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Escape from Tarkov devs reveal changes to stop “ping abusers”

Published: 5/Apr/2020 13:16

by Daniel Cleary

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Developers Battlestate Games have shared their plans to punish those looking to gain unfair advantages by “ping abusing” in Escape from Tarkov.

It is usually seen that gamers will attempt to get the best ping possible when playing online matches against others for a better experience.

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However, the opposite is the case for some Escape from Tarkov players, who have found a way to get an unfair advantage over other players by playing with a higher ping.

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Escape from Tarkov players have been gaining unfair advantages with high ping.

Escape from Tarkov has been troubled with players that have been using VPNs to play on distant servers where they will have much higher ping than usual.

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It has been claimed that players with high ping tend to have a peeker’s advantage, giving them the upper hand in a gunfight when abusing this tactic, but now Battlestate is looking to put an end to it.

The developers announced that they had measures in place to start kicking those with excessively high ping which would have the potential to cause problems for local players on the server.

“Tomorrow we plan to switch on server-side high ping kicks. The limit will be 250 for a start and it will be lowered for compromise number during testing time,” they announced, revealing that the limit was subject to change.

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They later revealed that the new changes were unlikely to affect those who suffer from the occasional ping spike, explaining that only players whose ping remains above the limit for a period of time, would be kicked from the game.

“Kick will not be instant when you reach the limit number. You will need to stay several seconds above the limit to get kicked,” the Battlestate devs clarified.

Some players were disappointed with the new announcement, however, with many voicing their concerns for their own region or playing with friends from around the world.

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This new countermeasure won’t apply to players residing in the US and EU, and those playing co-op together from these regions would not be affected as the usual ping between the US and EU countries is often well under 200.

As Battlestate has revealed that they will be testing this new feature, which went live on servers on April 3, the final server ping cap may vary from the 250 that they announced.

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Escape from Tarkov update ups Bitcoin value & fixes bugs: patch notes

Published: 13/Aug/2020 13:00

by Calum Patterson

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Escape from Tarkov developers Battlestate Games have rolled out a significant update on August 13, patch 0.12.7.8599, to fix a host of bugs and issues in the game.

The game was down for around two hours as the patch was rolled out, with the changes resolving a number of complaints players have had – some for a matter of weeks now.

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The update also generally better optimized the game, namely regarding memory usage, which should result in smoother gameplay overall regardless of your hardware.

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Streets is the next map coming to Escape from Tarkov, in patch 13.0.

Battlestate have now provided a full list of the changes in the update, via official patch notes.

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Escape from Tarkov update 0.12.7.8599 patch notes

Fixed:

  • Optimizations of memory consumption.
  • A bug with the grenade launcher’s load status.
  • A bug with the glass shader (face shields).
  • Error when purchasing items in exchange for dogtags.
  • A bug when the character did not leave the location, after the reconnect at the “train” exfil.
  • Various fixes for bot behavior.
  • Various bugs and problems on locations.
  • Various minor bugs and problems.

Bitcoin value increase

After the update, players also noticed that the value of bitcoin had shot back up to 150K.

Bitcoin price back up to 150k from EscapefromTarkov

There doesn’t appear to be a fix for the notorious speed glitch which has reared its head again in EFT though, as players noted back at the end of July.

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The devs did manage to fix this exploit when players are moving forwards, however it still seems to work if the player is moving backward instead.

Patch 12.8 is expected to come this month, in August, at least according to the most recent information from Battlestate. What exactly it will contain is not known though.

Patch 12.9, expected in September, is set to bring  Chest Rig and Plate Carriers customization, before the new Streets of Tarkov map is added in 13.0, expected in October.

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