How to Play Escape From Tarkov

Wondering how to purchase and play Escape From Tarkov? We have all of the info you need to get started.

Escape From Tarkov's latest patch  update 0.12.2.5485  might have come some two years after the game first entered beta, but it added a limited time Twitch campaign that got the attention of popular streamers such as Dr. Disrespect, Kotton, and Deadlyslob. Consequently, many are now wondering how to play the game and get in on the action.

Currently, Escape From Tarkov is only available on PC through the game's official website. As of now, the game is not available on Steam or through the Epic Games Store. 

How to Pre-Order Escape From Tarkov

On PC, you can purchase Escape From Tarkov now and play the beta by following these steps:

  1. Go to the pre-order page
  2. Purchase one of the four available editions:
    • Standard Edition: $45
    • Left Behind Edition: $75
    • Prepare for Escape Edition: $100
    • Edge of Darkness Limited Edition: $140
  3. Play the closed beta immediately

Escape From Tarkov does not yet have an official release date, though we expect the release date to be announced by the developer sometime in the near future.

Escape From Takov Features and Factions

EFT is a story-driven multiplayer first-person shooter that offers both combat and non-combat activities, such as:

  • Completing massive raids in co-op or solo modes
  • Locating intel to flesh out a growing story and world
  • Actively adapting to the game's environment
  • Communicating and trading with NPCs
  • Selling loot in auctions
  • Establishing your own combat groups
  • Building your own hideouts

All of this can be achieved through several factions available in the game:

  • USEC
  • BEAR
  • Scavs
  • Scav Raiders

Each faction has unique abilities and skillsets, allowing them to affect the game in different ways. For example, USEC relies on AR systems, long-range optics, and negotiations to navigate the city and the world of Tarkov.

However, Scavs, which populate the game as both AI and player-controlled characters, rely on weapons and gear found in the field and thus, wield random equipment and weapons. 

Will Escape From Tarkov Come to PS4 or Xbox One?

As of now, there is no word on if EFT will come to PS4 or Xbox One consoles. If the game were to release on consoles, it's would conceivably launch on next-gen systems, such as the PS5 and Xbox Series X. 

However, it would be extremely difficult for Battlestate Games to port Escape From Tarkov to a console due to the game's large amount of highly complex controls and key binds.

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That's it on how to purchase and play Escape From Tarkov on PC. For more on the FPS MMO, stay tuned to GameSkinny. 

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Sergey has been a freelancer in the video games industry for more than five years, writing for various publications around the world. His favorite games are MtG, Dark Souls, Diablo, and Divinity: Original Sin. Sergey doesn't own consoles because a PC is all he needs.

Published Jan. 7th 2020

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