Escape from Tarkov version 0.12.9 is launching this week, and gamers have been given some big news.

The game’s next wipe will be happening with the launch of the next patch, meaning that most character progression will be removed from the Tarkov servers.

The good news is that following this event; new customization options will be available for your character’s head and voice via the creation process.

Players can’t change the head or voice after a character has been created and you will be able to do it only after profile reset or wipe.

The Escape from Tarkov character wipe will mean losing levels and trader rep, as well as stash progress.

And the development team behind the hit shooter haven’t provided much time for gamers to get everything sorted for the new wipe.


Battlestate Games has confirmed that the next Escape from Tarkov wipe will be released on Thursday, December 24, 2020.

This will be part of the 0.12.9 patch launch, which will bring a number of changes to the game.

The Escape from Tarkov wipe time will begin at around 11am Moscow Time, which is 8am GMT in the UK.

Battlestate warns that it will take several hours for the new Tarkov update to be released and there could be an extension if needed.

“Tomorrow, at 11.00 Moscow time, we plan to start installing update 0.12.9. It will take about 4 hours, but can be extended if necessary,” Battlestate told fans today.

A big part of this week’s update will be the changes being made to the Woods map, including an increase in size and key locations.

There will also be a number of new weapons added to the game, along with gear to use with them.

The KRISS Vector SMG will become playable after this week’s patch, along with the SIG MCX Assault rifle, and UMP SMG. Full patch notes shared by the team can be found below and include key information on this week’s Escape from Tarkov update:

Added and changed:

  • “Woods” expansion.

  • Reworked PMC initial gear sets. 

  • Added customization of head and voice when creating character: for now it’s only two new heads for each faction added. You can’t change head and voice after the character is created. You will be able to do it only after profile reset or wipe. 

  • Added skill “Immunity”.

  • Reworked “Metabolism”.

  • Reduced the volume of steps and interaction with vegetation. 

  • Added chance to cause bleedings to the ammunition. Now some ammo can cause heavy or light bleeding more often than other rounds.

  • Now some face shields and glasses will reduce the time of blindness effect from flashbang rounds and grenades. 

  • Players will be receiving letters with a supply package for the first 7 days of playing. 

  • Added “All” button in the purchasing menu when buying from dealers via Flea market. Now you can select all available items with a single click. 

  • Filters in the W-List tab are now modified separately and do not affect other Flea market tabs. 

  • “Enter” button now confirms the action in most dialogue windows. 

  • Slot highlighting when dragging items in your inventory can now be turned off. 

  • Equipped armbands are now unlootable and can’t be lost upon death. 

  • The letter with the reward for the exit in cooperation with the scav will now come with a slight delay.  

  • Containers will apply restriction filters to mods installed on the transported object. I.e., putting a mount with a thermal sight installed on it into a secured container is no longer allowed.  

  • New equipment and clothing is added: PMC tops and bottoms, body armor, rigs, Smoke balaclava, and tops for the Scavs. 

  • Changed the characteristics of a large number of weapon mods. 

  • Simplified the Jaeger quests. 

  • Updated some quests: changed execution conditions, starting conditions, rewards. 

  • Reduced bonus of recoil reduction from the recoil control skill and weapon relates practical skills.

  • Now character overweight starts at 35 kg. Used to be 40.

  • Increased purchase limits for some ammo from dealers.

New weapons and ammunition:

  • KRISS Vector SMG in both 9х19 and .45. 

  • SIG MCX Assault rifle in .300 Blackout. 

  • UMP SMG in .45. 

  • Mk-18 mod 1 Mjölnir DMR in .338 LM. 

  • .300 blk, .338 Lapua Magnum ammunition.

  • Various new weapon mods.


  • Fixed bots hanging behind stationary weapons. 

  • Fixed a bug where Killa could not hear the enemies approaching from behind. 

  • Other various bot fixes and optimizations.



  • Aiming a GL40 with Reflex sights. 

  • The position of the character’s body when blind firing was not reset after opening the inventory. 

  • Blinding was imposed even if the player used a thermal imager. 

  • The stationary machine gun was removed from its mount if the player used it while in the blindfiring position. 

  • It was possible to use the tops and bottoms of the opposite faction. 

  • The nickname could not be changed if the new nickname was 15 characters long. 

  • The range value of the sight did not change immediately after alignment if the weapon had two sights on it. 

  • A duplicate weapon could hang behind the player’s back for a few seconds after changing weapons. 

  • Some pants had the equipped gun hanging outside the holster during the fitting on the Ragman service screen. 

  • The observer did not see the player checking the fire mode on his weapon. 

Weapon presets:

  • Failed to redeem all available items in the lot if the player attempted to purchase items over the limit. 

  • Failed to interact with the inventory in a raid if the player had previously disassembled the weapon via the context menu. 

  • When reactivating the exit with the hermetic door at the location Reserve, the siren stopped working earlier than it should have. 

  • The sensitivity while aiming down sights changed when putting and removing sights from the weapon. 

  • A character was performing a light grenade throw only by double-pressing the RMB. 

  • Uninformative message about the lack of space in the stash when transferring items from the letter on “Receive all”. 

  • The “Found in raid” status for the weapon would not update if you would put non-found in raid weapon mod on the gun. 

  • Incorrect information about the level of mastering in the weapon inspector. 

  • The price of 1 item decreased by 1 ruble if a player bought several of the same items from a dealer. 

  • The azimuth was missing if the player opened the pause menu with a compass in his hands. 

  • The camera could go through the body of another player. 

  • Missing messages in group chat. 

  • Various server errors. 

  • Various minor fixes. 

  • Various localization fixes. 

  • Various location fixes.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here