Scavengers is a real battle, in a way, though James said in his April preview that it’s much more like a friendlier, more accessible version of Escape from Tarkov or Hunt: Showdown. Players join in three-man squadrons to fight for survival in a hybrid PvE / PvP arena, but the distinguishing factor is that victory is what you make of it: you may want to kill everything that moves or you may prefer just fill your pockets and bring your ass. Either way, winning is winning.
Something even more fun about Scavengers is the massive scale it is capable of using the experimental ScavLab sandbox, which we had a taste of last month in a test session with over 1,700 players. It was chaotic, but it worked and almost at the end of the session, developer Midwinter Entertainment pushed the player population to about 9,600, stressful but unmanageable. "Things remain surprisingly stable, even during the 15th wave of monster rain, thousands of virtual players adopting pre-recorded routes and behaviors," James wrote of the experience.
Everyone will soon have the opportunity to try this action on a large scale, as the first public ScavLab event will take place this weekend. The studio expects to reach up to 5,000 players in the shared environment simultaneously for a session with "competitive sports minigames [and] large-scale combat", as well as an online AMA with the co-founder and CEO of Midwinter. , Josh Holmes.
"We will test features and game ideas with up to 5,000 players in a shared environment, with the possibility of hosting many more at future events," Holmes said. "Our main goal is to make it an experience that people want to join for fun, and we'll try a lot with every ScavLab event, as we aim to achieve that."
The first public ScavLab event is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. [BST] on May 29 and will be open to all Scavengers players, although, depending on the amount of people who want to participate, not everyone can enter The event will also be broadcast live Twitch. Scavengers itself is free to play Steam and the Epic games store.