dr. disrespect

Dr. disrespect: Rogue company has managed to snare more than 8 million players, according to Hi-Rez Studios, making it the developer’s most successful launch till now, though technically it’s still in open beta. It’s a number that has no doubt made Hi-Rez a bit cocky, but probably not quite as cocky as the streamer they’ve joined forces with to bring a new map and skin to the game. 

If you hop into Rogue Company today, you’ll be able to duke it out in The Arena, a map designed by the streamer and former Call of Duty level designer. It’s gaudy and red and certainly matches Dr. Disrespect’s onscreen persona, and that goes beyond the aesthetics. It promotes fast-paced and aggressive fights, says Hi-Rez, with “tightly crafted spaces that offer players multiple movement options to outplay their opponents.” Hi-Rez also recreated Dr. Disrespect in-game, putting together a character skin so you can adorn your Rogue with his visage, which doesn’t actually look out of place in the world of Rogue Company. 

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The collaboration between Hi-Rez and the streamer began with a “scripted yet organic conversation played out on social media,” which is a truly awful configuration of words. Despite making me feel dirty, this still seems like a rare streamer partnership that goes beyond marketing. A distinct new map and Dr. Disrespect’s background in level design means it’s got some worth even if you’ve got no interest in the obnoxious character. 

Dr. Disrespect’s twitch ban now appears to have been a minor speedbump. He was banned in June for reasons that still haven’t been made public, unlike the time he was suspended, and this time he is not returning. These days he streams on YouTube, where he’s got 3.1 million subscribers.