Battlestate Games, the developer behind the hardcore survival shooter Escape from Tarkov, teases a new map called Streets of Tarkov. A new living area was shown on Thursday during the Summer Game Fest organized by Geoff Keighley. The trailer also introduced a fully functional armored personnel carrier.
Tarkov is a session-based game that was first announced in 2016. In it, players take on the role of private military entrepreneurs trapped in an isolated Eastern European war zone. Captured in between are scavs, a lightly armed group of civilians struggling to survive. Tarkov is unique for a number of reasons, including the sophisticated ballistics model and the high stakes that the looting mechanics win. The game remains in an extended beta test period, and is among the most popular games on Twitch.
“Compared to the previous trailer, this shows for the first time the fierce battle between PMC in an urban environment in the large residential complex Concordia,” said Dmitri Ogorodnikov, head of PR for Battlestate Games, in an email to Polygon. “[It shows a] never shown before part of the main streets of Tarkov. The map has been under development for almost a year and a half, and now this new trailer has the destructibility of some objects in the game, as well as some physics objects. And of course – the mysterious appearance of the armored personnel carrier! ”
Ogorodnikov told Polygon that fans should expect more information on June 13, when Nikit Buyanov – head of Battlestate Games – will provide additional information during the Twitch Gaming Gathering show.
Tarkov has had a rather confrontational relationship with both its fandom and streaming platform holders in the past. An investigation into Polygon revealed that Battlestate has deliberately and repeatedly used the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to censor critics on YouTube. In 2019, the company’s Twitch channel was suspended when an employee pointed a real gun at his head during a livestream and pulled the trigger and swept a suicide attempt. The channel was eventually reintroduced.