PvPvE action in persistent maps.
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The pre-season for YAGER's first-person "extraction shooter" The Cycle: Frontier is now available through Steam and Epic Games Store. This is a free-to-play game that blends PvE combat with PvP in a sci-fi world that features persistent maps and seemingly seamless matchmaking.

YAGER is calling this release the "pre-season" because the first season begins on June 22. When Season 1 launches on the 22nd it will offer up a Fortuna Pass that will offer various items and rewards for players to earn. We all know how this works by now, but it obviously doesn't hurt to repeat it from time to time.

Today's pre-season launch includes a bunch of changes, tweaks, and improvements made based on the feedback of the over 900,000 players that tried out the alpha and beta events.

If you want to support the game and devs, there are four different Welcome Packs available right now with up to a 25% discount: Initiate Pack, Professional Pack, Specialist Pack, and Elite Pack. Each of these packs includes unique outfits, weapon skins, plus various amounts of Aurum, Kmarks, and gear.

YAGER notes that there will be no progress or inventory wipe when Season 1 launches later this month. From what I'm gathering from early Steam reviews, this game is a bit like Escape from Tarkov but sci-fi. It's also apparently got some lingering bugs that will hopefully be taken care of in short order by YAGER.

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Welcome to Fortuna III, a forsaken world where the stakes are high and the rewards higher!

Drop down onto the surface and fill your pockets with treasures and resources. Be wary though, only those who make it out alive are allowed to keep their spoils. Keep an eye out for bloodthirsty beasts and greedy players – or set out to actively hunt those and steal their hard-earned prizes for yourself.

Secure a seat on the nearest evac ship to safeguard your loot. Upgrade your gear, purchase new equipment and complete faction-based contracts to increase your gains and unlock new combat options. Prospecting is a risky venture, but greed is sometimes rewarded by the promise of glory. After all, fortune favors the bold in the eye of the storm.