Escape from Tarkov

Escape from Tarkov devs reveal new map & changes for patch 12.7

Published: 14/Jun/2020 12:51

by Calum Patterson


The new Escape from Tarkov map has been revealed, and lead developer at Battlestate Games, Nikita Buyanov, has also revealed what they have planned for the next update, patch 12.7.

Battlestate has been on a roll in 2020 with frequent updates addressing players’ complaints, adding new features and improving stability and performance in Tarkov.

They are continuing to ramp things up, unveiling their biggest map yet during the PC Gaming show, which will take the fight for survival to a more urban environment.

“It will be the biggest and most detailed location ever,” Nikita explained, “there will be a lot of explorable buildings and underground [areas]. It’s an attempt to recreate the realistic modern city.”

A short preview of the map, showing a player entering an exquisitely detailed building and then checking out the view of the skyline, gives us a glimpse at what exactly Nikita is talking about.

What’s coming in Patch 12.7?

In addition to discussing the new map, Nikita also dived into some explanation of what players can expect from the 12.7 update.

“12.7 is more like a technical patch. It will include the big addition called the expansion of Customs location. It will enlarge the overall area by 30, or ever 40%.”

Then, in the next update (presumably 12.8), Battlestate will “totally overhaul the skill system,” and introduce a new boss, Senator, who will be able to heal his partners and search for stashes.

“A really big amount of cool features are to come this year, we’ll try to bring some new experiences for you,” he concluded.

Unfortunately, no dates were given, but it could still be a few months away or more. After all, the most recent wipe in Tarkov was only a matter of weeks ago.

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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!