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Escape from Tarkov dev confirms looting changes after 12.6 patch

Published: 5/Jun/2020 15:18

by Daniel Cleary


Battlestate Games’ lead developer Nikita Buyanov has confirmed new looting changes to Escape from Tarkov following the 12.6 patch on May 28.

Looting is one of the main sources for players to acquire new items, weapons, and gear in Escape from Tarkov. However, EFT fans noticed some major differences while hunting for new equipment following the long-awaited character wipe, on May 28, which returned everyone to a level playing field.

This has prompted a response from Battlestate’s Nikita, who noted that there has been a significant change to looting spawn rates following the recent wipe.

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EFT players have claimed that there is less loot available following the 12.6 update.

One Tarkov player, u/EM1Jedi, pointed out that they had come across much less loot during their time on the game and even suggested that it could’ve been due to cheaters.

“I’ve noticed the past couple days, probably since day 3 of the wipe that there’s a LOT less loot,” they claimed, “I’m guessing most of the loot has been stealth nerfed let me know.”

They received a lot of support with other players adding that they had faced similar issues, calling on Battlestate devs to address the current state of looting in Escape from Tarkov. Battlestate’s lead developer Nikita responded to the post, confirming that they had made some changes to Escape from Tarkov’s loot spawn rate in their latest updates.

He explained that the chance of loot spawning was now much more random compared to the previous patch, which could explain why players have noticed some differences during their runs.


“Loot spawn chances were randomized more,” he explained, highlighting the wider range of loot drops, “it was 25-30% chance, now it’s 10-60%.”

Battlestate has also added some other changes to looting following the 12.6 patch, increasing the spawn chance for secured flash drives and some loot location changes as well.

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How to access Escape from Tarkov’s early test server

Published: 13/Nov/2020 16:30 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 1:37

by Lauren Bergin


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!