Battlefield 2042's Hazard Zone revealed in new trailer

One of Battlefield 2042's three primary modes, Hazard Zone tasks squads with retrieving sensitive data from fallen satellites while battling AI enemies and human-controlled enemy squads.

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Earlier today, EA and DICE formally unveiled the newest game mode for the upcoming Battlefield 2042, dubbed Hazard Zone. This new mode looks to mix up elements seen in titles like Escape From Tarkov and Hunt: Showdown. Player squads will battle it out with up to seven additional enemy squads and a host of AI-controlled combatants in an attempt to secure sensitive data from crashed satellites. The studio prepared an all-new trailer to offer fans a glimpse at Hazard Zone ahead of Battlefield 2042’s launch in November.

The official synopsis from EA explains the setup for Hazard Zone: 

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.

Hazard Zone will support up to 24 total players on PS4 and Xbox One consoles. PC, PS5, and Xbox Series S|X owners will be able to participate in matches with up to 32 total combatants. Each squad must select a set of four unique operators before deployment into the field of battle. There are no respawns and any squad that fails to extract receives no reward.

Upon successful extraction with the satellite data, quads will earn Dark Market Credits. These credits are used between rounds to purchase specialized weapons, attachments, and passive boosts known as Tactical Upgrades. The passives include bonuses such as faster weapon swaps, increased carrying capacity, teammate revives, and more. There will be more than twenty Tactical Upgrades at launch with the possibility for more in the future.

EA and DICE will be sharing more details on Hazard Zone as the Battlefield 2042 launch approaches. In the meantime, keep checking in with us here at Shacknews for all the latest on the biggest game releases of the upcoming holiday season.

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    October 14, 2021 2:55 PM

    Chris Jarrard posted a new article, Battlefield 2042's Hazard Zone revealed in new trailer

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      October 14, 2021 8:07 AM

      Battlefield 2043 Hazard Zone

      https://youtu.be/nkMiPwL8G1w

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        October 14, 2021 8:13 AM

        ok that looks pretty cool

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          October 14, 2021 11:05 AM

          It does! That free for all squad gameplay sounds fun, and I can’t wait to be a sniping shitbag on those cargo cranes.

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        October 14, 2021 8:15 AM

        i'm interested, but not "buy on release date" interested after that beta.

        maybe they'll realize they need to go F2P with this to compete.

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          October 14, 2021 8:17 AM

          oh fuck that F2P would make me not want to play it at all

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            October 14, 2021 8:50 AM

            obviously there's a downside, but BF is on life support from where i'm sitting. two mediocre releases and an extremely underwhelming beta setting up a strike 3.

            BF games need huge player bases to work properly. i don't think they'll have enough paying customers for this not to be firestorm 2.0.

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              October 14, 2021 8:50 AM

              derp i meant "BR games need huge player bases"

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              October 14, 2021 9:29 AM

              What 2 mediocre releases? Bf1 was awesome and BFV was alright. Both sold extremely well and still have tons of players.

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                October 14, 2021 9:38 AM

                hmm i seem to recall BFV didn't sell well, but apparently i was mistaken: https://vgsales.fandom.com/wiki/Battlefield

                i must've been projecting.

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                  October 14, 2021 3:42 PM

                  I mean relatively speaking it’s not bad but that is an insane fall off from BF1 25M to 7.4M. There was a high level exec that lost their job over the backlash/poor sales IIRC

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            October 14, 2021 10:04 AM

            Free to play has had some better experienced lately. Warzone and even Apex Legends are pretty good examples of free to play where you really don’t get hit by a pay to win mechanic.

            Apex has pay for some heroes, but if you play often enough, you can earn the in game currency to get them.

            Warzone has had a few instances where buying the battle pass gives you quicker access to a ‘meta’ gun, but even that has been relatively insignificant.

            Warzone has been insane value for me.

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              October 14, 2021 10:05 AM

              I’m not saying it can’t be done OK, but I don’t like it.

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                October 14, 2021 10:29 AM

                Long time BF fan, a F2P offering is probably the only thing that would get me to try it again at this point.

                If it under-performs, maybe they'll consider it. I imagine they'll just do a big discount around xmas to move more units as usual.

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        October 14, 2021 8:17 AM

        Looks interesting. We'll see at release.

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        October 14, 2021 8:17 AM

        Looks like they might be at least considering some big changes based on feedback, more to come next week I think, or later this week.

        https://i.redd.it/ffbsnb4grat71.jpg

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          October 14, 2021 8:25 AM

          This is something they should have been asking players after a beta test a year ago, or more. Not a month before launch lmao.

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          October 14, 2021 8:34 AM

          On one hand I like being able to choose whatever gun I want and I like the idea of gadgets in general but it was impossible to know who has ammo, health, rockets, etc. It made for very VERY confusing skins between friendlies and enemies as well, readability was zero and half the time I would mag dump into a player before the damn game could mark them as a friendly because ALL LOOK SAME. Then again classes in BF4 were easy to identify and people would spam ammo crates/health crates all round long unlike the shit show that was this current beta. I would say a mix between the two, lock in gadgets AND utility for the classes but allow access to any of the guns.

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            October 14, 2021 9:30 AM

            There was an ammo icon on players that carried ammo packs and a cross icon for people carrying a medic pack. Not as easy to tell but it was not impossible to tell.

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        October 14, 2021 8:31 AM

        Are there any details to go with this? Like how many players / squads, match length / scoring / win condition, respawning or single life etc?

        Trailer doesn't really explain anything beyond a few general bulletpoints.

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          October 14, 2021 8:49 AM

          32 players in 8 squads. Match length 5-20 minutes depending. Win condition being one of the two squads who extract. Respaqns can happen with special equipment that can be brought in or found in match. Single life otherwise.

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        October 14, 2021 8:36 AM

        Feel like the TTK is way too low for any kind of survival mode.

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          October 14, 2021 8:38 AM

          Yeah, but I'm sure squad revives still a thing (even without a real medic), and there could be armored loadouts or pickups for all we know to increase ttk. Can't find any details.

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            October 14, 2021 9:09 AM

            Well, no armor from what I could see, but a screenshot does show a big ol riot shield for one of the dudes.

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          October 14, 2021 9:05 AM

          super fast TTK hasn't stopped like any survival game from working

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            October 14, 2021 9:28 AM

            Well, BFs own BR was pretty awful because of it. You die quickly, and your squad couldn't up you.

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              October 14, 2021 12:17 PM

              This was the norm until Warzone popularized respawning into a BR 14 times in a match.

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                October 14, 2021 12:58 PM

                I'd say APEX innovated that approach, Warzone just baked it into the core gameplay loop by giving you one free attempt at respawn with the gulag system.

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                October 15, 2021 6:28 AM

                Nah Apex did it. The Hunt does it even if that isn't exactly a BR.

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                  October 15, 2021 6:39 AM

                  Also it makes BRs enjoyable. Firestorm was a shit show because you would die in a few hits, and just another couple of hits while you're downed to put you out permanently. That isn't enjoyable at all.

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          October 14, 2021 8:57 AM

          I see where the Tarkov comparisons come from.

          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.

          Loadout Insurance - Reimburse 25% of upgrades and Loadout cost if you die.
          Negotiated Bounty - +50% Dark Market Credits bounty when killing Opposing Forces


          I'm not a big fan of BR modes but this makes it even less appealing to me.

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            October 14, 2021 9:03 AM

            Sounds baller af to me.

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              October 14, 2021 9:16 AM

              I get that people are going to dig this. BR just isn't my thing but I can appreciate that they are mixing/matching mechanics in interesting ways. It adds a bit more depth by tracking steady progress and having an economy behind it all. Now I'm really interested in what Portal will offer, sounds like we can create whatever we want on custom servers with what I hope are all these tools..

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              October 14, 2021 9:55 AM

              To be fair you are the king of BR on the shack without equal.

              Do you also dig the normal BF games though like conquest and rush, and just happen to exceed in BR games?

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                October 14, 2021 10:35 AM

                Yeah. I love all competitive FPS games. But in my defense I e been playing games since I was 3 and competitive pvp fps games since counter-strike beta and starsiege tribeswhich both came out in '98.

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          October 14, 2021 8:58 AM

          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.

          wtf?

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            October 14, 2021 9:52 AM

            Premium credits, baby!

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              October 14, 2021 12:57 PM

              They aren't purchasable with cash, only can be gained in game. Only apply to HZ content and only can be earned through HZ content. Just a type of economy to provide more reasons for playing other than just to play.

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                October 14, 2021 1:04 PM

                This is EA we’re talking about. Brought in the FIFA head guy to monetize BF. I’m not putting anything past them at this point.

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        October 14, 2021 9:01 AM

        Jackfrags details video will actually tell you something about the gameplay:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRte9Q147z4

        Why don't companies just give you this info in the trailer? Nothing about that trailer told me anything about the details of the gameplay.

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        October 14, 2021 9:03 AM

        Basically Hunt: Showdown and Tarkov, but in the Battlefield universe.

        Can't say I'm that interested. Maybe if you can earn some really cool cosmetics that you can use in the base game, I will give it a try... but Hunt and Tarkov were just too hardcore for me.

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        October 14, 2021 9:26 AM

        I gotta say, these trailers lose a lot of their impact when you know the state of the actual game. It just makes it seem sadder.

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          October 14, 2021 9:29 AM

          What’s the state of the “actual game”?

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            October 14, 2021 10:03 AM

            Did you miss the beta?

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              October 14, 2021 10:05 AM

              Is that the actual game? They have been very clear that is it not.

              Do you have info saying otherwise?

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                October 14, 2021 10:19 AM

                until they delay the game by 6mo, no.

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                October 14, 2021 10:21 AM

                I forgot who posted it here but EA/Dice were saying the beta is an older build, but someone dug into the files and found some that were dated in September, so that might not be that old, and it might be close to the final product.

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                October 14, 2021 10:33 AM

                The core game experience is a mess. Not something they can fix in 4 months (assuming the beta is 3 months old).

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                  October 14, 2021 10:37 AM

                  this keeps amusing me, folks asserting they know what the final game looks like when they have not played the final game

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                    October 14, 2021 10:52 AM

                    It's not a total shot in the dark or anything, if you played the previous 'betas' and games you should know what to expect by now. More content, minor differences.

                    Of the last handful, BF1's beta was probably most polished and so was the final game. Still not stellar. This one is a fucking hot mess by comparison. Not just the state of the beta, but when you add in the state of DICE post-BFV after the departures, all the poor decisions they made during that game's lifespan, the odd choices with this one as well, it would be borderline delusional to expect a solid final product.

                    Not that miracles can't happen. It only took BF4 a year and a hand-off to another studio for its miraculous turnaround! Fingers crossed!

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                      October 14, 2021 10:55 AM

                      Sure, it might be crap, but all the people projecting what it “will be” is fun to watch. Trashing battlefield games as “ruined” months before release without any first hand knowledge is the oddest internet fetish.

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                        October 14, 2021 11:02 AM

                        It's based on experience. Did you not play BF4 or BF5 at launch?

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                          October 14, 2021 11:05 AM

                          Yep, and (shocking I know) I had fun. Regardless of whether dice had "ruined battlefield forever" for the 4th or 5th time.

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                            October 14, 2021 11:47 AM

                            The netcode was not exceptable in BF4 for the first few months. 10hz made it feel like molasses.

                            We need to have some minimum standards here.

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                            October 14, 2021 1:04 PM

                            You can have fun, whatever dude. What people are saying is that for the last few iterations the betas have in some form represented the final product even if the build is old. This isn’t complicated.

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                    October 14, 2021 12:35 PM

                    Denial is not just a river

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                October 14, 2021 10:53 AM

                How many DICE betas have you played before? Most of the bugs and core game play is usually pretty close to the launch quality.

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                  October 14, 2021 10:57 AM

                  Every single one, and still had fun with every single one when the game finally launched.

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                    October 14, 2021 11:04 AM

                    Most fun was probably BF4 when the building collapse in Shanghai brought down whole entire servers, crashing many users.

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                    October 14, 2021 12:36 PM

                    Now you're gonna pretend that almost every Battlefield game launch isn't full of jank? And you say you've played them all?

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                      October 14, 2021 12:51 PM

                      Never said that, I said I had fun (tons of fun)

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            October 14, 2021 10:07 AM

            Rough? I know seeing after seeing all the animations on display in action, all the fancy unique flourishes in these staged in-engine promos don't even come close. It's like way beyond bullshot level stuff.

            Would be less disparity if they just went full CG render with these trailers as most companies do. At least then there would be no dispute that it's not real, instead they try to make you believe the actual game might look this good in motion when it's not even close. If the game had a single player campaign, the animations during cutscenes probably wouldn't even look as good as some of this stuff they're pretending will be in the mp.

            They can't win either way, though. People would complain if the promos weren't in-engine, too.

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            October 14, 2021 2:55 PM

            I would call it a state of denial.

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        October 14, 2021 9:32 AM

        Harzard Zone.

        War zone

        See what they are doing?

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        October 14, 2021 9:35 AM

        Here's a plain english explanation - https://www.reddit.com/r/battlefield2042/comments/q7srkl/tom_henderson_basically_leaked_the_hazard_zone/

        TLDR - you get in-game credits for retrieving the drives, which can be used to buy upgrades. You fight against AI protecting the hard drives, and other squads trying to get them, presumably.

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        October 14, 2021 10:14 AM

        I'll just leave this here.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC-ifrf3wig

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          October 14, 2021 10:19 AM

          Hahahaha

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          October 14, 2021 12:49 PM

          "Innovative Gameplay, Absolutely Stunning Perspective! 5/7" - BF2042 Defense Squad.

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          October 14, 2021 1:28 PM

          No...nono...nonono...nononono bhahahahaha

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        October 14, 2021 11:55 AM

        Bullshot : The Trailer.

        Except what do you call it when it's the gameplay being faked?

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        October 14, 2021 11:57 AM

        Here's the upgrades you can get - https://i.redd.it/eewaq3vpoft71.png

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        October 14, 2021 1:17 PM

        Battlefield 2042 (BETA) vs Battlefield 4 | Direct Comparison - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_SDEdSSQqI

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          October 14, 2021 1:42 PM

          Gopd breakdown of the specialist / class stuff and the issues that come with those decisions in there.

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          October 14, 2021 2:08 PM

          I wish we could tone down the orange/gray filter of BF4. It would look much better. The colors in 2042 are much better.

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          October 14, 2021 2:19 PM

          Weird.I tried destroying some trees during the beta and was not successful.

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        October 14, 2021 2:29 PM

        So FFA (per squad) CTF. Sounds fun to me as long as it's not 'you only get one life and then watch the rest of the game' bullshit. Just let me respawn and have fun.

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          October 14, 2021 2:33 PM

          What happens when I die?

          You’ll be able to spectate your squad from the sidelines, hoping they can bring you back by finding a Redeploy Uplink in case no Squad Redeploy Call-in was bought before insertion.

          https://www.ea.com/games/battlefield/battlefield-2042/news/battlefield-briefing-exploring-battlefield-hazard-zone

          Oh so it's literally just Warzone. If I wanted to play Warzone I'd just go play Warzone. Which I don't do because it's not actually that fun.

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            October 15, 2021 3:54 AM

            I agree, this sounds lame :(

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          October 15, 2021 7:55 AM

          I just hope you are not playing against people who can have better equipment than you because they have been playing 15 hours a day since launch.

          Gun unlocks, ok. That's always been part of BF. Armor and ammo levels... no fucking thanks.

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      October 15, 2021 3:53 AM

      The whole specialist nonsense really has turned me off from this game, just put back regular classes to encourage team play please

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