The Flea Market has re-opened in Escape From Tarkov, but other traders remain missing as players continue to pay a huge extortion fee set by a mysterious figure called Lightkeeper.
Players were tasked with paying over 1.3trillion roubles to bring back traders and the Flea Market, and today (April 30) players have paid 790billion roubles – over half of Lightkeeper’s asking fee.
In what looks to be a sign of goodwill, paying so much of the fee has returned the Flea Market to Escape From Tarkov – though every other trader in the game is still missing.
— Battlestate Games (@bstategames) April 29, 2022
“I, myself don’t want to reveal my identity yet but we can talk about all that stuff [in] a little bit. We got the permission as soon as he received a certain sum of money so now Flea Market is open again. But for other trading methods we are waiting for a different sum of money.”
Likewise, a message log posted by COO Nikita Buyanov says “I saw you payed LK a part of [his] sum and Ragman opened Flea again. Good work. Still a lot to gather though,” and warned that “times are changing. Be careful.”
When the remaining sum of Lightkeeper’s fee is paid, it’s likely that all existing traders will return – though it’s also possible that Lightkeeper will also become an in-game trader.