Escape from Tarkov

Escape from Tarkov dev reveals Arena mode plans and new bosses

Published: 11/May/2020 11:08

by Connor Bennett


Escape From Tarkov’s Nikita has revealed that an Arena mode and boss fights are both in the works and coming later down the line, with the Battlestate Games team even working on voice lines for the bosses. 

While Escape from Tarkov is an incredibly tense shooter and looter title, players can really only partake in raids – be it using their own equipment as a PMC or on a Scav run. There aren’t really any other game modes.

Players have suggested different additions in the past, be it a team mode like Team Deathmatch, or a Call of Duty-like Free for All with a scoreboard and kill limit. However, it appears as if some players will soon be getting their wish as the Escape from Tarkov developers have revealed a new mode coming later down the line.

Battlestate Games
Escape from Tarkov currently has a few bosses but more are planned.

Arena mode, where you’ll be able to fight a group of bosses, was revealed by Battlestate Games’ Nikita on the Escape from Tarkov Russian community podcast.

“Bosses are very cool. It’s going to be very fun gunning them in Arena. There’s going to be a mode in which you’ll fight with a group of bosses,” the developer said, according to translations from Reddit user Sdueq. 

Like other titles, each boss should be different, presenting different challenges at hand for the players taking them on. “With each new boss, we are trying to add new AI, new behavior. And it’s going to be interesting how those AI’s interact with each other,” Nikita added. 

Screenshot via Reddit
A translation of Nikita’s comments about Tarkov’s arena mode.

As any Tarkov player knows, there are currently four bosses in-game – Killa, Reshala, Glukhar, and Shturman. There is also a fifth in the works – Sanitar – who will occupy the Shoreline map. The bosses will, also, have voice lines at some point in the future as well. 

However, when the voices and Arena mode will be released is a different question. The game is currently gearing up for the 12.6 patch but these additions seem like they will come much later down the line – perhaps when the game has a full release.

Call of Duty

Dr Disrespect explains what Warzone could learn from Escape from Tarkov

Published: 12/Jan/2021 16:55

by David Purcell


Dr Disrespect is never one to keep an opinion to himself on the big shooter games and the same goes for Warzone, as he’s pointed the game’s developers could learn a thing or two from Escape from Tarkov. 

EFT has been up and down in terms of popularity in the last 12 months, enjoying purple patches where streamers like xQc, Summit1g, and shroud have jumped in to boost its popularity. One of those big personalities was Doc, who played Tarkov multiple times for his audience to watch along.

His stint on it was never really consistent enough to call it his main game, whereas Warzone has been a staple of the Champions Club streams for some time.

Now though, the Two-Time has singled out one feature where the Call of Duty title just doesn’t compare.

Warzone character skydiving without a parachute
Warzone has had many major updates since Black Ops Cold War released, but audio issues remain present.

Dr Disrespect on Warzone audio issues

During his YouTube stream on January 11, the self-proclaimed best video gamer in the world lashed out at the battle royale’s audio after a defeat. He claimed that it made it sound like opponents were 100 feet away in a warehouse, before creeping up on him.

He said: “A game like Escape from Tarkov, a game that has perfect audio, blows this game’s audio out by 500% – trust me.

“Trust me, any real gamer would say the same thing. It blows this audio out by like a thousand, but the reason why is because it caters to (competitive players). You hear something at a distance, a shot, footstep, you hear it!”

The streamer proceeded to imitate the sound in Warzone, making loud beatbox-style noises with his mic.

Discussion starts at 1:12:48 in the video below. 

This isn’t the first game that Doctor Disrespect’s had a problem with, from an audio standpoint. Almost all battle royale games have come under fire at the hands of the Two-Time, who has previously mocked Fortnite, Apex Legends, and others for the same thing.

It appears that Escape from Tarkov – despite not being as popular a game as Activision’s – is one that he actually admires.

Whether or not future updates will address the issue he’s highlighted remains to be seen, but until that time it looks like he’s going to have some big frustrations on Verdansk and Rebirth Island.