What’s New in the Escape From Tarkov Patch Notes Today? – Answered

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It’s always exciting when Escape From Tarkov drops an update, especially when it’s right before the weekend. I don’t know about you, but I usually take a full Saturday off after a patch to check out what’s new, what’s broken, and whether or not I’m still terrible at the game (Spoiler: I am!). For now, let’s check out the Escape From Tarkov patch notes today!

Today’s Escape From Tarkov Patch Notes

The most recent Escape From Tarkov update proves rather comprehensive. It’s a big one, with countless new tasks, additional customization, the ability to wipe your PvE profile, AI adjustments in the PvE game mode, balance adjustments, and plenty more.

If you consider yourself a hardcore fan of EFT, then you’ll want to parse through the following patch notes for the game line by line!

PVE ZONE offline single player

For all players with access to PVE ZONE, raids for solo players will be run on the local PC. The game experience, as well as the operation of in-game mechanics, is completely identical to online play.
For group raids, raids as a Scav, and raids on Streets of Tarkov, the game will utilize the servers.

Wishlist mechanics

  • Players can add an item to one of several pre-created Wishlist categories. Items added to Wishlist are displayed in a separate section of the Handbook;
  • Wishlist items have unique visual differences. When obtaining such items through various methods, the player will receive a corresponding notification. Players can customize the frequency of notifications in the game settings;
  • Added the ability to automatically add items needed for Hideout to Wishlist. The available options for this feature can be configured in the game settings;
  • The Wishlist persists after wipes. You can clear the list manually in the game settings.

In-game feedback surveys

  • Added a community feedback survey system within the game, available at the “Surveys” tab in the bottom menu;
  • Completing surveys helps improve the quality of the game based on community feedback;
  • Players can earn in-game rewards for completing surveys.

AI adjustments in PvE mode

  • AI PMCs now pick up items, loot crates and bodies, trying to choose more valuable loot;
  • They can also pick up weapons and equipment, and if they find better equipment, they replace theirs with it;
  • AI PMCs can travel all over the location. They build routes to points of possible loot concentration. Bots move in tactical formation. When they reach the destination point, they collect loot, and then can wait for enemies for some time, setting up ambushes;
  • AI PMCs now extract from the location if they have collected enough loot or enough time has passed since the start of the raid;
  • AI PMCs now sprint more often when moving in open terrain;
  • AI PMC level on beginner Ground Zero will be limited to level 20;
  • All AI will now react to the enemy if information about them came from any nearby bot. For example, if you are spotted by a bot and they yell, all bots regardless of faction will hear it and decide to move in your direction, take cover or perform other actions;
  • AI Scavs will now travel all over the location and search for valuable loot. Scavs are less picky about loot quality than AI PMCs. Scavs move between potential loot destinations in tactical formation if they are traveling in a group;
  • This is the first iteration of AI improvements within PvE mode. In future updates, we also plan to refine the tactical behavior of AI, as well as the interaction system between AI of different factions.

In future updates, the necessary mechanics will be moved to PvP mode.

New tasks

  • Added the Nostalgia quest line for the game’s life path, available only to owners of the Edge of Darkness edition bonuses;
  • Added a new quest line for obtaining Mark of The Unheard, allowing owners of any edition to obtain this item in PvE mode;
  • Added a new quest line for obtaining extended PMC pockets, allowing owners of any edition to obtain this item.

Customization

Added new outfits for USEC and BEAR, available for purchase for “Lega” Medal. Purchasing these outfits requires high standing with Ref.

PvE profile wipe

Expanded the profile reset options in the profile page on the website. Now you can reset your PvE and PvP progress separately or together.

Compensation for reporting players who violated game rules

  • Players will receive in-game currency compensation after the report that led to the blocking of the violator;
  • Compensation comes with an in-game message informing of a successful report. Compensation for several successful reports will be combined.

Balancing adjustments

  • Increased the spawn chance of the following optics:
    • VOMZ Pilad 4×32 25.4mm riflescope;
    • Burris FullField TAC30 1-4×24 30mm riflescope;
    • EOTech Vudu 1-6×24 30mm riflescope;
    • Leupold Mark 4 LR 6.5-20×50 30mm riflescope;
    • March Tactical 3-24×42 FFP 30mm riflescope;
    • Vortex Razor HD Gen.2 1-6×24 30mm riflescope;
    • Schmidt & Bender PM II 1-8×24 30mm riflescope;
    • SIG TANGO6T 1-6×24 30mm riflescope;
    • Hensoldt FF 4-16×56 34mm riflescope;
    • Nightforce ATACR 7-35×56 34mm riflescope;
    • Schmidt & Bender PM II 3-12×50 34mm riflescope;
    • Schmidt & Bender PM II 5-25×56 34mm riflescope;
    • NcSTAR ADO P4 Sniper 3-9×42 riflescope;
    • BelOMO PSO-1 4×24 scope;
    • BelOMO PSO-1M2-1 4×24 scope;
    • BelOMO PSO-1M2 4×24 scope;
    • NPZ USP-1 “Tyulpan” 4x scope.
  • Reduced the recoil for the following bolt-action rifles:
    • Accuracy International AXMC .338 LM bolt-action sniper rifle;
    • Mosin 7.62x54R bolt-action rifle (Infantry);
    • Mosin 7.62x54R bolt-action rifle (Sniper);
    • SV-98 7.62x54R bolt-action sniper rifle;
    • Lobaev Arms DVL-10 7.62×51 bolt-action sniper rifle;
    • Molot Arms VPO-215 “Gornostay” .366 TKM bolt-action rifle;
    • ORSIS T-5000M 7.62×51 bolt-action sniper rifle;
    • Remington Model 700 7.62×51 bolt-action sniper rifle.
  • Increased the leveling speed of Hideout Management and Crafting skills;
  • Removed the hearing distance bonus from the Perception skill.

List of changes:

  • Fixed the incorrect physics of character bodies and loot objects in offline raids;
  • Fixed the EFT and EFT: Arena interaction UI when interacting with Ref;
  • Fixed the cause of incorrect behavior of character bodies after death;
  • Fixed several localization errors in interface and tasks.

How Big is the Escape From Tarkov Update?

Despite the massive number of changes to the game, I’m continually impressed by Battlestate Game’s ability to shrink-wrap an update into such a small package for us. When I booted up the EFT Launcher, my game downloaded an 83 MB patch to bring it up to 0.14.9.5. It took mere seconds to finish the download. A little longer to unpack and check the file’s integrity before I could play.

All in all, I was back in-game in minutes.


This is just one small update, though. Don’t miss everything new coming to Tarkov in 2024! While we await new content, now’s a good time to sign up for the Insider Gaming Newsletter!