Patch notes for Escape From Tarkov’s upcoming 12.7 update have been issued, revealing an array of exciting changes and additions to the game, from new weapons and enemies to a significant expansion to the Customs map, as revealed at the PC Gaming Show last month.  

The largest change by far is a major expansion to one of Tarkov’s oldest maps, Customs. The new expansion is set to increase the size of the map by around 30 percent by opening up a new section south of the construction area, as well as unlocking several previously inaccessible buildings. One of Tarkov’s greatest strengths has always been its impeccably detailed environments, and this new area looks no different, full of crumbling industrial infrastructure, scattered with broken buildings and heavy weaponry. It should breathe some life into Customs, a map which previously suffered from an overabundance of campers due to a lack of safe routes in and out of common loot areas. 

Customs isn’t the only map set to receive changes with this patch, as Shoreline is set to have a new scav boss, Sanitar. Found lurking in the health resort, cottage and pier areas of the map, Sanitar is a former doctor, and he uses his skills to heal himself and other AI scavs (the common enemies found lurking across Tarkov), as well as buffing their combat performance with a variety of new combat stims. Players will also gain access to these new stims, although some will have potentially devastating side effects. The new “obdolbos cocktail” will, for example, give you massively enhanced sprint and jump speeds, but will also give you a pain debuff that will last the rest of the raid.

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AI scavs will also get a major upgrade to their programming: they’ll now group up and storm players, rather than stand around making themselves easy sniper targets. AI scavs will also loot dead bodies, including those of players they kill, potentially meaning that players running high tier gear could be mobbed by AI, who will then pick up said gear and use their new toys against other players. This change could lead to some wild interactions, as scavs who were previously easy pickings will now be able to cooperate and upgrade their gear throughout a raid, potentially transforming even the most pathetic scav into a serious opponent.

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