Escape From Tarkov has been dealing with cheaters since the beginning, and some players have doubted whether Battlestate Games is serious about addressing the issue. In a recent patch, the studio introduced a new anti-cheat effort by offering compensation to players who report cheaters, essentially putting a bounty on them. Players will receive in-game currency as compensation for successful reports, with multiple successful reports resulting in combined compensation.

While the details of the compensation program are still unclear, this move shows that Battlestate Games is taking steps to combat cheating in the game. The effectiveness of this program in the long run remains to be seen, but it is a positive step in the right direction. This idea of offering bounties on cheaters is not entirely new, as it has been suggested by players in the past.

In addition to the anti-cheat efforts, the latest patch also brings changes to NPC AI in the game. AI-controlled PMCs will now be more aggressive, reactive, and communicative, making them more challenging for players to deal with. While most players see these changes as positive, there are concerns about the AI enemies being too good now.

Furthermore, the patch enables offline play for the PvE mode that was unveiled by Battlestate Games in April. This mode, which caused outrage among players when it was announced, will be available for purchase for all Escape From Tarkov owners once the game’s infrastructure is stable.

Overall, these updates show that Battlestate Games is actively working to improve the gaming experience for players and address issues like cheating. By offering bounties on cheaters and enhancing NPC AI, the studio is taking steps to make Escape From Tarkov a more fair and challenging game for its player base. It will be interesting to see how these changes impact the game in the long run and if they effectively reduce instances of cheating. Stay tuned for more updates on the game’s development and future updates.