Escape from Tarkov is a first-person shooter video game being developed by Russian studio Battlestate Games. A closed alpha of the game was first made available to select users, on 28 December 2016.
Escape from Tarkov is set in the fictional Norvinsk region in north-western Russia, around a “Special economic zone” that served as a gateway between Russia and Europe. However, this attracted corporations with dubious intent, and the city of Tarkov became the centre for a major political scandal involving corrupt corporations in the Norvinsk region. Six months later the situation erupted into an armed conflict involving the Internal Troops of Russia, United Nations peacekeepers, and two private military companies: United Security (USEC) and BEAR. The Norvinsk region’s borders were sealed off, and those trapped in the middle of the local warfare were isolated from the outside world. USEC was hired by the Terra Group, one of the corrupt corporations involved in the scandal, to hinder investigations during the conflict, while BEAR was hired by the Russian Government to uncover evidence about Terra Group.
The player has the titular objective of escaping the city of Tarkov by working for one of these private military companies.
The closed beta started July 28, 2017. Previous alpha testers gained access immediately and after the first couple of days, all pre-orders gained beta access in waves over the course of a week.
Currently the game is still in closed beta, but after purchase of game the player gets “Guaranteed instant access to closed beta” rather than in waves.