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Splitgate: Arena Warfare

Splitgate: Arena Warfare is a tribute to the shooters of yesteryear.

At PAX South and PAX East, I got the chance to try out a unique game called Splitgate: Arena Warfare. 1047 Games co-founders Ian Proulx and Nicholas Bagamian were huge fans of Halo and Portal at Stanford University. Proulx himself was one of the top Halo 5 players in the world. The game combines elements of Halo and Portal by allowing players to fire portals to get around the map. In addition, it brings both the free-for-all and team deathmatch play that Halo offers.

It may be hard to believe, but Halo is approaching 20 years old and Portal is about to become a teenager next year. Remember the times you went over to a friend’s house to play Halo? It seems like Splitgate: Arena Warfare brought about that experience and scaled it to a PC gaming audience. The closed beta weekend runs from April 11 to 15.

Splitgate: Arena Warfare

You can select between ranked games and custom games with various win conditions and usage of various weapons. The game layout is also remniscient of Unreal Tournament, another popular team-based shooter in the early to mid-2000s.

We here at DVS Gaming think the game has immense potential after participating in the closed beta weekend.

Splitgate is what you would get if Halo and Unreal Tournament had a baby and called in Portal to be the midwife. This game is a basic arena shooter with a vicious tactical curveball. In its purest form, Splitgate is simply a competitive FPS allowing players to use weapons that have been in every other FPS in history. It is the portal system that truly makes this game stand out.

Splitgate: Arena Warfare gameplay

Winning a headshot through a portal on the other side of the area with a pistol is incredibly satisfying. Due to the implications of the portals, Splitgate has the potential of becoming a phenomenal esport. The developers still have some work to do on the hitboxes and some of the standing terrain, but it looks like Splitgate is shaping up to be a great throwback to when FPS games were shared among a small group of friends.

While there is no release date yet as of this writing, it is expected to hit the Steam store in the 2nd quarter of 2019.

Do you plan to get Splitgate? Are you playing in the closed beta this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

Additional reporting done by Jason “Da Jasonator” Sommerfeldt.