Escape from Tarkov

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Escape from Tarkov
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Developer(s)Battlestate Games
Publisher(s)Battlestate Games
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
Genre(s)First-person shooter, Tactical shooter
Mode(s)Multi-player, Arena-mode, Freeroam-mode

Escape from Tarkov is a tactical first-person shooter video game being developed by Russian studio Battlestate Games. A closed alpha of the game was first made available to select users, on 28 December 2016.[1]


Escape from Tarkov is set in the fictional Norvinsk region in Northwestern Russia, around a "special economic zone" that served as a gateway between Russia and Europe. However, this attracted corporations with dubious intent, and the city of Tarkov became the centre for a major political scandal involving corrupt corporations in the Norvinsk region. Six months later the situation erupted into an armed conflict involving the Russian Internal Troops, United Nations peacekeepers, and two private military companies: United Security (USEC) and BEAR. The Norvinsk region's borders were sealed off, and those trapped in the middle of the war zone were isolated from the outside world. USEC was hired by the Terra Group, one of the corrupt corporations involved in the scandal, to hinder investigations during the conflict, while BEAR was hired by the Russian Government to uncover evidence about Terra Group.

The player has the titular objective of escaping the city of Tarkov by working for one of these private military companies.

Development and release[edit]

Development started in 2012. Escape from Tarkov will be a traditional full purchase release, with neither free-to-play nor microtransaction elements. There is a possibility of a release on Steam sometime after the game's official release.[2] There are also plans for downloadable content in the future.

Extended alpha[edit]

The extended alpha was announced on 28 December 2016, available to select users who pre-ordered the game. The game has four preorder tiers, where the Edge of Darkness edition guaranteed players access to the alpha build.[3] All players who had access had to sign a non-disclosure agreement and video coverage of the gameplay via streaming was limited to select players.[citation needed] On March 24, 2017, the NDA was lifted.


  • Standard Edition
  • Left Behind Edition
  • Prepare for Escape Edition
  • Edge of Darkness Limited Edition

Closed beta[edit]

The closed beta started July 28, 2017. Previous alpha testers gained access immediately and after the first couple of days, all pre-orders gained beta access in waves over the course of a week.

Currently the game is still in closed beta, but after purchase of game the player gets "Guaranteed instant access to closed beta"[4] rather than in waves.


Battlestate Games has been accused of abusing YouTube's DMCA system to remove negative videos of Escape from Tarkov. YouTube user Eroktic released a video accusing Battlestate Games of leaking user information, resulting in Battlestate Games issuing DMCAs on 47 YouTube videos posted by the user; two of which were striked for allegedly spreading false information and the rest for spreading "negative hype".[5][6]


  1. ^ "The Escape From Tarkov Extended Alpha has started!". Retrieved 2017-02-18.
  2. ^ "How Modding, Microtransactions, and Death Will Work in Escape from Tarkov". GameSpot. Retrieved 2017-02-18.
  3. ^ "FPS/MMO Escape from Tarkov gets new raid location and weapon failure in extended alpha". PCGamesN. Retrieved 2017-02-18.
  4. ^ "Pre-order - Escape from Tarkov". Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  5. ^ Hall, Charlie (2018-12-17). "Escape From Tarkov team barrages YouTuber with DMCA takedowns over 'misinformation'". Polygon. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  6. ^ "Escape From Tarkov Devs Abuse DMCA Takedowns Against Eroktic's YouTube Content". One Angry Gamer. 2018-12-18. Retrieved 2018-12-19.

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