Escape From Tarkov dev reverses course on limited-time PvE access

Battlestate Games will now offer everything Escape from Tarkov Edge of Darkness Edition has the new PvE game mode with persistent progression, free at launch, with no six-month window. The offline co-op mode was initially announced as exclusive to the new EFT Unheard Edition, before player reaction saw Battlestate offer this new mode to EoD owners for a limited time, with all owners now getting a Indefinite free play time at launch after an early bonus. access period.

A brand new statement from Battlestate Games COO Nikita Buyanov, posted to Escape From Tarkov Reddit on Saturday, April 27, aims to clarify the situation, while also further changing who will benefit from the upcoming offline PvE mode. Players can get early access to the new FPS game mode at a significant discount, but the full launch will be free for everyone.

“We note your dissatisfaction and have decided that the PvE mode functionality will be available for free to all owners of the EoD version upon release of the game, when the server infrastructure will be improved to the required capacity,” Buyanov writes.

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Buyers of the Edge of Darkness Edition will also receive 70% off early access to the PvE mode alone, with a 50% discount for EoD owners looking to upgrade to the Escape From Tarkov Unheard edition. So everyone who owns the EoD Edition will get the new PvE mode for free, or you can purchase Early Access separately or via an Unheard Edition upgrade.

Players are criticizing Battlestate Games for removing the EoD edition from sale last January, when it was considered the most premium version of EFT offering “free access to all later DLC”, but Buyanov does not consider not the next offline mode like a DLC. as they explain in the Reddit statement.

“(The new) PvE game mode is not DLC. In our opinion, DLCs are the major additions to the game, including various features and content released after the official release of the game in the form of a themed DLC pack (Scav Life DLC for example, which will add many new mechanics and content for Gameplay and Scav upgrade).

“This specific functionality of PvE mode is necessarily located entirely on a separate network infrastructure, because, for the most part, you play on our servers, only in closed mode. At this point, it is not possible to launch (for) all EoD-holding players – at the moment we simply do not have the amount of resources necessary for this.

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After the initial backlash towards the Unheard Edition, Battlestate Games provided compensation in the form of new features for EoD owners, as well as access to the new offline PvE mode for six months, but now all owners from EoD will get it for free forever.

Despite more pushback, many players are still criticizing Battlestate Games in the comments. One user calls the whole thing “snake behavior”, and many point out that they think the mode should be classified as DLC. “You say you can’t offer PvE to everyone because of the cost, but why make PvE work on your servers? Why not run it on users’ PCs and make it truly offline? »

While all EoD players will now get the upcoming offline PvE mode for free, Battlestate has opted to offer early access for a fee while doubling down on not seeing the mode as the DLC left an incredibly sour taste in many mouths.

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