escape from tarkov

Official Site: Escape From Tarkov
Studio: Battlestate Games

Life is Feudal aims for late 2017 launch, hires on public relations firm

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

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The MOP Up: A marriage forged in hell (January 8, 2017)

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 read the heartwarming story of a couple that found love in Diablo III, of all places. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Black DesertLord of the Rings OnlinePath of Exile, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Escape from Tarkov wraps up its year of development in this 18-minute video

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."

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Escape from Tarkov shows off improved alpha photos

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

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The MOP Up: Aima gets a death sentence (October 16, 2016)

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 heard the sad news that Korean action MMO Aima will be shutting its doors next month. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Elder Scrolls OnlineConan Exiles, Aion, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Warframe releases six new Syndicate melee weapons

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.

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Escape from Tarkov shows off its extensive weapon customization

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.

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The MOP Up: Project Gorgon's pig dance party (August 7, 2016)

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 one player documented the strangest Project Gorgon "interpretive dance" party you'll ever see, including a pig in a hat and a deer raving. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Final Fantasy XI, Elite Dangerous, Dark Age of Camelot, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Betawatch: Elder Scrolls Legends opens up (August 5, 2016)

If you've been waiting for something a bit more scroll-happy before jumping on the virtual card game train, you'll be happy to know that Elder Scrolls Legends has passed from the forbidding desert of closed beta into the verdant fields of open beta. Seriously, you can jump in and start playing the game right now if you'd like. It's the newest card game for people who would rather play a card game without quite so many actual cards.

Other beta news? No, there's none. By which we of course mean "yes, there's quite a bit."

And, naturally, there's that full list down below. See something that switched modes unexpectedly and has a full cash shop running? Argue that something counts as launch? Just like posting about betas with no NDA in place? All of that is welcome down in the comments.

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Escape from Tarkov previews its technical alpha testing specs

The purpose of Escape from Tarkov's technical alpha starting on August 4th is to see how the game works under strain. It is not to provide everything that will be in the game for evaluation purposes, nor is it trying to display all of the polish that the game will have on release. Invitations for the alpha will be distributed in waves, with all purchasers eligible for this wave of alpha testing scheduled to receive access within two weeks of the test beginning.

It's also important to note that the game's servers will not always be available, as this is a testing environment and bugs and stability issues will need to be addressed. Players who purchase a package with pre-order access after the start of the testing will be added into the subsequent wave of testing invitations rather than getting right into the game. For more details, check out the official rundown.

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The MOP Up: Planet of Heroes comes into orbit (July 24, 2016)

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 Planet of Heroes leaped onto the scene with promising mobile MOBA. We've got that plus stories and videos from OverwatchNo Man's SkyElder Scrolls OnlineFinal Fantasy XI, TERAShards Online, Aion, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Take a good, long look at Escape from Tarkov gameplay

One-minute trailers can give you a tiny taste of a game, but they can never truly give a feel for the game or show how it actually plays. Luckily for Escape from Tarkov fans, Gamespot has nearly 15 minutes of seamless gameplay footage that lets you really experience the alpha action. With nothing but in-game sounds and the first-person view, you feel like you are there -- except you can't pull the trigger yourself! Watch the action unfold in the video below, then check out the gallery of new Factory location images that Battlestate games released.

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Escape from Tarkov's alpha test is coming in August

Watch out, everyone: The Russian invasion is coming this summer.

Escape from Tarkov announced this past weekend that it will be heading into alpha testing on August 4th. The gritty urban multiplayer shooter expects to build a solid foundation for the game by then, including the addition of several features that haven't been revealed yet.

The team said that it didn't want to introduce players to the game before it was ready: "Opening access to whatever we have now, 'as is,' in our opinion, does not serve any purpose. Alpha testing should not only polish the project and add content, but thoroughly balance and flesh out the details of game mechanics."

Could we be seeing a new standard for what makes up an alpha test here?

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