08 Apr 2021 9:03 AM +00:00

Escape From Tarkov: What is it, how to play, and where to buy it

Escape from Tarkov, the shooter/RPG from Battlestate Games, is blowing up into the mainstream right now, but you might be wondering what it is.

In truth, it's likely to be unlike much of what you've played before - so here's our quick guide to what it entails.

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What Is Escape From Tarkov?

At its most basic level, Escape From Tarkov is an incredibly hardcore first-person shooter in an online world. Set in a fictional region of Russia, players drop into a chosen area and must fight other players and AI combatants to be able to extract.

That's an incredibly basic version of the gameplay loop, and there's much more complexity to it. For one, your objective is to claim as much loot from the world and from downed enemies as you can. These can be items to sell, or more powerful new weapons. While killing an enemy offers the chance to pilfer any loot they have on them, the same applies to your belongings!

Aside from clashing with other players, AI combatants known as "Scavs" frequent the map, often in small squads. In fact, players learning the game can actually become a Scav, preventing them from losing their loadout when that Scav is killed.


Each run is known as a raid, and these are instanced - so you'll need to extract within the time limit.

It's also worth noting that there's no HUD, so ammo count, weapon loading, and cramming ammunition into an empty magazine is all done manually.

How To Play Escape From Tarkov

Escape From Tarkov is only available on PC, but you won't find it on the Epic Store or Steam.

Instead, you'll need to buy the game from the developers, Battlestate Games here, and then install their own launcher.

The game is still currently a beta, but performance remains impressive and lobbies are full, so we'd definitely recommend giving it a go.

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