Announced in mid-December last year, YouTuber Dr Disrespect’s new AAA video game studio Midnight Society is building a high-class, NFT-integrated “vertical extraction shooter” (VES), according to the recent company blog post. Midnight Society’s game, coined in the meantime as simply “Project Moon,” will merge the two arena shooter mechanics with “the scale and player count scope of battle royale.”
The reality behind Midnight Society and its myriad ambitions has been steeped in controversy lately, largely due to the studio’s upcoming use of NFTs in its game, as well as its initial entry fee. The company launched $50 Active Founder Passes in March, racking up 400,000 potential applicants who had to be whittled down to the base 10,000 minted NFTs for the event.
Through its Founders Active Passes, participants are guaranteed great rewards, like exclusive merchandise, voting rights to game features, exclusive discussion on game development, and downloading and testing Project Snapshots online. Midnight Society class for Project Moon. The snapshots act almost like mini-demos for the studio’s ongoing development, dropping “vertical slices of key aspects of the game meant to focus community discussion on specific features or mechanics we’re actively building.”
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Midnight Society’s primary focus behind Snapshots, which will be published every six weeks, is essential transparency, community discussion and general feedback. The firm reports that “communities deserve access to games currently in development.” The problem with that, however, is that games aren’t usually made that way. Forbes writer Paul Tassi reached out to various game developers via Twitter, asking about the viability of snapshots as a development tactic, which ended up getting a lot of skepticism and criticism from most respondents.
innovation comes from trying things that other people think don’t work, so maybe they’ll discover something cool
My 2 cents are the cycles seem too fast for significant new changes
games are bad for a long time i’m afraid most features will be removed before they have a chance to iterate
—Joe Blackburn (@joegoroth) July 11, 2022
The Two Time himself, Dr Disrespect, responded to Tassi’s tweet with a “Damn, we forgot to have our plans executed by the ‘Gamedev folks’. Hope they say it’s okay.” This adds further evidence that Midnight Society has a lot of proving ground to make up for, despite enlisting several well-known video game developers, including Call of Duty’s Robert Bowling, among many other people behind such games. . like Gears of War III, Duke Nukem Forever, Halo: Infinite, and more.
As for the official release date of Project Moon, little is known. The studio’s recent roadmap highlights an upcoming meetup scheduled for July 29 in Los Angeles. It’s here that lucky participants will receive the first-ever hands-on experience with Project Moon, available only to those with the Founders Access Pass. His latest event, which took place on June 7 in New York, saw the Midnight Society logo pasted on a Times Square billboardannouncing the studio’s conspicuous presence within the industry.
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