Will Battlefield 2042's Hazard Zone be free-to-play?

Battlefield 2042 Hazard Zone specialists exit a helicopter at the start of a match.
Credit: EA

Battlefield 2042 has all kinds of cool features, from Battlefield Portal and its enormous amount of potential for diverse gameplay to all manner of vehicles to drive, including the surprisingly powerful robot dog.

Hazard Zone is one of the modes we're most excited for though. Its Escape From Tarkov/Hunt: Showdown-esque gameplay is going to hopefully keep tension at a maximum and we're very excited to drop in with a big squad.

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However, with rumours that Hazard Zone would be free-to-play circling around, some are going to be disappointed.

Free-to-play is basically seen as a standard for most big-budget games in 2021. From Warzone to Halo Infinite, pretty much everyone has a way you can play for free so players can get hooked before they start paying.

However, it looks like Battlefield 2042's Hazard Zone will not be free-to-play. There was a rumour going around that Hazard Zone would be the free-to-play area for players to get their teeth into with friends, but a DIVE dev answered the question in a Discord Q&A.

We'll see if this turns out to be a good decision for EA DICE. We're excited about Hazard Zone, as it looks like a real switch up from the Battle Royale fare we're all used to, but if too few people get playing it, the free-to-play model could seem like a missed opportunity.

On the flip side, games like Warzone have struggled lately with cheating problems, and even Battlefield 2042's anti-cheat was cracked right away. We spoke to cheat providers and they're confident they can keep churning out cheats as quickly as devs can spot them, so it isn't a problem that can really go away with a new anti-cheat system. With a price tag on the game though, cheating becomes a whole lot more risky - banned players will have to invest another big wedge of cash in the game to get back on track.

Who knows, maybe Hazard Zone being part of the full Battlefield 2042 game could be the best thing to happen to it.