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Escape From Tarkov teases new airdrop event with next wipe imminent

It looks like the next Escape From Tarkov wipe is almost here, with a new teaser from Battlestate Games teasing another airdrop event for the tactical shooter.

Escape From Tarkov pre-wipe airdrop event: a man holding a gun in front of a radar screen

If you’re looking forward to the next Escape From Tarkov wipe, you’ll be pleased to know that it looks like another Escape From Tarkov pre-wipe airdrop event is on the way. How do we know this? Well, Escape From Tarkov developer Battlestate Games has just shared an image teasing this event that’s almost identical to an image shared exactly a year ago (well, one day from being a year ago) teasing the same thing. With this being one of the best competitive FPS games out there, albeit a little different from the likes of Counter-Strike 2 and Valorant, this could be the perfect time to jump in and prepare for the next major update.

On Monday June 19, 2023, at around 03:20 PST /06:20 EST / 11:20 BST, Battlestate Games shared an image of a green radar with 16 planes on it. With two of the planes labelled “IL-76MD-90A”, which is the same designation used for the airdrop planes in-game, it’s safe to say that this teaser is hinting that another airdrop event is coming to Escape From Tarkov.

If you’re wondering what an airdrop event is, it’s basically going to be the best chance to get your hands on some of the best gear in EFT before the wipe. As Tarkov veterans will know, an airdrop only ever shows up in the latter stages of a raid – and, you’re not even guaranteed to see one at all when you play. So, when one does drop – and there is only ever one of them – it’s a bit of a hotspot for firefights. Offering up some valuable loot, they’re almost always hotly contested. As you might imagine, this makes getting your hands on whatever is inside a tough task.

However, during an airdrop event, you should expect to see quite a few more in each raid – which makes it a little easier to get your hands on the loot inside. While we don’t think there will be 16 airdrops, as the teaser image suggests, you should find plenty more opportunities to get your hands on some great gear ahead of the next wipe – which we’re expecting to see before the end of June 2023.

EFT pre-wipe airdrop event: the latest green radar teaser

Interestingly, this isn’t the first airdrop event – as Tarkov veterans will know. On June 20, 2022, Battlestate Games shared an almost identical image of a radar with several planes – some sharing the same designation as the airdrop plane – online. So, while it would be nice to see Tarkov do something a little different this time around, it looks like this will be another airdrop event for players to enjoy – and, we don’t think it’ll be the last either.

EFT pre-wipe airdrop event: the old radar post from 2022

Right now, we don’t know which one of the Escape From Tarkov maps this airdrop event is going to appear. Although, there’s nothing to say that it won’t could appear on multiple maps, either. However, what we do know is that EFT players should go into these things expecting the unexpected – as much as possible, anyway. Battlestate Games is known to surprise players on occasion, after all.

If you’re thinking of checking out this extraction shooter, now would really be the perfect time to get to grips with what’s going on ahead of the wipe – which is when you can really start cutting your teeth. This Escape From Tarkov beginner’s guide should get you started, but diving in head first isn’t a bad way to find out what it’s like either.