A global event in Escape from Tarkov is now ongoing, with the Fence requiring players to play on specific locations to open the map.
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Seemingly out of nowhere, a video was uploaded on the Escape from Tarkov Twitter account. The video featured the Fence, one of the game’s eight traders. In the video, the Fence talked about how his men, the Scavengers, were limiting entry to all but one of the game’s various locations. According to him, this was to make sure that the PMCs would obey their laws, something that the inhabitants of Tarkov valued. Players could only enter one of the game’s nine maps for free. All of the other maps required a specific item to enter.
The Twitter account then quote retweeted the video, giving players a link to a global event tracking website. This tracker, which is called Open Map (from the URL), kept track of the PMC and Scav kills in the free-to-enter map. Judging from what Fence said in the video, as well as the information on the tracker, players had to reach a certain number of kills in specific maps to unlock the next free-to-enter map. This is a global counter, meaning everyone playing the game is contributing to the kill counter. Upon checking the global counter, the player will be able to see which maps they can access for free.
The other locations required the player to have specific items to enter them. These items ranged from Sugar cubes to Gas analyzers, and even more expensive items, some of which are quest items. This is likely to make sure players participate in the ongoing event. It’s important to note that Scavs can still enter the locations without having to pay with these items. The items that players will have to turn over to access the maps are not currently free-to-access changed whenever the free map changed.
After the event made its rounds across all maps, the event moved to its next phase. All bosses had a 100% spawn rate. Not only that, but the Goons in Lighthouse were also at a 100% spawn rate. Cultists were also at 100% spawn rate. This meant that the players who wanted to farm these bosses, Goons, and Cultists could do so easily. Not only that, but Labs, which normally required a keycard to access, became free to access for everyone.
However, the moment Labs reached its kill goal for the event, the Fence sent a message to all players which said the following:
Too much blood has been spilled. We don’t want this to keep happening in Tarkov. We are reverting to old rules, and temporarily retreating into the shadows.
After this message was sent out, the boss spawn rate went back to normal, signaling the end of the event. The global event tracking website is also no longer accessible.
Players were theorizing that this was a pre-wipe event. However, its duration was too short to be one. Normally, pre-wipe events last for days, if not weeks, leading up to the actual wipe. This could just have been a quick event to get players to play the game again. We will just have to wait and see where this event will lead.
That’s all the information we have about the ongoing Escape from Tarkov open map global event from the Fence. Check out our gaming news articles for the latest in gaming news.