Following many teases and some leaks, EA and DICE have now formally announced Battlefield 2042‘s Hazard Zone mode, and it is not a battle royale (but also it sort of is).
In Hazard Zone, you play in a four-member squad and your objective is to local and retrieve data drives that have fallen from satellites. As you battle AI combatants, and other human players trying to achieve the same goal, you’ll be searching the terrain for such drives.
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DICE says Hazard Zone is not a battle royale mode, as the objective is not strictly to kill other players but to escape with as many drives as possible.
There are two time-limited extraction opportunities during the match, and the extraction points are located on different parts of the map. Your team and you can choose to either leave mid-match for the first extraction or to wait until the end of the match for the final one. Although it is more risky to wait, you will have more time to collect drives and reap the greater rewards. Two squads of players will survive, or none.
Hazard Zone supports 24 players on PS4 and Xbox One and 32 players on PS5/Xbox Series X|S and PC, so that works out to six teams of four and eight teams of four depending on the platform. For a team to win, one player must survive and extract.
Hazard Zone has a meta-game element, too. Each drive has a value, and you can collect Dark Market Credits, which are Hazard Zone-specific currency. These credits can be used to purchase weapons, gadgets and upgrades prior to matches.
Hazard Zone uses all seven maps from Battlefield 2042’s All-Out Warfare mode, and another thing to note is that each squad cannot have more than one of the same specialist character. You can also bring players back to the match if they are killed by a revive system that your team can buy.
This just scratches the surface of what Hazard Zone is all about. Be sure to read DICE’s full blog post to learn lots more about Hazard Zone.
Hazard Zone is the third pillar of Battlefield 2042’s multiplayer-only structure, the other two elements being All-Out Warfare and the map-making suite Portal. Following a delay, Battlefield 2042 launches on November 19. For more, check out some stats from the 2042 open beta.