- In the Hazard Zone, join a squad of four to locate and retrieve data discs scattered across the battlefield.
- Fight against enemy squads of players and the occupying forces controlled by AI.
- Collect the engines, then choose when to retrieve them before the storm ravages the area.
As the November 19 release date is fast approaching, Battlefield 2042 has just opened the curtain on its new Hazard Zone game mode, which will coexist with the previously announced game features, All-Out Warfare and Battlefield Portal.
To set the stage for this regime, it’s important to dive into history. Battlefield 2042 for a while. The massive power outage destroyed most of the world’s satellites, leaving countries like the United States and Russia unable to observe each other from the air. The solution is to create temporary LEO satellites that can quickly collect data and then return to the surface – that’s where you come in.
In the Hazard Zone, you will be part of a small squad of four tasked with locating and retrieving these data discs that are scattered across the battlefield – these will be the seven-card maps available in All-Out Warfare – and you “i I will do this by fighting opposing units with the same goal. And it’s not just about trying to be the first team to eject the data disks; it is also an opportunity to reach the extraction point with your collection before a violent storm enters the area, destroying everyone.
During the match, there will be two time-limited retrieval opportunities that will occur at different locations and at different intervals. There will also be an AI-controlled occupation force that will try to protect the data disks from all teams. The key point here is that your goal is not to eliminate the other team, but to first collect the data disks and then get out of there.
Success, as you may have guessed, lies in surviving and successfully retrieving data discs along with your squad. Your reward will be determined by the Hazard Zone metagame, which assigns a value to the number of data collectors you retrieve, which will then be converted into a special Hazard Zone currency called Dark Market Credits.
These Dark Market Credits can be used to purchase and equip weapons, gadgets, and tactical upgrades specific to the danger zone mode – the better your gear, the better your chances of surviving the next round. There will currently be 15 tactical upgrades at launch that you can purchase with Dark Market Credits, such as faster healing, increased ammo, storage capacity, and more.
Another component of success will be the composition of your squad, which can consist of any available specialists, but cannot consist of more than one specialist. It is important to find a well-balanced group of four that can complement each other’s abilities, such as combining an Irish fortification system with Boris’s turret, or Kasper’s scout drone with Falck’s medical skills as two common examples. At the start there will be 10 specialists, five of which have already been disclosed (you can read more about them here). So, make sure you and your team are in agreement on how best to use these abilities together on the battlefield for the best chance of success.
Using tactical teamwork, quick thinking, and a bit of luck, Hazard Zone has what it takes to become a fantastic competitive game mode for players who prefer fast-paced tactical teamfight to the explosive chaos found on vast battlefields. other game modes, All-Out Warfare and Battlefield Portal.
Battlefield 2042 slated to launch November 19 for Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S, with Early Access going to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers with EA Play. Stay tuned for more on Xbox Wire as we have more details to share ahead of the release of one of the most anticipated shooters of the year.