Scavengers: Early Access starting today, but it's hard to participate

Scavengers: Early Access starting today, but it's hard to participate


If you want to take a closer look at the PvPvE shooter Scavengers before the release, you now get the opportunity to do so. As Midwinter Entertainment and the Improbable team have announced, the early access phase of the action game will start on April 28, 2021 - this Wednesday.

However, there are a few smaller ones To overcome hurdles before you can participate in the Early Access phase. For the time being, you will only get access to this pre-release version of Scavengers in the form of Twitch Drops. So you have to watch streamers who are currently playing the PvPvE shooter and hope to receive such a drop. The following steps should be observed:

First create an improbable account and link it to your Twitch account Watch a Scavengers stream for at least 30 minutes. As soon as you have received a Twitch Drop, you will receive an email with a Steam key Activate the key on Steam and jump into the action of Scavengers As always with the Early Access version, in this case the game is not in a fully developed state. There may be bugs or other issues that affect gameplay. In addition, not all of the features and content that are planned for the release version of the PvPvE shooter are built in. It is not yet known how long the early access phase will last. The game is still scheduled to be released later in 2021.

Source: Midwinter Entertainment

Scavengers is out today, sort of: here's how to get a key

Scavengers, a new free-to-play team-based shooter is hitting Early Access today, as long as you have 30 minutes to kill. It's soft-launching via a Twitch drop scheme that requires you to watch the game for a bit before a key comes your way. It's a little confusing because, yeah, it's releasing into Steam Early Access which implies anyone can jump in, but access will be limited to those that jump through a few hoops.

Here's how to get your own Scavenger's Early Access Steam key:

  • Create an Improbable game account and link it with your Twitch account
  • Watch 30 minutes of any Scavengers stream
  • Claim your Twitch Drop
  • Check your email for a Scavengers Steam Key
  • It sounds like a pain in the ass but, honestly, it's not a bad way to tutorialize what's going on in Scavengers before diving in. It's battle royale, but not quite, with a focus on survival and resource gathering, and plenty of avenues to success besides gunning down every other player. 

    Matches are points based, and you get points from defeating enemy NPCs and harvesting resources. Attacking other players is only useful if you want what they have, resulting in a much more strategic, unpredictable shooter arena than players may be used to. Scavengers is more like a Hunt: Showdown or Escape from Tarkov, but far more accessible than those games. To see what I mean, check out my video overview below. (Which sadly won't help you get a key.) 

    Besides, you'll probably want in on Scavengers if only to witness the surreal spectacle of forming a conga line with thousands of other real players at some point. You won't be able to do that right away, but 9,000-player lobbies are possible in Scavengers, and developer Midwinter Entertainment has a special playground called ScavLab where it plans on testing experimental game modes in the near future. 

    A full 1.0 release of Scavengers is still due sometime in 2021. Early Access means exactly that, even if it's free-to-play. Expect a lot of updates to the rules, map, weapons, and explorers along the way.