Escape from Tarkov dev reveals Arena mode plans and new bosses - Dexerto
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.

Escape from Tarkov

How to access Escape from Tarkov’s early test server

Published: 13/Nov/2020 16:30 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 21:04

by Lauren Bergin


Battlestate Games have always been about building a fun community, but now they’re letting players influence the game design itself by launching the Escape from Tarkov Early Test Server. 

Escape from Tarkov’s developers, Battlestate Games, has always had a reputation for communicating with the game’s fanbase. By doing this, they’ve formed a dedicated community of players and fans who truly live and breathe the game.

These fans know that the updates for Tarkov are few and far between, normally coming in big chunks instead of occasional drip-fed updates. The announcement of new guns in early November certainly caused a stir, especially with Streets of Tarkov still looming somewhere on the horizon.

To add to the excitement, Tarkov’s devs have come up with an interesting way of including their fans in the development process: the Early Test Server.

Battlestate Games
Streets of Tarkov is hopefully coming soon, but fans may be included in its development

What is the Early Test Server?

The Tarkov early test program works similarly to the PBE in LoL or Experimental Mode in Overwatch. As Battlestate’s tweet says, the ETS allows players to “test and run new features, content, and updates before they appear in the game, and allow players to contribute to the world of Escape from Tarkov.”

Additionally, it will help the devs identify any bugs or fixes in a tighter timeframe. Therefore, it will help ensure that any new updates are as polished as possible.

How to access the Early Test Server

In order to participate in the Early Test Server, you must have an active copy of Escape from Tarkov.

To become a part of the Early Test server, simply follow these steps:

  • Activate the launcher.
  • Fill in the ETS form.
  • Await notification that you’ve been selected.

It’s great to see the game’s devs reaching out to their fans to ensure that the Tarkov experience is the best it can be. So, if you fancy shaping the face of Tarkov, apply for the ETS: The possibilities are limitless!