Escape from Tarkov Arena will be a new “standalone” FPS

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Escape from Tarkov Battlestate Games Developer announcement (opens in a new tab) Friday that arena mode players have been waiting for is a “standalone game project”.

Called Escape from Tarkov Arena, the spin-off will play like the existing game Escape from Tarkov, the studio says, but rather than high-stakes looting and mining, it will focus on “gladiator” combat in arenas set in the whole city of Tarkov. .

It’s easy enough to grasp the concept: people love Escape from Tarkov, so let’s see if its shooting works in a different, more condensed format.

It’s not just a deathmatch, though. Battlestate says Arena will include both PvP and PvE modes, a progression system with “unlocking weapons and gear”, and the ability for Escape from Tarkov owners to play as the main characters of their profile.

New and existing owners of Escape from Tarkov’s $140 Edge of Darkness bundle are promised free access to all future DLC, and it will count, so they’ll get it at no extra cost. For owners of other editions of Escape from Tarkov, Arena will receive paid DLC. It will also be available as a standalone game, Battlestate says.

“Escape from Tarkov Arena is a standalone game project,” the studio wrote, “a session-based multiplayer first-person shooter for PC with all the known and beloved hardcore gameplay mechanics of Escape from Tarkov” .

The distinction is somewhat muddy, especially considering that Escape From Tarkov (opens in a new tab) technically hasn’t “released” yet, and so Edge of Darkness and the other editions are still advertised as “pre-orders”. So you can “pre-order” a game (which you can play now), and with your pre-order get an upcoming spin-off of that game as DLC (but it’s a standalone game), probably before release technique of the original game. These are just video games in 2022. It’s better to just accept it and move on. The point here is that this is clearly more than just a new mode.

Battlestate hasn’t specified how much Escape from Tarkov Arena will cost if purchased as DLC or as a standalone game, but it won’t be released for a little while. Closed beta testing is expected to begin this fall.

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