Midnight Society, the development studio founded by Dr Disrespect, has revealed the name and some background details about the multiplayer FPS formerly known as Project Moon. It’s called Deaddrop, and according to the Midnight Society Website (opens in a new tab)it’s set in the year “2020.b”, when self-contained megastructures called Refiner States transform toxic air pollutants into a valuable addictive substance called “space dust”.
The summary continues: “Previously government-owned facilities, the lucrative trade in ‘DUST’ has now led to the forced occupation of the REFINER STATES by competing factions vying for control of towers and resources at the interior.” Players will presumably take on the role of members of these factions, the Skins and Syns, who fight each other and the Cleaners who currently control the skyscrapers of Refiner State.
A “vertical mining shooter”, Deadrop will be all about collecting gear and resources as you fight your way through the tower, trying to survive so you can mine with whatever you’ve looted. Then you use it to fund your next trip. It looks like Escape From Tarkov with a cyberpunk makeover.
Dedrop raised funds by selling $50 Founder Access Passes that give players access to six-week “instant” builds from the early stages of its development. The first of these, called Snapshot CL 1859, is now available. Founders can download it to explore their hideout and test assault rifle on three firing ranges.
It’s of course incredibly early in the development process, so most of what you can see in player-uploaded videos is subject to change. Games aren’t normally shown publicly this early, and Deaddrop is a perfect example. There is almost nothing to see and nothing exciting unless you are one of the most easily impressed streamers (opens in a new tab) who jumped on the bandwagon.
“The goal of this build was to lay the foundations for core player movement, weapon systems, and introduce an environment in which to test the first weapon,” Midnight Society says (opens in a new tab). “Additionally, Snapshot_CL 1859 marks the start of Authentication, Profile, Account, Dedicated Server support, and code to support future multiplayer functionality in Dedrop.”
New snapshots will be released every six weeks. Right now the only people who can try them out are the 10,000 players who rushed for a Founders Access Pass, which came with a procedurally generated one. NFT of a character that serves as his in-game avatar (opens in a new tab). Other series of passes and NFTs will be available later.