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Multiplayer survival-shooter Scavengers is having an open playtest later this month

Scavengers sounded potentially very promising when we took our first look at it in late 2018: "Part survival game, part competitive shooter, and part cooperative exploration game" that pits teams of four with and against each other in a quest to collect "shards" in a shattered world filled with creatures who would very much like to kill you. Despite being far from finished at that point, it was "in a better state and far more interesting than most Early Access releases," James wrote in his preview.

A full release is still a long way off, but later this month you'll have an opportunity to see for yourself what it's all about. Developer Midwinter Entertainment is running a "technical playtest" from September 18-20, which will give players a look at new character designs and gameplay, including "large-scale PvEvP battles featuring hundreds of advanced AI enemies and creatures across an expanded nine square kilometer map."

"For more than a year we’ve been quietly testing with thousands of players from our community, whose invaluable contributions have refined, expanded, and validated our vision for Scavengers," Midwinter Entertainment CEO Josh Holmes said. "As we prepare for closed alpha and beta later this year, we’re looking to expand our community and use this pre-alpha playtest window to provide us with critical learnings leading into our launch."

It may be my imagination, or the fact that I'm surrounded by them every day, but to my eye the new trailer makes Scavengers look more overtly battle royale-like than it has previously. The studio said that the game does feature some elements of the genre, but that it's essentially the same game it was when we checked it out a couple years ago.

"We've made a number of additions and refinements during the last couple of years of development and testing, including scaling up players numbers, AI and expanding the map," Holmes explained. "However, there's still that core survival gameplay (maintaining hunger levels or avoiding freezing to death) and PvE that exists alongside the competitive gameplay. You don't need PvP to win."

You can learn more about Scavengers, and sign up for the playtest—everyone who signs up gets in, by the way—at playscavengers.com.

Andy covers the day-to-day happenings in the big, wide world of PC gaming—the stuff we call "news." In his off hours, he wishes he had time to play the 80-hour RPGs and immersive sims he used to love so much.