Popular YouTuber Dr. Disrespect recently gave thousands of his viewers a sneak peek into the upcoming game Deadrop. The game, which is yet to be released, has been generating a lot of buzz among gaming enthusiasts. During the preview, Dr. Disrespect showed off the game’s graphics and gameplay, which left many viewers eager to try it out themselves. The preview session was a huge success, and it’s clear that Deadrop is a game that many gamers are eagerly anticipating.
Deadrop: The First-Person Shooter Game that Proves Gamers Don’t Hate NFTs
Despite concerns from some members of the gaming community that NFTs could cause significant disruptions in gameplay, popular YouTube streamer and former pro esports player Guy “Dr. Disrespect” Beahm’s Deadrop has proven them wrong. Released in 2021, the game ruffled some feathers among crypto haters owing to the fact that Midnight Society, Beahm’s game studio, released 10,000 optional Polygon NFTs called “Founders Passes” for the unreleased game last year. However, as the game entered its pre-alpha stage, it was publicly play-tested by some of the world’s top esports stars, including Dr. Lupo, Scump, and Zlaner, and it attracted both an IRL and virtual audience.
For those who may be concerned, the NFTs do not seem to disrupt or change the gameplay at all. Instead, the 10,000 Founders Pass NFTs appear to function more as tickets to an exclusive membership club of sorts, and grant holders unique features such as a PFP with a visor that can be worn in-game, access to game builds, voting rights on game elements, priority for merch, access to Midnight Society events, and other perks. At a floor price of 0.4 ETH, or approximately $726, it seems that many gamers see the value in these opt-in NFTs.
During the pre-alpha gameplay test of Deadrop, Quinn DelHoyo, Midnight Society’s co-founder and former Halo developer, explained that the game is a unique blend of person-vs-person (PVP) action and person-vs-environment (PVE) elements, a combination now known as PVPVE in gaming. Players have to take out other gamers while racing to an extraction site before deathly freeze sets in, making it similar to PVP Battle Royales Call of Duty: Warzone or Apex Legends. However, Deadrop has a retro feel, with the developers expressing the desire to create a world permanently set in the 1980s and 1990s to match Dr. Disrespect’s eccentric personality.
One element that sets Deadrop apart from other shooters is the fact that teaming is allowed and, in fact, encouraged by the game’s developers. Teaming is when multiple players form groups in the game and agree not to kill each other, even though they could do so and reap great rewards. Deadrop’s developers explain that teaming has its own issues, such as accidentally shooting your friends or grappling with the impact of betrayal.
Although some online viewers expressed anger at the fact that Deadrop charged players who don’t own NFTs $25 to beta test the pre-alpha game, others were excited about the potential of the game’s unique features. While Twitter users argue over whether Dr. Disrespect is “obsessed” with NFTs or if Midnight Society is “heavily focused on NFTs,” it seems that Deadrop has proven that the world of gaming and NFTs can coexist harmoniously.
In conclusion, the Deadrop buzz is quite palpable, and it shows that proper execution makes for a shift in perception. From simple fundraising incentives, NFTs have integrated themselves into particular game constructs, without disturbing gameplay considerably. Deadrop looks poised to pave the way for NFT gaming integration in the future with exciting gameplay and solid NFT incentivization at its core.