Extraction games. They’re made for a different breed. The type that revels in the loss of their enemies’ loot and thrives in high-tension situations. Though the genre has exploded in popularity due to titles like Escape from Tarkov and Marauders, compared to other genres of game, the space really doesn’t have many options. That’s all about to change as another title is entering the fray called ARC Raiders, and it’s made by the same team working on the yet-to-be-released FPS, THE FINALS.
ARC Raiders is an upcoming free-to-play third-person PvPvE extraction shooter. Landing down on the deserted planet of Calabretta, a mechanized threat known as ARC looms over players as they scavenge for supplies and resources. Like other extraction games, we can assume players will load down into a raid, complete tasks, and missions, loot everything they can, then try to make it out with their life intact.
Typically, I wouldn’t necessarily bat an eye at an untested developer releasing a brand new game that is promising to “innovate” on old gaming tropes, but this time around, there are two key differences.
The first difference is that Embark Studios, the folks behind the development of the game, are actually made up of industry vets and ex-employees from EA Dice. You know, the same studio responsible for titles like Battlefield, Mirror’s Edge, and Star Wars: Battlefront. This isn’t some small indie operation — this is a development team with decades of experience in creating games and knows exactly what they are doing.
The second, and this is mostly anecdotal, but I got to play in both closed betas of THE FINALS, and it’s a polished game that has got me excited for the future of FPS titles and pretty polished overall for a closed beta. Besides a few network issues, the game looks to have a bright future side-to-side with titans like Apex Legends. Watch the closed alpha trailer below:
To sign up for the closed beta, visit the ARC Raiders page on Steam and opt-in. The closed beta for ARC Raiders will run from June 29 – July 3, 2023.
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