Escape from Tarkov Arena will be a new ‘standalone’ FPS

Escape from Tarkov developer Battlestate Games announced (opens in new tab) on Friday that arena mode players have been waiting for is an “independent game project”.

Called Escape from Tarkov Arena, the spin-off will function like the existing Escape from Tarkov game, the studio says, but instead of high-stakes looting and extraction, it will focus on “gladiatorial” combat in arenas situated across the city. of Tarkov.

The concept is easy enough to grok: people like Escape from Tarkov, so let’s see if the footage works in a different, more condensed format.

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

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

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

The distinction is a bit confusing, especially when you take into account that Escape From Tarkov is technically not yet “released” and therefore 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), likely before the technical release of the game. original game. This is just video games in 2022. It’s best to just accept it and move on.

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

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