BattleState Games Refuses to Back Down Amidst Escape From Tarkov's "Unheard Edition" Controversy

Abhimannu Das
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Battlestate Games' Lead Community Manager, known as appl3z0r, clarified on the official Discord that the PvE mode is not considered DLC but rather a distinct feature of the new edition.
An official statement from the Escape From Tarkov X account indicates that Battlestate Games currently has no intentions to make the new mode available to players who do not purchase the Unheard Edition,

In a recent announcement, Escape From Tarkov has introduced the Unheard Edition as part of its latest patch, touting a fresh player versus environment (PvE) mode and supplementary perks. However, the fan response has been far from positive, primarily due to the exclusive nature of the new features and the hefty $250 price tag attached.

BattleState Games Will Not Make the New Mode Accessible to Those Who Don't Have The Unheard Edition

Update: An official statement from the Escape From Tarkov X account indicates that Battlestate Games currently has no intentions to make the new mode available to players who do not purchase the Unheard Edition, further fueling the frustration among the community.

One of the main grievances voiced by the community revolves around the PvE mode being restricted to purchasers of the Unheard Edition. This decision has irked players who previously invested in the Edge of Darkness (EoD) edition, which was marketed to include all future DLC content. Many argue that the PvE mode should have been included as part of this promise, prompting frustration among EoD edition holders who now find themselves compelled to upgrade at an additional cost.

Attempting to address the controversy, Battlestate Games' Lead Community Manager, known as appl3z0r, clarified on the official Discord that the PvE mode is not considered DLC but rather a distinct feature of the new edition. This semantic distinction, however, has done little to assuage the discontent among the player base.

The discontent extends further to the significant in-game advantages afforded to Unheard Edition owners. While previous editions offered minor bonuses, the Unheard Edition boasts expanded inventory space, enhanced starting skills, and a unique perk where AI scavs refrain from attacking players with high reputation levels with Fence. Critics argue that these bonuses tilt the game towards a "pay-to-win" model, giving Unheard Edition owners an unfair advantage, particularly at the beginning of a game wipe.

The backlash has been so pronounced that all but three channels on the official Escape From Tarkov Discord server have been temporarily muted, preventing users from posting. Additionally, moderators on the game's subreddit have relaxed rules to allow multiple posts on the same topic, reflecting the widespread discontent.

Despite mounting pressure and speculation of potential legal action from fans, Battlestate Games has remained silent on the matter, with no official response issued at the time of writing. However, with the negative sentiment intensifying and competitor games such as Gray Zone Warfare garnering positive attention, many fans are eagerly awaiting a resolution to the ongoing controversy.


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Abhimannu is a PC esports writer at AFK Gaming. With over seven years of experience in esports journalism, he has worked on a myriad of games and their ecosystems including Valorant, Overwatch and Apex Legends.