Escape From Tarkov goes through a complete wipe every six months or so. This is the perfect time to jump in as a new player, given that your gear and character will be in the same place as everyone else's. Giving up this gear and starting fresh is the great leveller for Tarkov, and it leads to some of the best firefights in the game as players with busted-up SKS rifles go toe to toe with those clutching cheaply made, half-built submachine guns.
Better yet each wipe chucks a load of new content into the mix meaning that each loop a Tarkov player completes — Groundhog Day style — things will be just a little different.
Usually, Battlestate Games will start teasing a wipe on Twitter, before slowly triggering crazy in-game events for players to enjoy before the rest. In the past we've seen airdrop-heavy events precede a wipe, as well as intense tweaks to enemy AI and boss behavior. Essentially, the game's meta is thrown to the wind, as players fight to stay alive under increasingly ridiculous circumstances. Here's what you need to know about the next Tarkov wipe.
When is the next Tarkov wipe?
It's likely that then next Tarkov wipe will trigger on December 14. This is according to a cryptic image posted by the Escape From Tarkov devs. You can see it below, but basically, the December 14 date is hidden in the top-righthand corner. Escape From Tarkov Arena, a competitive shooter that'll launch in-game, is scheduled for release in 'mid-December'. This all points to some sort of update this week.
These wipes tend to happen every 6 months or so, and the last one took place on August 10, 2023. This means that things have been moved up somewhat, likely to coincide with the launch of Arena.
#EscapefromTarkov pic.twitter.com/DJ6jijA09uDecember 8, 2023
What is a wipe in Escape from Tarkov?
Every six months or so, an Escape From Tarkov wipe happens. This marks a full reset for players, with progression, quest progress, inventories and reputation with traders all being affected. This means that the period immediately following a wipe tends to be the best time for new players to jump in, as all players are on a level playing field in terms of gear.
Battlestate Games tends to build up to a Tarkov wipe by slowly disregarding the game's meta, adding in events that completely shake up the in-game economy. In the past, this has involved nightmarish weather changes, bosses appearing in huge numbers in certain areas, and even events where air drops are ridiculously plentiful.
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