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Escape from Tarkov devs reveal big upcoming changes

Published: 15/Mar/2020 14:53

by Connor Bennett


Escape From Tarkov developers Battlestate Games have given fans an insight into the future changes that they will be making – with some pretty big tweaks coming to the game’s weight and armor systems.

Even though it has been around since late 2017, Escape From Tarkov boomed in popularity in January when Battlestate Games made free items drops available for watching streams of the game via Twitch.

Plenty of big-name players flocked to the game to give a try but, as some of the hype died down, they returned to their usual titles. As the game remains pretty popular with fans, both long-term and newer ones, the developers have continued to roll out patches while it is still in beta – tweaking things like the running mechanics, weight system, and adding different exfil spots.

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Plenty of changes have been made to Escape From Tarkov while in beta.

In addition to that recent 0.12.4 update, Battlestate Games have now addressed some changes that they will be making further down the line –  including balancing the tweaks they recently made in the latest patch

The developers tweeted that they’ve done some further balancing changes to the weight system in terms of stamina depletion rates and overweight range, while also Increased heavy armor durability. 

In other changes, the developers noted that there would be changes to the endurance and strength leveling principle. As of now, players can level these while max overweight, but this will be changed to medium. 

There will also be a round of bug fixes, including those that have cropped up following the new patch with invisible rocks and difficulties being able to see properly on the Interchange raid. 

Battlestate revealed that some of these changes go live as when they are ready, while others will come at a later date as hotfixes – so there probably won’t be too much of an update to download.

However, when these later changes will come into effect still remains to be seen as the developers didn’t give a timeframe for their arrival. 

Though, if the difficulties with bugs continue to pile up, it probably won’t be all that long before they get them straightened out.

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How to access Escape from Tarkov’s early test server

Published: 13/Nov/2020 16:30 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 1:09

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!