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Escape From Tarkov devs reveal Flea Market changes in June 19 update

Published: 20/Jun/2020 14:30

by Connor Bennett

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Escape from Tarkov devs Battlestate Games have revealed a few changes to the Flea Market following the most recent technical update, though, some fans aren’t too pleased with what has been changed. 

With Escape From Tarkov being ever-changing, Battlestate Games are continually new updates to add new content, make sure that things run smoothly, and generally ensure that the shooter and looter title is balanced for both new and veteran players.

However, their most recent technical update has sparked a little bit of backlash after the devs decided to make some pretty big changes to the way the Flea Market works – specifically, with what items players can sell.

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The Flea Market and Traders are used to build up cash in EFT.

With the technical update dropping on June 19, the devs noted that now, players can only sell guns on the flea market if they were found in a raid. On top of that, the ability to barter with the flea market is also limited to items that are found in a raid. 

This means that items that are looted following a kill on another player, are no longer eligible to be sold on the flea market. This has, obviously, upset a few players who had modeled their play style around killing enemies and selling the unneeded gear. 

Some players suggested that the flea market would completely become a thing of the past because of these changes as it has pretty much become rendered useless.

Others pleaded with the Devs that an update should be made to make enemy gear count as  ‘found in raid’ items so that they can continue to play in the same way as before, but, perhaps, cut the prices of those items.

However, some fans backed the changes from Battlestate, noting that the game is purposefully meant to be difficult and that these changes only ramp up the difficulty.

Of course, with the changes only being in their infancy, it’s unknown as to whether or not the devs have considered reverting things.

We’ll just have to wait and see if it turns enough players off of playing Tarkov to be considered a major problem.

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How to access Escape from Tarkov’s early test server

Published: 13/Nov/2020 16:30 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 21:28

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!