Battlestate Games and the long-awaited online survival title, Escape From Tarkov, are preparing for the upcoming launch of Closed Beta with a special Extended Alpha event that will see a fresh wave of testers invited alongside a huge selection of exciting new features. The announcement comes via a Facebook post where developers Battlestate Games informed the Escape From Tarkov community of their plans for the Extended Alpha event:

What does that mean? It means that testing is drawing near to the Closed Beta, entering a new, more advanced stage, a lot of new features are introduced to the game, and it becomes technically more polished. And most importantly – even more pre-order package owners will be granted the access to testing!Battlestate Games

Alongisde an extension to the current Alpha testing period players can expect the following new features:

  • A new raid location, the Woods – wide open spaces, dense forest vegetation, entirely new tactics and game experience;
  • Weapon failure and repair system;
  • Ability to create groups for going into raids together;
  • Improved game physics;
  • Ceaseless work on performance optimization and troubleshooting of existing issues;
  • Everything that has been done to this point in Alpha, including completely operational networking, trade, leveling, inventory management etc.;
  • Absolute ABOLITION of the Alpha materials publication restrictions. Yes, from this point onwards you are free to stream, make videos and screenshots of the game and share them.

Source: Press Release