Deadrop is being developed by Gaming studio Midnight Society with an AAA team. The game comes from four industry veteran founders (Including YouTuber Dr. Disrespect) and expands into over 50 top-notch game developers. Already they attracted the interest of hundreds of thousands of gamers around the globe. Only a select few of them have exclusive access to playtest all the latest snapshots, so called ‘Day Zero’ Variant community members holding a Founders Access Pass in their wallet.
The much anticipated free-to-play first-person Vertical Extraction Shooter takes place in a dark and violent future where the 80s never ended. Refiner States are megastructures erected in cities, where they extract toxins from the atmosphere. These so called ‘City States’ are self-governed and produce space dust. Lucrative ‘DUST’ economies incentivize factions to fight for control of these towers and the resources hidden inside.
Build in public
The development of Deadrop is unique in various ways. A major aspect is how the team decides to build in public, with a heavy focus on community involvement. Despite exclusive playtesting only being available to holders of specific NFT assets, the creators behind Deadrop allow beta players to livestream every snapshot. By constantly gathering feedback from their community the game evolves and expands with each new build.
Midnight Society released a limited NFT mint consisting of 10,000 Variants. Everyone holding a Variant can actively participate in the development process and decision making. In order to built the best PVP multiplayer first-person shooter, it’s crucial to get constant feedback from a large variety of gamers interested in this genre.
Not only can Variants playtest the game throughout every stage of the process, they also have voting power. Votes could evolve around different subject, including micro decisions such as reloading speed, recoil balancing, time-to kill tweaks. But also macro decisions; Maps and game modes. Other perks include access to merchandise and future early access to the Industry Pass. The Eyes, a to be launched subsection, enables players to benefit from revenue sharing across a variety of games released by Midnight Society and their partners. It’s another way how web3 gaming studios empower their players by offering various forms of monetization. We see new forms of monetization for creators and early supporters across the board in web3, from Hytopia to Valeria.
This is where Deadrop players start defining their identity in the game. Claim your Hideout and get ready to get productive in a Refiner State. It’s overflowing with loot ready to be extracted by you. In the Hideout you can find your private items, ready to be customized. Get your gear in good shape and start strategically planning your next raid.
Enter the Tower
In the distance a massive Refiner State peaks your interest. You explore the city and are eager to get your hands on more valuable loot. After all, this can be traded for more Space Dust. Once you found your way into a Refiner State, the question is; Will you make it out alive, too? You’ll need to search for an extraction point within a Sector before a competitive raider takes it. Or, if you want, fight to the dead and take the risk of not getting out alive.
Survived? The Refiner State will reward you greatly for it. What’s some of the loot you can expect to find in Deadrop Refiner States? Weapons abandoned by previous owners. Attachments that allow you to make customizations to your weapon. Ammo, armor, enhancements, and… Rare black market items you could exchange for a hefty amount of Dust. Get your backpack fully stacked and get your hands on the finest loot.
Fight or Evade
Afraid of heights? Refiner State towers will be a challenge. You will find yourself climbing, clamber, zip, and slide in vertical environments. While making these maneuvers you’re being hunt down by anyone and everyone, keen to kill you before making a great escape with valuable loot. Under all this pressure one wrong move could make you go back to the drawing board and do it all over again. Unless you take advantage of one last chance to collect your body and bag by activating a Synthetic Replacement (SYN). Do note, SYNs are definitely one of the more limited perks in Deadrop…
Can’t win? Extract! Gain trust of fellow raiders, if you can… Get on an extraction chopper, reach a giant zipline, or simply negotiate… There’s many ways to get your hands on loot. What’s it gonna be?
AI – The Cleaners
Released in the latest snapshot VI are Cleaner factions. Are they Ai? Are they human? Most likely something in between. Their actual motivations are unknown, so just make sure to keep them as your frenemies.
Got Dust? Pay a visit to The Vendor and make a deal. There’s special deals to be made, too. Not only can you attempt to recover lost loot, the Vendor might be able to tag your loot as well. That way you won’t ever lose it again. Well, never say never. I wouldn’t consider him a friend though, as his prices are always subject to change. This guy surely finds joy in keeping your fortune low when you do too well. And lending you a helping hand when most desperate to get back up and running again.
User Generated Content
User Generated Content (UGC) is an exciting innovation in the gaming industry. Even more exciting once combined with true ownership through blockchain technology. Deadrop is developing the tools for their community to unleash their creativity. Create in-game items from scratch or customize existing ones tailored to your taste. The possibilities will become endless once this feature launches.
The community will be able to create new weapons or skins for weapons already in the game. They’ll allow modifications of existing game modes or let you invent your own game modes. New vehicles? Sure. But how about a paintjob instead and keep your ride a little longer? There’s not much you can’t adjust in the future. Even the characters and all their lore. New collectibles, new environments, standalone experiences. Deadrop will leave everything up to your imagination. Perhaps the best part is that there’s not a whole lot of technical knowledge required. Start small, and create some epic looking emblems. It’s free to use and the team is exploring ways for creators to monetize their creations.