Escape from Tarkov

How to download and play Escape from Tarkov

Published: 27/Jan/2020 0:06

by Eli Becht


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Escape from Tarkov

How to access Escape from Tarkov’s early test server

Published: 13/Nov/2020 16:30 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 21:14

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.

Battlestate Games
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!