What is Escape from Tarkov?

Escape from Tarkov (EFT) is a first-person shooter available only on PC created by Russia based game developer Battlestate Games. Not only is it suspenseful, it is a hardcore survival game that requires an immense amount of strategy and thought. Players are pitted against each other on one of the many maps currently available. Once you are in the map there are two ways to get out, reach an extraction point or get killed. What makes EFT so exciting is that players load in with whatever gear they have acquired and if you die, that gear is up for grabs. This means a first-time player could come out of their first match with a huge payday by killing an experienced player.


Another aspect of EFT that stands out is its combination of both PVP (Player vs. Player) and PVE (Player vs. Environment) gameplay. Players have two different character options to load into a match, playing as PMC or SCAV. A PMC is an actual player loading in with whatever load-out they desire while a SCAV enters the match with random gear. What makes it real interesting is that not all SCAVs are the same, some will be actual players while others will be AI players. So, no matter what you do, you will need to be extremely cautious when engaging a target, looting and extracting.

There are hundreds of items available for looting in the game from weapons, ammo, health items, money and more. The economy in EFT is something to dive into and players will want to spend some time doing research before blindly running around with high value items. You will die in EFT, you will get stressed, you will get scared.

Escape from Tarkov is a military-grade simulation game for the hardcore gamer. The gameplay is brutal with an in-game economy developed enough to run a country. The game does not cater to hand holding, instead it gives you a pistol and says figure it out.

Lastly, keep in mind that Escape from Tarkov is still in its Closed Beta stage. This means you will need to pre-order the game to get access to the beta and there is currently no set release date. Along with that, things are always changing, being updated and breaking. You will find bugs and issues but hold fast, the team is developing the game as we play.

Escape from Tarkov FAQs

What is the Escape from Tarkov Release Date?

As of right now, there is no release date for Escape from Tarkov. That being said, if you pre-order the game from their website, you can get access to the closed beta and start playing.

Will Escape from Tarkov be Free?

Escape from Tarkov will not be free. One of the things Battlestate Games set out to do with EFT is simple, make a great game that sucks its players in. Therefore, they will need to charge players a traditional price for the game. That being said, you can get access to the game at a cheaper price by pre-ordering EFT.

How much does Escape from Tarkov Cost?

The base price to pre-order Escape from Tarkov is $44.99 which gets you the “Standard” edition. From there you can purchase different packages that will give you different in-game loot to start with. These include the “Left Behind” edition for $74.99, the “Prepare for Escape” edition for $99.99, and the limited edition “Edge of Darkness” for $139.99.

Can you Play Escape from Tarkov?

Yes, the only way to play EFT right now is to pre-order the game. You will get access to the private beta upon pre-ordering and can get a good feel of how the final product will be. Keep in mind, none of your progress will move into the final version, everything you loot will be gone.

Is Escape from Tarkov Open World?

Although it is currently not open world, there have been rumors that EFT would include an open world aspect in the future.

What do I need to Run Escape from Tarkov?

There are seven key system requirements to run EFT:

  1. Windows 7/8/10 Operating System (64 bit)
  2. A 2.4 GHz (Intel Core 2 Duo, i3) or 2.6 GHz (AMD Athlon, Phenom II) dual-core processor
  3. 6 GB of RAM
  4. Graphics Card with 1GB Memory compatible with DX9
  5. Audio card with DirectX Compatibility
  6. Internet Connection
  7. At least 8 GB of Disk Space

Can you Get Escape from Tarkov on PS4 or XBOX?

No, EFT is a PC exclusive game. All of our console friends will miss out on the fun.

What is a PMC in EFT?

PMC stands for Private Military Company/Contractor and this is your main character in Escape from Tarkov. As a PMC, you get to jump into raids with whatever gear you are willing to risk bringing with you. You will be more equipped to take on enemies, but there is much more at stake.

What is a SCAV in Tarkov?

A SCAV is essentially a ‘side-character’ in EFT where you can walk with the PMC’s somewhat peacefully. As a SCAV, your load-out and spawning location will be random but you can still extract with killer loot.

Is Escape from Tarkov in Beta?

Yes, the private beta for EFT started in July 2017 and will continue for the foreseeable future as Battlestate Games has yet to announce a full release date for the game. You can gain access to the beta by pre-ordering EFT from their website.

Is Tarkov a Real Place?

No, Tarkov is a fictional Russian city created to engulf players in a realistic world.

What Genre is Escape from Tarkov?

Escape from Tarkov is a Massive Multiplayer Online First-Person Tactical Shooter. Players accumulate loot throughout playing the game and can load into raids (matches) to earn more and better loot as well as complete challenges.