With lots to do to get Escape from Tarkov ready for the upcoming open beta test, the development team has jettisoned its plans to produce a video summarizing the year previous and elected to jot down a roadmap for the upcoming months.
Obviously, the most important priorities are to get the open beta client for the multiplayer shooter fleshed out, stable, and optimized. The team said that it is focusing down on balance with the hopes of adding new features and locations after the beta arrives.
Past that, the roadmap outlined specific initiatives that the team is undertaking to make the game “more realistic and hardcore” to increase immersion and realism. These efforts will include adding time-consuming magazine loading, mandatory animations if you are trying to heal up, longer restoration time after suffering injuries, smoke grenades, weapon misfires and jamming, drug addictions, faction-specific skills, personal quests, and a flea market. Work is also being done on a new game mode called Arena, although specifics on what this area will entail were not given.
Don’t get too comfortable, because the real war is about to begin. Right now, Escape from Tarkov’s development team is in the final stage of preparations for the upcoming open beta test.
While there’s no announced date for the open beta test, the team did say that it should be coming in the early part of 2018, perhaps within the month. To make sure that the beta will be as smooth as possible and able to handle the influx of many more testers, Escape from Tarkov ran a New Year event over the holidays to stress test the servers. The team said that the event topped previous population records and greatly increased the game’s presence on Twitch.
“We were able to perform a quality and quantity assessment of the required server base expansion in different regions. New servers are already being ordered to ensure the minimum matching wait time,” the team wrote. “Soon after the next patch we’ll be able to determine a precise open beta start date.”
Did you think Christmas came too early this year? One of my hobbies was already rolling out Valentine’s Day hoopla in August, so I feel you. Escape from Tarkov, however, has already moved on to New Year’s. We’ll let this one slide, however, since the game is focused on its open beta launch, so the New Year’s event is really a stress test that kicks off on December 28th and is intended to attract people who’ve never tested before. “Seven-day access to the game will be granted to a part of the players, who will be picked randomly among the total number of subscribers, with bias for those who have been registered earlier,” says the team.
Previous beta testers (and preorder purchasers, of course) will also pick up a pair of week-long access keys to hand out to their mates.
So what’s on the horizon for the game?
What happens when you take a city full of trigger-happy mercs and toss in even more weapons and instruments of destruction? Escape from Tarkov is finding out this week thanks to a “major” update that introduced 70 new items, more communication commands, better optimization, improved starter gear, and advanced weapon handling.
Not stopping to even take a brief break, the dev team is barreling to bigger and better things: “The next important stage in project development will start with the open beta, which is scheduled for launch at the end of 2017. By that time, the game will be expanded with new game mechanics, improvements of existing ones, more optimizations of graphics and network components, as well as additional game content, including new weapons and locations. Also, in the coming months, we plan to localize the game into new languages, including German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese (Simplified), Polish, Czech, Portuguese, Japanese, and Korean.”
Enough of this alpha business — it’s time for Escape from Tarkov to grow up and join the beta club. The team announced this week that starting some time in July, the multiplayer shooter will transition into its closed beta program.
“The closed beta will be available to owners of all pre-order editions, regardless of the purchase date,” the team posted. “On this stage, we will introduce major performance optimizations, several new features, and plenty of new content: the new Shoreline location, new weapon parts and modifications, new loot items, a new trader and much more.”
Some of the features of which this statement alludes to includes an insurance system, economic balancing, the MP5 submachine gun, optimization, a new version of Unity, weapon customization parts, and chat channels. The closed beta will cover four locations in total.
Some people seem to want the apocalypse to happen because they have a really sweet underground bunker that is ready for a test drive. For the rest of us, the closest we might get is Escape From Tarkov’s new Hideouts, which will at least entertain us with the fantasy of our own shelter while the world crumbles around us.
The team announced its player housing system last week, saying, “Our characters need some place to settle down to gain strength, store supplies, stash discovered gear and weapons. In other words, regroup before setting out to achieve the main goal of the game.”
Players will move into an abandoned bomb shelter and work to rebuild it into a functional underground headquarters. There are 13 modules that can be constructed, from bathrooms to medical facilities, and each will bestow a special bonus on characters.
A follow-up Q&A post cleared up some of the finer details about this newly announced system.
The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!
This week we have stories and videos from Pokemon Go, DCUO, Portal Knights, Escape from Tarkov, Final Fantasy XI, LOTRO, World of Tanks, Star Trek Online, Armored Warfare, Tree of Savior, Path of Exile, and Worlds Adrift, all waiting for you after the break!
While Escape from Tarkov is ostensibly a two-faction game, it turns out that there’s a third option available to those who don’t want to play nice with others. In the multiplayer shooter’s newest alpha patch, players can now decide to fight as a “Scav,” a third-party scavenger who is out for him or herself.
“Playing as a Scav is like playing the game without rules,” the devs explained, “one where the players can experience quite different gameplay with a focus on reckless abandon. The Scav player is spawned together with AI Scavs. Scav tactics change up the overall style of raid gameplay, and in most cases, complicating the lives of BEAR and USEC players, while also fighting amongst themselves.”
Check out the short gameplay video after the break!
As Life is Feudal bears down toward its launch window of “late 2017,” it has a new ally to help with getting the word out about this medieval sandbox.
Bitbox Studio announced yesterday that it signed a deal with gaming public relations firm Reverb Communications to assist with the promotion of the MMO. This move should help the already-popular title to expand its audience and prime the MMORPG for a strong launch.
According to the press release, Reverb “will be managing media, streamer, and influencer outreach for the game.” Some of Reverb’s other clients include ARK and Escape from Tarkov. You don’t need a PR firm to get you excited, of course. Perhaps checking out these new screenshots might do the trick all on their own?
Source: Press release
Before you jump into 2017 to escape the dystopian horror of this year, you might want to pause for a moment to catch up on all of the developments with Escape from Tarkov, that Russian military first-person shooter that’s been in the works for a while now.
The team said that it is about ready to head into its “extended alpha,” a testing state that will allow for the admittance of most pre-order owners.
Report to the sitrep room for a full rundown of Escape from Tarkov’s development to date, and then prepare yourself for one heck of a battle come next year. The video shows off “the extensive project showcase, demonstration of absolutely new features, review of weapons and locations, as well as study of already implemented game functionality available to the participants of the alpha testing.”
Escape from Tarkov is in preparation for exiting its alpha state and entering beta testing. To get players excited for this transition and to show off some of the graphical improvements that it’s been making, the team has opened up its photo album to share a half-dozen new pictures with fans.
The team said that what you see will only improve from here: “Upon release, Escape from Tarkov will feature massive upgrades to its visuals, courtesy of significant engine upgrades, which will make the game’s graphics even more lifelike than before.”
Source: Press release
Who doesn’t love having shiny new weapons when traipsing into battle? Tenno can enjoy that feeling now; Warframe
has just release six new Syndicate melee weapons in its most recent patch. Each weapon comes with a a unique passive and stat changes, but no Syndicate burst. Want to recompose a killed enemy as your ally? Get the intelligent hammer Synoid Heliocor from the Cephalon Suda. How about the ability to heal allies every time you hit your opponent? Then grab the Sancti Magistar from the New Loka.
Each Syndicate offers a weapon, and players will need to have the highest standing in that Syndicate to be eligible to purchase it. Get the full details on the official site, and get a glimpse of each weapon in the video clip below.
What’s your goal in Escape from Tarkov? At a glance, the title might suggest that your goal is to, well, escape, probably from somewhere or someone named Tarkov. But no, your real goal is to assemble a really cool gun, according to the latest video showing off the weapon customization process. Of course, that’s “really cool gun” using realistic technology; you won’t be shooting sharks that shoot smaller sharks made of laser beams.
If that all sounds super awesome to you, hop on down below and check out the full customization video. It is… robust. And it delivers what it promises, that weapon has been customized as heck. If you’re now just sad about the fact that you can’t have the shark thing, we can’t help you.