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Battlefield 2042

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Ripple Effect Studios
Release Date: Nov. 19, 2021

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'Battlefield 2042' Unveils More Details About Its Hazard Zone Multiplayer Mode - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 14, 2021 @ 8:21 a.m. PDT

Battlefield 2042 is a groundbreaking first-person shooter set to revolutionize the modern multiplayer sandbox.

Powered by cutting-edge technology that pushes the capabilities of next generation hardware, the game drops players into a near-future, all-out-war experience that includes the franchise’s hallmark, game-changing destruction.

Featuring matches filled with up to 128 players and massive-scale maps on PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PCs (Xbox One and PS4 are capped at 64 players and reduced map sizes), this unprecedented scale adds a new dimension to multiplayer battles.

Battlefield 2042 also ups the action with the inclusion of real-time events that reshape the battlefield and tactical combat. All new weapons, vehicles and gadgets give players the freedom to be strategic and create jaw-dropping, only-in-Battlefield moments.

In Battlefield 2042, the world is on the brink. Shortages of food, energy and clean water have led to dozens of failed nations, creating the greatest refugee crisis in human history. Among these Non-Patriated, or No-Pats, are families, farmers, engineers - and even soldiers. Amidst this crisis, the United States and Russia draw the world into an all-out war. No-Pat Specialists join both sides, not fighting for a flag, but for the future of the Non-Patriated in this new world.

Players will jump into the boots of Specialists, an all-new type of playable soldier for the franchise. Inspired by the traditional four Battlefield classes, Specialists will be equipped with their own unique Specialist Trait and Specialty, and will have fully customizable loadouts. As a Specialist, players will have access to a cutting-edge arsenal of weapons, equipment and vehicles to use in battle. These powerful new tools give creative players a wealth of options as they find the perfect combination to fit their play style and outsmart and outgun opponents on the battlefield.

During the last few months we’ve shown you how Battlefield 2042 is enhancing the series’ All-Out-Warfare suite of classic modes and how we’re giving you the tools to build the Battlefield experience of your dreams with Battlefield Portal.

Today, we’re excited to dive into Battlefield Hazard Zone, a mode unlike anything we’ve done before, where you and your squad must scavenge for valuable resources as foes and cataclysmic storms close in. So strap in and get ready to deploy. Things are about to get intense.

Hazard Zone Within The World of 2042

In the year 2040, a worldwide event known as The Blackout has caused over 70% of satellites in orbit to malfunction and fall into the atmosphere. Communication, navigation, and surveillance were crippled, bringing an already tenuous relationship between the US and Russia to the edge of war.

In response, both countries have begun to use satellites equipped with capsules containing radiation-hardened Data Drives to collect important intelligence throughout the world. These capsules are dropped down into US/RUS controlled territories for the Occupying Forces to secure.

Such Data Drives are essential to No-Pats around the globe, providing them with valuable information to keep all No-Pats (including non-combatants) safe. And when necessary, the information can be sold to the Dark Market in return for supplies needed for survival.

This is where you come in.

In Battlefield Hazard Zone, you play as an Elite Task Force assigned to retrieve these critical Data Drives. You and your squad must locate, gather, and extract these drives before a storm overtakes the area in a high-stakes, one-life experience.

Every bullet, every skirmish, and every decision counts.

Navigating the Hazard Zone

In Hazard Zone, you need to get in, get the goods, and get out in one piece. Simple on paper. In execution, far more complicated and dangerous as you’ll contend with other players, Occupying Forces, and deadly storms.

To leave the Hazard Zone alive and reap the benefits of the Data Drives you’ve collected, teamwork will be crucial. 

Strategize & Equip

You’ll start each game of Hazard Zone at the Mission Area Briefing screen where you’ll see an overview of the mission area. Here you’ll find out which regions of the map have a higher probability for you to encounter Data Drives, enemies and Uplinks, which are your communication extension to HQ in requesting Call-ins. Venturing into areas where there’s low probability of foes is likely safer but you’ll find less Data Drives. For the big rewards, you’ll have to head into the heart of danger and come out the other side alive.

Using that briefing information you and your squad will then select your Specialists and Loadout. Every squad is composed of four unique Specialists, so you and your teammates will need to pick Specialists and Loadouts that complement one another if you’re to extract safely.  Using Dark Market Credits (DMC) earned in Battlefield Hazard Zone, you’ll be able to purchase your favorite weapons and equipment that can get you out of a tight spot.

If your pockets are full of DMC, you’ll be able to purchase and equip SMG’s, Assault Rifles, Sniper Rifles, and more. You can also buy throwables and equipment that will grant you a tactical advantage, like Medical and Ammo Crates, or Smoke Grenades capable of granting you a cover you can use to escape intense firefights. And let’s not forget the explosive recoilless M5, capable of punching a hole in enemy vehicles. But if you’re hard up for DMC, don’t worry, every Specialist will have access to a free attachment-less Assault Rifle as a starter weapon.

Alongside your equipment, you can also buy Tactical Upgrades that can drastically improve your chances of survival.

There are 15 Tactical Upgrades available at launch, and here’s a quick glimpse at some of them:

  • Extra Throwable - Carry +1 of your selected throwable Gadget.
  • Insider Information - Show the landing position of crashing capsules 30 seconds before they arrive.
  • Loadout Insurance - Reimburse 25% of upgrades and Loadout cost if you die.
  • Negotiated Bounty - +50% Dark Market Credits bounty when killing Opposing Forces
  • Quickdraw Holster - Swap between weapons 15% faster

As for the others, you’ll have to discover them for yourself when you play Hazard Zone.


After you deploy on the Landing Zone, you’ll use a scanner unique to Hazard Zone to search for the downed capsules containing the Data Drives. You’ll need to be cautious as multiple deadly obstacles can spring up in your way at any time. In addition to other No-Pat soldiers searching for Data Drives, AI-controlled Occupying Forces will be roaming the map and guarding the Data Drives, so be ready for a fight. But be careful: if you go down, your teammates can only bring you back under special circumstances.


As you make your way toward the Data Drives from satellite capsules that have fallen already, even more capsules will plunge to the earth as the match goes on. These capsules will contain more Data Drives than the ones that came before, so you and your squad will have to make the call on whether it’s worth the greater risk to pursue richer rewards.

At this point the hazards around you also increase as the storm that will overtake the area by the match’s end is growing further and becoming more dangerous by the minute.

Luckily, you’ll find several assets on the ground that can help you when enemies are closing in and picking off your squad one by one. Ammo stations are littered across the map and marked on your HUD, so you’ll always know where to go if you’re running low. Uplinks, randomly spawned collectible laptops, can also give you powerful abilities to help you turn the tide or even bring back the fallen squad members. Each Uplink is encoded with a particular Call-in - so keep an eye out for 3 different types available:

  • Support Uplink: Give your squad a Ranger Call-in
  • Vehicle Uplink: Give your squad a LATV4 Recon Call-in
  • Redeploy Uplink: Give your squad a squad redeploy Call-in.


The first extraction window opens up shortly after insertion at a random Extraction Zone. Once the location has been determined, you’ll have to hurry, as you will only have a short time to safely get onboard. Squads that are basing their Specialist composition on speed may have the edge when it comes to the first extraction, grabbing Data Drives and making a quick exit.

Once you arrive at the EZ (marked with green smoke) your squad will need to defend itself from the Occupying Forces and opposing Task Forces. But remember: you must get on the helicopter to extract. If one of your squadmates fails to board in time, they will miss the window and have to extract during the final extraction window.

Once the first extraction is complete, the storm begins to take full effect, making the map more dangerous. To make matters worse, you’ll only have one last attempt to extract.

During the final retrieval phase, most of the initial Data Drives have been retrieved by other teams of No-Pats, and you’ll be able to track these with your Data Drive Scanners.

But be aware, your foes are tracking you as well.

It’s your call. Do you hunt down the remaining squads for more Data Drives or focus on escaping?

As the storm approaches its peak, the final extraction window opens. This last extraction zone will force the remaining teams to battle over the last chance to leave. Any team that is left behind effectively loses the round and all Data Drives they have gathered to this point - lost to the storm.


Squads that successfully capture Data Drives and extract will be rewarded with DMC as well as a bonus dealt out to members based on their actions taken during the match, such as kills. The more Data Drives you extract, the higher the reward for your squad will be.

The more Data Drives you gather in a match of Hazard Zone, the more XP you gain for your overall level and Battlepass and the more DMC you collect to spend on equipment and upgrades during a future match.

If you’re on a hot streak and your Specialist extracts consecutively enough, you’ll earn an Extraction Streak marker tied to the chosen Specialist that will reduce the cost of weapons, equipment, and tactical items for that Specialist while you continue playing with them. However, if you fail to extract, that marker and all its benefits disappear until you earn another streak, so don’t get cocky, No-Pat. It’s a long fall. 

Battlefield 2042 includes 3 distinct multiplayer experiences:

  • All-Out Warfare - the next generation of fan-favorite modes Conquest and Breakthrough, featuring the largest maps ever for the franchise and for the first time, up to 128 players (on XSX, PS5 and PC). Experience the intensity of All-Out Warfare in large-scale battles like never before on maps filled with dynamic weather, dangerous environmental hazards and spectacular world events that see tornadoes rip across the map and sandstorms block out the sun.
  • Hazard Zone - an all-new, high-stakes, squad-based game-type for the Battlefield franchise that is a modern take on the multiplayer experience that is distinctly DICE but very different from All-Out Warfare’s Conquest or Breakthrough modes.
  • Portal Mode - A first for the Battlefield franchise, Battlefield Portal is a community-driven platform designed to offer a huge variety of imaginative experiences by giving players the tools to set their own rules and build their own definitive Battlefield experience - and share them with other people.

All Out Warfare launches with seven maps total. Let’s take a quick tour of those:

  • Kaleidoscope [Sogdo, South Korea] This cityscape features dense roadways and skyscrapers that can be explored, or if you’ve a wingsuit, leapt off. It’s here that a tornado that dwarves the glittering buildings will make its presence known.
  • Manifest [Brani Island, Singapore] Supply lines are under threat in this key location for global trade.
  • Orbital [Kourou, French Guiana] Players will battle in the shadow of a towering space rocket pad that’s counting down to an imminent launch. 
  • Discarded [Alang, India] Clash around, through and on top of massive ship hulks and the surrounding cranes.
  • Renewal [Eastern Desert, Egypt] Wrestle for control of an agriculture technology centre in the Egyptian Desert.
  • Hourglass [Doha, Qatar] An approaching sandstorm will shift the tide of war taking place at the heart of a city.
  • Breakaway [Queen Maud Land, Antarctica] From hot deserts to icy landscapes: oil and gas are the key resources being fought over here. Insert on the mountaintops with a wingsuit and you can dive into industrial buildings below.

Post launch, Battlefield 2042’s first year promises four seasons of content, bringing with them four new Specialists plus new locations. Each season is marked by a new Battle Pass. EA confirms that new locations will be accessible to all players.

Available now for pre-order, players will receive early access to the Open Beta and have three different editions to choose from, including the Battlefield 2042 Gold Edition for $89.99 on PC and $99.99 on console, or the Battlefield 2042 Ultimate Edition for $109.99 on PC or $119.99 on console.

Battlefield 2042 is coming to retail and digital storefronts for Xbox One, PS4 and PC ($59.99) and for Xbox Series X|S and PS5 ($69.99) on November 19, 2021.

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