Escape from Tarkov

Escape from Tarkov dev reveals patch 12.6 full wipe coming “very soon”

Published: 30/Apr/2020 6:53

by Isaac McIntyre


Battlestate Games lead developer Nikita Buyanov has revealed Escape from Tarkov’s highly-anticipated full server wipe, now locked for Patch 12.6, could be closer than fans originally thought ⁠— it could even drop as early as mid-May.

Server wipes are Escape from Tarkov’s biggest moments. For much of the time, the hardcore FPS is based around stockpiling loot and weapons. The man with the biggest armory, and so the biggest arsenal, reigns supreme in Tarkov.

Every so often, however, Battlestate Games tips the entire ecosystem on its head. Because the title is still in a “beta” state, they introduce server resets to bring everyone back to square one. These are deployed at random intervals.

Usually, Tarkov players have a vague idea of when the next wipe is coming, and the mid-2020 overhaul is no different. The devs have said 12.6 will send the title back to its out-of-the-box state, but no clear timeframe had been penned in.

Brace yourselves though Tarkov fans ⁠— it’s much sooner than expected. According to Nikita, who spoke to famed Australian Tarkov streamer Pestily in a livestream while Patch 12.5 was deploying to live servers, it will be “very soon.”

Battlestate's head dev Nikita has confirmed the long-awaited Tarkov server wipe is coming
Battlestate Games
Battlestate’s head dev Nikita has confirmed the long-awaited Tarkov server wipe is coming “very soon.”

Tarkov’s full Patch 12.6 wipe is fast approaching

Escape from Tarkov players can expect the highly-anticipated 12.6 patch, along with its big server overhaul, to arrive sometime in mid-May, Buyanov revealed. This is far earlier than the theorized late-June date many had been expecting.

“I saw somebody said that it (the server wipe) will be months after 12.5. That is just not true,” Nikita said. “12.6 is ready. We’re doing primary testing. We just have a few issues to fix. It will not be months… it may even be less than a month.”

The Battlestate Games helmsman went on to reveal Tarkov’s developers had already entered a “freeze period” for Patch 12.6. What that means, he explained, is when the patch is ready to ship, they stop all work on it and run hundreds of tests.

“The content is done,” he continued, and added once they hit the freeze period there’s “only a small amount of time before it lands on live servers” for players. “Right now, 12.6’s testing is underway. It’s on the way… very soon.”

What else is coming to Tarkov in Patch 12.6?

Buyanov also confirmed a few other 12.6 details outside the headlining server wipe, which includes damage and penetration buffs for 9mm and .366 ammo, the AS VAL and VSS will both be nerfed, and Jager quests will “become easier.”

He also confirmed players would have access to “two or three more lines in their stash,” a change that will play a big role post-wipe. He also teased “significant changes” coming to player hideouts, and small economy tweaks.

Finally, Nikita revealed Escape from Tarkov would be getting opt-in testing servers, to give Battlestate access to more post-patch data in terms of what is working, and what is causing major bugs in the game’s live state.

Nikita teased Killa may have something to do with the server wipe event coming in Patch 12.6
Battlestate Games
Nikita teased scav boss Killa may have something to do with the server wipe event coming in Patch 12.6

For now, Patch 12.6 is still on the horizon though. BSG recently dropped Patch 12.5, which included a new-look Therapist service to heal your PMC directly after raids, zoom mechanics tweaks, and more. Read the full patch notes here.

Call of Duty

Dr Disrespect explains what Warzone could learn from Escape from Tarkov

Published: 12/Jan/2021 16:55

by David Purcell


Dr Disrespect is never one to keep an opinion to himself on the big shooter games and the same goes for Warzone, as he’s pointed the game’s developers could learn a thing or two from Escape from Tarkov. 

EFT has been up and down in terms of popularity in the last 12 months, enjoying purple patches where streamers like xQc, Summit1g, and shroud have jumped in to boost its popularity. One of those big personalities was Doc, who played Tarkov multiple times for his audience to watch along.

His stint on it was never really consistent enough to call it his main game, whereas Warzone has been a staple of the Champions Club streams for some time.

Now though, the Two-Time has singled out one feature where the Call of Duty title just doesn’t compare.

Warzone character skydiving without a parachute
Warzone has had many major updates since Black Ops Cold War released, but audio issues remain present.

Dr Disrespect on Warzone audio issues

During his YouTube stream on January 11, the self-proclaimed best video gamer in the world lashed out at the battle royale’s audio after a defeat. He claimed that it made it sound like opponents were 100 feet away in a warehouse, before creeping up on him.

He said: “A game like Escape from Tarkov, a game that has perfect audio, blows this game’s audio out by 500% – trust me.

“Trust me, any real gamer would say the same thing. It blows this audio out by like a thousand, but the reason why is because it caters to (competitive players). You hear something at a distance, a shot, footstep, you hear it!”

The streamer proceeded to imitate the sound in Warzone, making loud beatbox-style noises with his mic.

Discussion starts at 1:12:48 in the video below. 

This isn’t the first game that Doctor Disrespect’s had a problem with, from an audio standpoint. Almost all battle royale games have come under fire at the hands of the Two-Time, who has previously mocked Fortnite, Apex Legends, and others for the same thing.

It appears that Escape from Tarkov – despite not being as popular a game as Activision’s – is one that he actually admires.

Whether or not future updates will address the issue he’s highlighted remains to be seen, but until that time it looks like he’s going to have some big frustrations on Verdansk and Rebirth Island.