Battlefield 2042 continues to be a major talking point to a lot of gamers, with a big open beta coming soon and the big Technical Playtest now underway, the latter of which has led to plenty of talk surrounding the heavily-anticipated Hazard Zone mode.
Fans had speculated on Hazard Zone being the free-to-play spin-off for Battlefield 2042, similar to how Warzone spun out of Modern Warfare (2019), or a battle royale mode like Firestorm in Battlefield V but the mode appears to be something else.
Battlefield 2042’s Hazard Zone Inspired by Escape From Tarkov
As the title of the article suggests, Battlefield 2042’s Hazard Zone appears to be inspired by Escape From Tarkov, a hardcore multiplayer shooter where players must reach an extraction point while collecting loot and fighting off both real-life players and AI bots.
Should you die before reaching the main extraction point or one of the optional ones that get unlocked via various tasks, you lose all the loot and have to start from the beginning.
Temporyal, known for data mining previous Battlefield games, has confirmed that Hazard Zone in Battlefield 2042 plays similarly to Escape From Tarkov, stating that players will have to collect intel from data drives and crashed satellites but are left to their own devices once it starts, finding loot along the way and losing them should they die.
When exploring the area and trying to survive, players can find various places with ammo and supplies for some relief and various uplinks that let them call a Ranger (Robot Dog) or an HDT Storm (SUV) to make battling through the field a bit easier.
If facing the threats of real-life players wasn’t enough, Hazard Zone also has AI players and might even have bosses to defeat as optional objectives. Many people might consider this mode to be similar to games like Hades and that’s far from a bad thing, especially if it increases the game’s replayability.
Battlefield 2042 will be coming to the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC on October 22.