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Tarkov devs respond to backlash over change to quest rewards

Published: 24/Jun/2020 0:23 Updated: 24/Jun/2020 10:33

by Bill Cooney


A brief change to Escape From Tarkov quest rewards, along with a developer’s apparent response brushing off player’s concerns, has rubbed the Tarkov community the wrong way.

On June 22, Tarkov players discovered that a valuable reward, the T H I C C Items Case, for two of the game’s quests had been removed and replaced with a regular Items Case.

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The T H I C C Items Case is a valuable item most players grind to collect.

Besides having an amazing name, the T H I C C Items Case is incredibly valuable because it provides 196 inventory slots inside, while only taking up a total of 15 – which is why its temporary removal irked so many players who had yet to unlock it after the May 28 character wipe update.

After players started discussing the Case’s removal as a reward for the Therapist’s “Private Clinic” and Prapor’s “Perfect Mediator” quests, a Battlestate Games developer with the name ‘ShiroTenshi’ replied to players on the official Tarkov forums essentially saying, “If you don’t like it, don’t play it,” – which did not go over well, to say the least.

“Having things change unexpectedly is one of the many things that can happen when playing a game that is still in development and not finished,” Shiro wrote. “Everything would eventually reset anyway with the next wipe. It being fair or not has nothing to do with it. Continuing the development of the game, which will involve continued changes to said game, is the goal here.”

“I am sorry you feel cheated from these changes, but if that is the case then playing during the development stage may not be for you,” they continued. “After the game has full release, these sort of things will not happen so you may want to wait until that point.”

After ShiroTenshi’s response was posted to the Tarkov subreddit, Battlestate Games Cheif Operating Officer Nikita Buyanov replied apologizing to players and telling them, “If you see any statement – look for my nickname or name, if it’s not – than don’t take it seriously.”

Shortly after apologizing to the playerbase, Battlestate reverted the changes, one again making the T H I C C Items Case a reward for both quests.

“Hey, I guess it was too harsh to do a live changes like that,” Buyanov wrote on Reddit.

Ok, i get it! Sorry for that change from r/EscapefromTarkov

“I will not say anything else – cases are changed back. I definitely didn’t predict THAT impact.”

So, while the initial response from developers might not have been what players were looking for, to say the least, Battlestate did end up reverting the changes.

So you can once again get out there and grind for your own T H I C C Case.

Escape from Tarkov

How to access Escape from Tarkov’s early test server

Published: 13/Nov/2020 16:30 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 21:04

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!