Battlestate Games has announced Escape from Tarkov update 0.12.9 will be releasing tomorrow, Dec. 24. This update will also include a server wipe for the early-access game, meaning players will need to restart their adventure. The update is expected to take around four hours to install, during which time Escape From Tarkov will be offline.
What's new in Escape From Tarkov 0.12.9?
The leadline feature for Escape From Tarkov 0.12.9 is an expansion for the Wood map. This will increase the size of the map by 2 to 2.5 times, and that they will be expanding behind the mountains in the center of the map towards the Rock Passage extract. New locations for it include Emercom Camp and the Abandoned Lumber Yard, as has been revealed in various dev blogs (as compiled by tarkovprofessional) in the leadup to the patch.
Beyond the Woods expansion, there are three new weapons being added with the KRISS Vector SMG, SIG MCX Assault rifle, and UMP SMG, along with several other ammunitions and a variety of mods. Many of those mods were also changed, so make sure to look at the characteristics of weapon mods when you start playing, as what you thought you knew on them may no longer be true. Ammunition can also have a chance to cause bleeding now, thus depending on what you pack you can cause bleeding more. Initial gear sets also got reworked, changing experience when you start; to help with that, players will also receive a supply package for the first seven days of playing.
Skills saw 'metabolism' changed, and 'immunity' added, meaning there are new elements on the survival side to be aware of. Also new is the customization of head and voice at creation. Right now they've kept it simple with only two heads per faction, but more will likely be coming in the future.
There's a whole lot more fine tuning and balancing, that someone who is less familiar with Escape From Tarkov, like myself, is likely to miss, so you can check out the full changelog here.
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