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Escape From Tarkov May 28 update finally brings character wipe

Published: 28/May/2020 12:12

by Matt Porter


After months of anticipation, Battlestate Games have officially introduced their later character wipe, with players’ progress reset by the developers with the release of the patch on Thursday, May 28.

Like most multiplayer games, Escape From Tarkov players can spend hours and hours improving their characters and weapons, searching through sprawling maps and taking down enemies to scavenge for loot that can give you an upper hand against other players.

What sets Tarkov apart from other titles is the use of wipes to remove progression, weapons, and the advantage that some are able to gain, leveling the playing field and forcing everyone to start from scratch, and after months of speculation and anticipation, Battlestate Games have finally wiped their game for the first time since April 2019.

RIfle in Escape from Tarkov
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Escape From Tarkov players have become accustomed to annual wipes.

Back in February, Battlestate Games confirmed that they would be wiping the game once again in 2020, originally informing players that it would take place in the summer of 2020, but providing no firm timeline for it. Finally, after weeks of fans speculating as to when it would be, the developers confirmed that it would take place on May 28, and used the introduction of the patch to perform the action.

This wipe will see players have their reveals reduced and returned to the lowest level, Trader Rep brought down to zero, and stashes which hold weapons and items cleared, so everyone jumps back into the game at the starting position. Battlestate uses the wipe as a way to avoid technical issues after a major update, but can also act as a way to balance the game, and often brings major excitement to the game as players flood back to start scavenging again.

Battlestate Games confirmed that while most character progression will be removed, it won’t be affecting any saved weapon presets or examined items in players’ handbooks, so there is no need to remake any preset guns when the game returns after downtime.

The patch also introduced a captcha system to the Flea Market in an attempt to clamp down on suspicious trades and actions through the in-game store, while changes have been made to the game’s AI to allow Scavs to cooperate together in groups, rather than attacking as lone wolves.

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How to access Escape from Tarkov’s early test server

Published: 13/Nov/2020 16:30 Updated: 13/Nov/2020 16:37

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!