Midnight Society, the new AAA game developer backed by controversial streamer DrDisrespect, aka Guy Beahm, has detailed how its early access plans involve owning “Founders Pass” NFTs.
A blog post by Midnight Society’s Robert Bowling (former community manager for the Call of Duty Infinity Ward studio) explained that the studio wanted to invite its “Day Zero community”, which is already part of the Discord studio, to become early access paying members .
These members will pay $50 (or the equivalent in planet-scorching Ethereum cryptocurrency) for an NFT Founders Pass that grants member benefits, as well as a unique, procedurally generated “VisorCortex” helmet design. The Pass and associated benefits can then be sold or traded to others down the line.
“As we focus on building the best new multiplayer PVP first-person shooter, we seek to leverage the collective strength of our Day Zero community to step in during the crucial early stages of project development,” said wrote Bowling.
“It means building an infrastructure that enables active participants in our community to experience environments, weapons, movement, and other gameplay fundamentals at a stage where their feedback, input, and advice can be incorporated.”
A big countdown shows that there are just over seven days left to apply for a first Founders Pass. Yes, you can’t just buy one – you have to be able to buy one.
Midnight Society will award 10,000 potential contestants the right to purchase a pass using a points-based system, with first dibs for popular content creators or engaged community members.
“Approval is based on a detailed rating system that helps us identify the most dedicated and long-term members of our community who are active members of the gaming community in various ways (as a gamer, as a as an athlete, as a developer, and/or as a content creator),” Midnight Society explained.
A Founder’s Pass grants you a “unique Midnight Society callsign and a VisorCortex you own”, early access to game builds, guilds, and in-game merchandise, including “future drops of VisorCortex”, as well as voting rights to game features and access to studio events.
While this indicates that VisorCortex’s designs are yours, a later FAQ answer on the possibility of marketing your design had this to say:
“All Midnight Society characters and variant designs are the intellectual property of Midnight Society – as such, Access Pass holders may not sell or trade Midnight Society characters or designs in any way .”
Regarding the environmental impact of NFTs, the studio said this (but did not comment on its use of Ethereum): “We specifically use infrastructure (Polygon) that has some of the environmental impact as traditional NFTs The carbon impact of the founders’ claim Access is equivalent to sending about 2.5 emails.”
Some fans are unhappy. YouTuber geeky hobbywho has created content around Midnight Society in the past, suggested the inclusion of a $50 subscription that you can redeem as NFT would create the opposite of a community – a gold rush.
There’s also the issue of the game’s use of NFTs likely blocking its release via Steam, which doesn’t allow NFT games.
Last weekend, Beahm announced he was “moving on” from his long-running legal dispute with streaming platform Twitch, which permanently banned him in 2020 for reasons that have never been made public.