After unveiling its plans for its day zero community, more details around Midnight Society’s first game have been revealed by co-founder and streamer Guy ‘Dr Disrespect’ Beahm. In the opening minutes of his March 15 stream, Dr Disrespect confirms that the studio’s first game is codenamed Project Moon, and will seemingly be free to play.
Despite details around the game being extremely light, Midnight Society today revealed plans for its Founders Pass – a $50 package available to purchase by 10,000 approved applicants, which includes access to early game tests, community events, and a procedurally generated NFT character that will come with a unique appearance and combination of stats. There is also a separate, free NFT collectible that anyone can claim once they create a Midnight Society wallet.
As you’d expect, the announcement that NFTs would be involved generated some concerns and backlash. Addressing this reaction, Dr Disrespect confirms that these NFTs will not impact how you play the game, and in doing so also seems to confirm that Project Moon will be a free-to-play game.
“In regards to NFTs, you don’t have to have NFTs to play the game,” he says. “It doesn’t change your experience of the game once it releases, and it’ll continue to be free to play. You can’t buy your way to win. However, for those of you who want to get more involved, there are ways to do so involving NFTs. That’s all we’re saying.”
To apply for a Founders Pass and to become a day zero Variant in the Midnight Society community, there will be an application process. The application form asks for some standard personal details, but also asks for IDs for Riot, Battlenet, and Epic Games, PlayStation, and Xbox to connect to those services.
Interestingly, it also gives you the option to link a cryptocurrency wallet, and doing so will “increase your Variant application status”, which seems to suggest those well-versed in crypto will have an improved chance of being accepted.
Finally there are some questions asking about personal gaming preferences and which one of Midnight Society’s development Guilds you would best suit. These include Guilds for “seasonal events and battle passes” and “game mods, maps, modes, and UGC content”.
Prior to these announcements, all we really knew about Project Moon was that it would be a shooter, some concept art and text lines from the Midnight Society’s ARG hinted at the aesthetic and that it may be an Escape From Tarkov-esque loot-and-extract game, and we knew that the development team features talent that has previously worked on the likes of Call of Duty, Halo, Destiny, and Gears of War.
Dr Disrespect’s stream and the Founders Pass application form have certainly revealed some more intriguing details about Midnight Society’s first game.