Escape from Tarkov

How to fix Escape From Tarkov crashing bug after 0.12.4 update

Published: 6/Apr/2020 14:45

by Connor Bennett


An Escape from Tarkov player has explained how you can get around the crashing problems that have arisen following the 0.12.4 update that dropped back on March 25.

As a pretty intense shooter and looter title, Escape from Tarkov has developed a hardcore fanbase that has stuck around past the recent influx of players from other different games and genres. 

With players continuing to support the game, playing raids for hours on end, Battlestate Games have pressed on with a series of updates – making changes to the Overweight system, adding new sounds, and cleaning up bugs with certain levels. Yet, some players have been unable to play the game since they dropped the 0.12.4 update on March 25.

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Recent Escape from Tarkov updates have focused on player’s weight.

Following the release of the patch, fans of Escape from Tarkov noted that they had been running into an issue where, as they attempted to start a raid, the game would crash and give them an error message.

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After a search for a fix, Reddit user HENRIKSSM has seemingly found the answer to everyone’s problem. According to the Redditor, instead of trying to reinstall the game, download new drivers, or update the computer, Tarkov fans just have to install the Windows Media Feature Pack.

This is, simply, a small download from the Windows website that is related to the Windows media running on your PC.

HowTo FIX Game crashing while loading into game/crashing in game from EscapefromTarkov

Of course, what the download actually contains that fixes the Escape From Tarkov-based problem is unknown but a number of players have reported that the fix worked for them – and not just on a temporary basis either. 

Battlestate Games might have a more permanent fix up their sleeves, however, as they still have a number of updates in the pipeline. The developers recently revealed that they have a quick healing feature for the end of raids in the works, as well as a way to combat ping abusers.

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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


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!