lot of buzz in the gaming world. Co-founded by Guy Beahm, better known as Dr. Disrespect, and veterans from franchises such as Call of Duty and Halo, the game promises to be a competitive shooter that can rival popular games like Call of Duty Warzone and Apex Legends.
Off To A Good Start
The game has already sold out 10,000 Founders Pass NFTs, and anyone who minted the pass has been able to play test builds of the game as it takes shape. The Snapshot V pre-alpha build was showcased in front of thousands of viewers at the Esports Stadium in Arlington, Texas last month, and Midnight Society dropped $25 “Tower Key” non-NFT access passes to let in an even larger potential audience.
In Deadrop, players are dropped into a cyberpunk-style map called Cold Storage, where they have to grab loot from the ground, out of boxes, or off of dead players’ bodies before extracting back to safety. The gameplay involves moving vertically up a skyscraper and extracting from the level and making it out alive through one of four ways, including a zipline, a helicopter, a dynamically-spawned gate, or the super lift.
Players can weave together creative elements like parkour-like gameplay feats to move across the map, and agile movement helps get a power position or to creatively rush opponents in gunfights. However, the gunplay is where Deadrop lacks bite at this point, with the weapons lacking heft, and landing shots currently feels largely unfulfilling.
While Deadrop is widely known as a Web3 game, there are no blockchain-based elements currently within the game. The Founders Pass NFTs are the only current Web3 element, and those Polygon-based NFTs offer access to the preview builds and other in-game perks. Dr. Disrespect suggested that loot may come in the form of NFTs in the future, which could add more weight to Deadrop’s slightly unrewarding gameplay loop.
Overall, the game is still in pre-alpha and requires refinement. However, there are promising ingredients that could make it a great game in the future, with fun movement and vertical design, and the possibility of tradable and potentially valuable NFTs being added to it. If Midnight Society can get the weapons to a good place, alongside the broader improvement of the game, Deadrop may well live up to the hype and match the energy of its brash and boastful progenitor.