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Dr. Disrespect’s new NFT shooter Deadrop to compete with Call of Duty

On July 29, several people reportedly received access to a tech demo of Deadrop, an upcoming “vertical extraction shooter” by Midnight Society, a studio founded by Herschel “Guy” Beahm IV, better known as Dr DisRespect.

Videos of the game, which was previously known as Project Moon during the earliest part of its development, then began circulating on Twitter and Youtube, showcasing some of the gun play and movement but little else.

The game’s color palette is dark and gloomy with low lighting, and most of the environments seen are urban landscapes. Besides that, there is little concrete information about the game besides the information on the official Midnight Society website. Access to the current tech demo of the game is tied to purchasing an NFT.

Midnight Society described the game as “the most community-focused, online PVP multiplayer experience the world has ever seen”. It is currently being advertised as a battle royale-style game, similar to PUBG and Apex Legends, but instead focused on vertical ascension and tight spaces rather than a large, open map. Players will have to navigate a skyscraper, dealing with other players and AI foes to reach the top and escape the building.

Since the game is marketing itself as a competitor to Call of Duty, it is likely that the game will have very fast firefights with low time to kill. It is unknown how blockchain technology and NFTs will play a role in the game, but the game is reported to be free-to-play. The latest “snapshot” available to founders is of the Player Hideout – a place for players to test weapons and shoot at targets in a firing range.

About Dr DisRespect and Midnight Society

Herschel “Guy” Beahm IV is a streamer known for playing battle royale games on Twitch under the alias of Dr DisRespect. Before he was a content creator, Beahm was the community manager of Sledgehammer Games and was eventually promoted to level designer. There, he helped to create multiple maps for the multiplayer mode of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

In 2015, Beahm left his job at Sledgehammer Games to focus on content creation. During his time as a content creator, he accumulated over 4 million followers on Twitch and has over 290 million views on his YouTube channel.

After becoming one of the most prominent content creators on Twitch, he further developed his connections with the gaming industry. Among these connections is Hi-Rez Studios, which worked with Beahm to design a new map and character skin for the Rogue Company in 2020. Later, he founded Midnight Society on December 15, 2021, alongside industry veterans such as Robert Bowling, Quinn DelHoyo, and Sumit Gupta, who was later appointed CEO. Multiple other industry veterans from Halo Infinite also joined after Deadrop became known to the public.

After its founding, the studio has said that it will “feature prioritization, pivotal design decisions, and fuel innovation in the shooter genre” with a focus on player-versus-player multiplayer online games. Presently, Deadrop is the only project that Midnight Society is known to be involved with.