By | July 27, 2023
Escape From Tarkov developer reverses course on limited-time PvE access

Battlestate Games will now offer everything The escape from Tarkov Edge of Darkness Edition owns the new persistent progression PvE game mode for free at launch with no six-month window. The offline co-op mode was originally announced as exclusive to the recently revealed EFT Unheard Edition, before player backlash saw Battlestate offer this new mode to EoD owners for a limited time, with all owners now getting unlimited free access at launch after a premium early access period .

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

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

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Edge of Darkness Edition buyers will also receive a 70% discount on early access to the standalone PvE mode, with a 50% discount for EoD owners looking to upgrade to Escape From Tarkov Unheard Edition. So anyone who owns the EoD Edition will get the new PvE mode for free, or you can buy early access separately or via an Unheard Edition upgrade.

Players are criticizing Battlestate Games for removing the EoD Edition from sale in January after it was considered the most premium version of EFT that offered “free access to all subsequent DLC”, but Buyanov does not see the upcoming offline mode as DLC, as they explain in Reddit statement.

“[The new] The PvE game mode is not DLC. DLC in our understanding are the most important additions to the game, including various features and content released after the official release of the game as a themed DLC pack (Scav Life DLC for example, which will add a lot of new mechanics and content for Scav games and leveling).

“This specific functionality in the PvE mode is necessarily located entirely on a separate network infrastructure, since you are essentially playing on our servers, only in closed mode. At this stage, it is not possible to launch [for] all players who are EoD holders – right now we just don’t have the amount of resources required for this.”

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

Despite going back further, many players still criticize Battlestate Games in the comments. One user is calling it all “snake behavior”, with many highlighting how they believe the mode should be classified as DLC. “You say you can’t give PvE to everyone because of the cost, but why make it so that PvE runs on your servers? Why not run it on the user’s computers and make it truly offline?”

While all EoD players will now get the upcoming offline PvE mode for free, Battlestate is choosing to offer early access at a premium while doubling down on how it doesn’t see the mode as DLC having left an incredibly sour taste in many mouths.

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