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Escape From Tarkov Arena shared progression will mimic Call of Duty

If you're looking forward to EFT's new arena shooter, you'll be pleased to know that Escape From Tarkov Arena will have shared progression like Call of Duty.

Escape From Tarkov Arena shared progression: an image of two men from EFT Arena

Battlestate Games’ Escape From Tarkov fans have been waiting a long time to learn more about Escape From Tarkov Arena. At long last, that wait appears to be over. We can’t say for certain that this is going to be one of the best competitive FPS games out there when it drops – at least, we can’t say that just yet. However, what we can say is that Battlestate Games is set to use EFT Arena to introduce a fantastic feature from some of the best FPS games around at the moment to the franchise. You’re going to see shared progression in Escape From Tarkov Arena, just like you do in the current Call of Duty games.

Following a rather cryptic ARG for fans to follow and a mysterious in-person showing at Gamescom 2023, Battlestate Games’ official Escape From Tarkov Arena website has been updated with a bounty of information about the upcoming competitive shooter and how it will differ – and how it won’t – from the main PvPvE experience in Escape From Tarkov. From a number of smaller-scale tactical team modes and the introduction of a ranking system, everything about Escape From Tarkov Arena sounds like it’s going to do a decent job of translating the extraction shooter’s gameplay into a more traditional multiplayer experience. But, what about progression?

Well, the interesting part about that is that Escape From Tarkov and Escape From Tarkov Arena are going to share progression. We don’t know the ins-and-outs of the system just yet, but – under the phrase “two games, one character” – Battlestate Games has confirmed that you will be able to “grow” your character’s level, skills, and weapon mastering in both EFT games. Those of you familiar with Warzone or Modern Warfare 2 will know that this is a similar system employed across all the current Call of Duty games.

One thing you won’t need to worry about if you’re jumping into a game of Escape From Tarkov Arena, however, is your equipment. To combat the fact that some EFT players will be better equipped than others, Battlestate Games is introducing a class system for Escape From Tarkov Arena. We know, who would’ve thought it?

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When you jump into a game, you will be able to choose “rating and role presets” that offer you a full set of equipment depending on your rank and the role you choose. These are listed as Assault, CQB, Scout, and Sniper. However, there’s nothing to say more won’t arrive in the future.

The Escape From Tarkov Arena release date seems to be closer than ever and, after some concern, it does sound like Escape From Tarkov Arena is going to be esports ready – or, near enough. If all of this is making you want to play more EFT, you can read up on when the next Escape From Tarkov wipe will be here.