Krafton, the company behind PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, is putting money on a game that will directly compete with Escape From Tarkov, Battlestate Games’ notoriously difficult extraction shooter.
Even while Tarkov was initially in competition with more established battle royale games, it has already carved out its own space in the market and other developers are trying to cash in on the model.
Due to its mechanical intricacy, Escape From Tarkov’s development might be sluggish at times, leaving plenty of space for other projects to make their mark.
The Hazard Zone in Battlefield 2042, the DMZ in Modern Warfare 2, and Hunt: Showdown are three of the more well-known examples; nevertheless, it appears that Krafton is keen to enter the fray as well.
Recent financials for Kratfon reveal that PUBG Studios’ Escape From Tarkov rival goes under the moniker Project BlackBudget.
The paper, discovered by The Loadout, describes the game as having “satisfying gunplay” and a “ever-changing PvPvE open environment” that “delivers surprising and interesting encounters.”
Based on the information available at this time, it seems likely that this is Krafton’s unannounced Unreal Engine 5 game, which would see a release on PC, consoles, and mobile devices.
Game graphic for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, a multiplayer online battle royale game.
While Escape From Tarkov is rich and complicated, it does have several major issues that arise occasionally.
Many players have gripes with EFT, ranging from faulty audio environments to a noticeable population of cheats.
While there are certainly issues with PUBG, it is feasible that Krafton and PUBG Studios’ knowledge gained from running a live-service battle royale may be useful in developing a focused extraction shooter.
No one knows for sure if, when, or even under what name Project BlackBudget will ever be realized.
The Tarkov competitor may not be Krafton’s top focus right now, but it’s worth noting that they have a long list of other titles in production.
For instance, Krafton has already announced and released a trailer for their next dark fantasy game, so it appears to be further along in development than BlackBudget.
Battlestate Games may be sluggish at times, but it’s undeniable that Escape From Tarkov has come a long way since its first release.
Tarkov is likely to get a few more rounds of enhancements before Krafton’s extraction shooter releases, which won’t happen until late 2024 at the earliest.
In other words, PUBG Studios has got its work cut out for it.