How the different currencies, AI and player-driven trades affect the economy in Escape from Tarkov.
PC tactical shooter-MMO Escape from Tarkov will rely on many different factors to build up the in-game economy.
Speaking to Gamespot, developer Battlestate said that the different currencies can be used at traders, a flea market, and weekly auctions. These will be separate from real world currencies and will have their own exchange rates.
For AI traders, the dynamic nature of the game means their prices won’t always be the same. Another factor to consider is how they could also run out of money or get sick and die. This type of trader can be discovered by exploring, and depending on your relationship with them, prices will vary.
Players can also become traders themselves, opening their own shops. Human traders face similar challenges to their AI brethren, even down to how both pay taxes. In order to become a trader, you need to first reach several elite loyalty ranks with AI traders.
The flea market takes this a step further, by being a player-only market where they control prices. You can put an item for sale once every 24 hours. Auctions will take place once a week, allowing players to bid for items or list their own.
Battlestate recently detailed how alpha access is going to work. The Escape from Tarkov alpha will provide the first opportunity for the general public to try out the game for themselves.