Escape From Tarkov patch notes: Balance changes, bug fixes & more

Escape From Tarkov patch notes: Balance changes, bug fixes & more
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Written by 

Harry Boulton


4th Apr 2023 09:45

The Escape From Tarkov patch notes have finally been released, and there is plenty to be excited about within these changes. There has been a big discussion in Escape From Tarkov since the last wipe about both sound and cheaters, and this patch continues the work on those issues.

So, if you want to see all of the Escape From Tarkov patch notes, then all you need to do is carry on reading below as we've got the full list waiting for you.

Escape From Tarkov patch notes

Escape From Tarkov patch notes
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Here is a full list of the Escape From Tarkov patch notes, going over all of the changes and fixes that will soon arrive in-game:

Balance changes

  • Updated Nvidia DLSS to version 2.5.1 and AMD FSR to version 2.2.
  • Configured sound positioning settings on Reserve and Shoreline.
  • Adjusted sound positioning settings on Streets of Tarkov.
  • Increased the cloud size and spread speed of smoke grenades by 30%.
  • Added an in-game mail notification system for banned players based on player's report.
  • Adjusted the user interface for placing an offer on the Flea Market, taking into account the disabling of barter offers.
  • Expanded the quest area for Assessment - Part 1.

Bug fixes

  • Fixed one of the causes of disconnects while loading into a raid. The remaining possible causes are being researched and eliminated.
  • Fixed multiple visual issues with scopes when using the DLSS/FSR of older versions (such as blurriness and artefacts during movement, lack of clarity, etc.).
  • Fixed the indoor fog glow on Interchange and Reserve.
  • Fixed the excessive vegetation sway that occurred during long raids.
  • Fixed the effect of street lighting glow which flickered when overlapping obstacles. The issue was mostly present on Streets of Tarkov at night time. 
  • Fixed some texture memory leaks that caused excessive RAM consumption when the game was running for extended periods of time.
  • Various optimizations in lighting system components.
  • Fixed some object culling issues on various locations.
  • Fixed incorrect visuals of some buildings in the background of Streets of Tarkov.
  • Fixed incorrect audio system behaviour at the first indoor gunshot or explosion.
  • Fixed the possibility of incorrect character visuals when trying to operate a stationary weapon by two players at the same time.
  • Fixed the ability to install conflicting attachments on some weapons.
  • Fixed incorrect matchmaking behaviour after pressing "Ready" while the co-op mode settings interface is open.
  • Fixed Error 228 when failing all QTE stages in the Hideout gym.
  • Fixed an issue with loading into The Lab in co-op mode.
  • Fixed the ability to look through some walls on Reserve, Interchange, Factory, The Lab, and Shoreline.
  • Fixed incorrect player spawn points on Lighthouse and Streets of Tarkov.
  • Fixed an issue when loading into online raid after a co-op mode raid.
  • Fixed an issue with insurance for an item with an enhancement that was previously returned by insurance.

While there isn't a long list of changes within these patch notes, a few of these will be very welcome for avid players of the game. Sound changes for Shoreline, Reserve, and Streets should make those maps far more playable, and the fact you now receive notifications when your report has been successful should help players feel more positive about the game's health.

The upgrades to DLSS and FSR should also improve performance for all players which is very welcome. Finally, the expansion of the Assessment - Part 1 quest will be a massive relief for anyone trying to progress Lightkeeper, as it proved near-impossible in its previous state.

When will the Escape From Tarkov patch patch go live?

Escape From Tarkov patch patch time
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The Escape From Tarkov patch began at 8AM BST and is scheduled to take three hours, so it will likely finish around 11AM BST/3AM PT.

However, it is fairly common that these larger maintenance periods are extended by an hour or two, so make sure to check the official Escape From Tarkov Twitter account for the latest information.

So, that wraps up the Escape From Tarkov patch notes, giving you all of the information you'll need regarding the latest changes and fixes. While you wait for the patch to install though, make sure to check out the Escape From Tarkov best settings to improve your FPS and visibility.

Harry Boulton
About the author
Harry Boulton
Harry is a Guides Writer at GGRecon, having completed a Masters of Research degree in Film Studies. Previously a freelance writer for PCGamesN, The Loadout, and Red Bull Gaming, he loves playing a wide variety of games from the Souls series to JRPGs, Counter-Strike, and EA FC. When not playing or writing about games and hardware, you're likely to find him watching football or listening to Madonna and Kate Bush.
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