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Escape from Tarkov 0.12.7 AI update is giving players mountains of loot

Published: 29/Jul/2020 1:29

by Bill Cooney

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Escape from Tarkov’s 0.12.7 patch made a number of updates to the behavior of AI NPCs in the game, and the results are apparently working out quite well for some players.

There was a lot more included in the latest Tarkov patch than just “Improved AI Behaviour” changes, but in addition to the Customs expansion, they’ve definitely been some of the most noticeable.

In particular, they’ve made the AI Scavs roaming around the various areas of Tarkov act vastly different than players were previously used to. The scavengers are now more prone to moving quickly, and they can rush players as a group. This new tactic has definitely overwhelmed some of us already, but it’s paying big dividends for some.

Like a lot of things in Tarkov, it all depends on where you are. If you’re caught out in the open by a hostile group of AI, you’re going to have a bad time. But, as you can see in the clip below, some players have been able to corral the Scavs somewhat and take advantage of the new group rush tactic.

So uhh… The scav rework is pretty nice. from EscapefromTarkov

Amazing and hilariously appropriate S.T.A.L.K.E.R. music aside, the clip above does a great job of showing why some players are absolutely loving the new AI functions.

Obviously, if you’re able to pull this off without dying yourself, there will be a nice pile of Scav loot waiting for you as a reward – definitely something to consider for your next bare-bones raid.

Even if you’re fully kitted out and in no need of the low-tier loot Scavs usually have on them, this tactic can still definitely be useful for dealing with large groups of hostile AIs if they manage to spot you and decide to rush you.

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We wouldn’t go trying this on Shturman, Glukov, or any other Scav bosses in Tarkov, though.

It’s currently unknown whether or not this strat would also work on Scav bosses or their followers, since they tend to act differently than your run of the mill AI.

If you do decide to test it though, let us know how it goes and whether or not it works on Twitter @Dexerto. We would suggest not bringing your very best gear to try it out, though.

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How to access Escape from Tarkov’s early test server

Published: 13/Nov/2020 16:30 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 10:16

by Lauren Bergin

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Battlestate Games have always been about building a fun community, but now they’re letting players influence the game design itself by launching the Escape from Tarkov Early Test Server. 

Escape from Tarkov’s developers, Battlestate Games, has always had a reputation for communicating with the game’s fanbase. By doing this, they’ve formed a dedicated community of players and fans who truly live and breathe the game.

These fans know that the updates for Tarkov are few and far between, normally coming in big chunks instead of occasional drip-fed updates. The announcement of new guns in early November certainly caused a stir, especially with Streets of Tarkov still looming somewhere on the horizon.

To add to the excitement, Tarkov’s devs have come up with an interesting way of including their fans in the development process: the Early Test Server.

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Streets of Tarkov is hopefully coming soon, but fans may be included in its development

What is the Early Test Server?

The Tarkov early test program works similarly to the PBE in LoL or Experimental Mode in Overwatch. As Battlestate’s tweet says, the ETS allows players to “test and run new features, content, and updates before they appear in the game, and allow players to contribute to the world of Escape from Tarkov.”

Additionally, it will help the devs identify any bugs or fixes in a tighter timeframe. Therefore, it will help ensure that any new updates are as polished as possible.

How to access the Early Test Server

In order to participate in the Early Test Server, you must have an active copy of Escape from Tarkov.

To become a part of the Early Test server, simply follow these steps:

  • Activate the launcher.
  • Fill in the ETS form.
  • Await notification that you’ve been selected.

It’s great to see the game’s devs reaching out to their fans to ensure that the Tarkov experience is the best it can be. So, if you fancy shaping the face of Tarkov, apply for the ETS: The possibilities are limitless!