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How to download and play Escape from Tarkov

Published: 27/Jan/2020 0:06

by Eli Becht

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Escape from Tarkov is rapidly gaining popularity, and if you want to hop on the bandwagon, here’s how you can do so.

Whether you’ve been watching a streamer like Michael ‘shroud‘ Grzesiek or Jaryd ‘summit1g‘ Lazar playing Tarkov, or if you’re just wondering what all the hype is about, now is the perfect time to jump into the game.

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The shooter has actually been available since 2016, but in early 2020, the game is now as popular as it’s ever been.

Battlestate Games
Battlestate Games
Escape from Tarkov has been dominating Twitch viewership and getting new players into the game.

For the time being, it’s only available on PC, but not on the storefronts you’d typically expect to see it. With most games released nowadays, you’d expect to see a big title released on either Steam or the Epic Games Store, but it’s actually part of its own launcher entirely.

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How to download Escape from Tarkov

To play EFT, you’ll need to download the official launcher which can be done from the game’s website.

Once you have the game purchased on your account, all you’ll need to do is log in to download the launcher and you’ll be all set to start playing.

While it’s not as convenient as Steam where all of your games are in the same library, it’s not too bad as you can just keep a desktop icon ready for Tarkov.

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Will Escape from Tarkov come to consoles?

Currently, EFT remains a PC exclusive, but that doesn’t mean it can’t come to consoles eventually.

With the next-gen consoles right around the corner, an Xbox Series X and PS5 release could definitely be in the cards, but nothing definitive has been announced yet.

Sony
Sony
The official PlayStation 5 logo revealed at CES 2020.

For a game as complex as Tarkov is, it could end up being very difficult to get everything running smoothly on consoles. It’s also difficult to imagine how the controls would be mapped to a controller as you’ll very quickly run out of buttons.

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With that said, we’ve seen seemingly complex games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds eventually make their way over to consoles. Many players thought the looting system especially wouldn’t work with a controller, but it ended up being a solid translation from PC.

Making a move to consoles would do wonders for the playerbase, so it’s definitely something the developers have to at least discuss as the game continues to grow.

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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.

Streets map in Tarkov
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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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