Midnight Society and its game Project Moon are again criticized for the use of NFT
Renowned gaming influencer Dr. Disrespect, real name Guy Beahm, started a gaming studio, Midnight Society, thanks to his massive following and industry contacts. The studio’s first game, Project Moon, is in its early stages, but those who purchased a Founders Access Pass now have access to the game in snapshots every six weeks.
The Founders Access Pass works as intended, in addition to being a redeemable NFT. The unique profile image that accompanies each of them – an armored soldier-like person with a variety of potential weapons, visor images, etc. – is the most traditional element. However, it also provides access to various other items.
One of them, which was just announced in a recent blog post, is the instant version of the upcoming game. These are incredibly early versions of it, made specifically for commentary on various topics. With only 10,000 Founder’s Packs sold, this is a very specific audience indeed. The first is a few grey-boxed rooms with generateable firing ranges that can be used to test the feel of a weapon firing.
The main problem with this is that it’s usually something you get paid testers to do, rather than fans paying $50 for perks. Quality Assurance is a huge field and although not the highest paid in the industry, salaries can reach AUD$80,000. At the very least, most people wouldn’t pay to do this for the ridiculous amount of time a game like Project Moon takes to develop – it’s a triple-A multiplayer experience with all the trimmings, after everything.
Another announcement made in the blog post is an upcoming event in Los Angeles for “Engaged Founders Pass Holders.” There’s a bit of a cultish feel to it overall, a lot of limited terms like The Existence (the Midnight Society community name, as far as I can tell) and Variants (player characters in Project Moon) and Claws ( a variant type (I think)). Details on the Los Angeles event weren’t available, just that it was happening and would be streamed on YouTube.
There’s also the promise of “future knock opportunities” – i.e. ways to buy access to what will eventually be a free game but with the profile picture and probably some of the other perks attached. . There’s also a lot of talk about the benefits of being a Founders Pass holder, although they’re no longer on sale. You can trade the NFT representing it on OpeaSea or other platforms, although no one is currently selling – not much time for it to appreciate in value, and presumably people who paid $50 to start actually want use the perks for a bit.
Other benefits include voting rights to game features – which seems both a terrible idea and practically difficult, if not impossible – and exclusive developer access. It’s been promised in the past that NFTs and any other blockchain-adjacent features won’t make the game pay, but if you get to influence the design of the game itself… well, let’s see what happens, huh?
Of course, there are good comparisons to be made. It’s basically an Early Access game with extra perks and a token you can sell to give someone else access if you get bored. It can also make you fabulously rich or influential if the game takes off, such is the promise of any NFT project.
In response to natural criticism on the subject, Dr. Disrespect obtained a bit lively on Twitter. Before changing character, Beahm was community manager then level designer at Sledgehammer Games, notably on Advanced Warfare. Presumably he didn’t pay $50 for the lien. He quit to start a full-time streaming career, during which he illegally filmed in a bathroom, was accused of racism, was mysteriously banned, took legal action, and eventually settled. with Twitch and cheated on his wife. He has over 4 million YouTube subscribers.
Written by GLHF.