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Battlefield 2042 Hazard Zone revealed: Gameplay, Tactical Upgrades & player count

Battlefield 2042’s Hazard Zone mode has been revealed, so here’s everything you need to know about the Escape from Tarkov-inspired mode.



Battlefield 2042 hazard zone artwork

DICE have officially revealed Hazard Zone, the final Battlefield 2042 multiplayer experience. This tactical mode will see teams fight to extract, so here’s everything you need to know about 2042’s Escape from Tarkov-inspired mode. 

Almost everything about Battlefield 2042 has been revealed ahead of its November 5 launch, with All-Out Warfare and Portal being officially announced. And we’ve even had the chance to play in the Beta and try out the weapons and Specialists

However, there was one mode left under wraps – Hazard Zone. This was finally revealed on October 14, showing off the all-new tactical, squad-based mode for Battlefield 2042.

Here’s everything you need to know about Hazard Zone in Battlefield 2042. 

What is Battlefield 2042 Hazard Zone? 

Battlefield 2042 hazard zone details

Battlefield 2042’s Hazard Zone drops four-man squads into the map with one goal in mind, finding Data Drives and extracting. 

DICE confirmed that Battlefield 2042 won’t feature a battle royale at launch, and while the two modes share similarities, Hazard Zone is something different. Fans of Escape from Tarkov will be familiar with the concept, but DICE have given the mode its own Battlefield twist. 

The main difference is that in Hazard Zone, “Your objective is not to kill, but to extract out of the Hazard Zone alive with as many Data Drives as possible.” The team that escapes with the most drives wins. 

Battlefield 2042 Hazard Zones gameplay

Battlefield 2042 hazard zone gameplay

Hazard Zone is a more hardcore version of Battlefield 2042’s multiplayer experience, so there will be some unique rules in place.

Two time-limited extraction zones will spawn on the map at different times and locations, and you’ll need to make it there with your collected Data Drives. If you’re killed or fail to extract, you’ll lose all of your Data Drives. Expect these zones to be contested when time is running out, so be prepared to fight.

If you manage to extract with Data Drives, these will be turned into Dark Matter Credits, Hazard Zones currency, where you can purchase weapons, Gadgets, and Tactical Upgrades. 

Death is also a lot more final than All-Out Warfare. If you’re downed, you can be revived by your teammates, but you can also fully die, where you’ll be forced to the spectator screen. Death isn’t completely final though, as teammates can use a “Reinforcement Uplink” to respawn you. These are either found during the match or can be bought with Dark Matter Credits ahead of the round. 

Battlefield 2042 Hazard Zone map

Kaleidoscope map in battlefield 2042

Rather than receiving its own separate battle royale-style map, Hazard Zone will be played on the All-Out Warfare maps, such as Orbital and Hourglass. 

There’s no confirmation on how the maps will be adapted for Hazard Zone, but there will be two extraction zones spawning during the round that you must head towards if you have any hope of winning. If you fail to extract on time, a storm will turn the map into a ‘no fly zone,’ and you won’t be able to escape with their scavenged data drives. 

Battlefield 2042 Hazard Zone player count 

Battlefield 2042 Hourglass map

Hazard Zone on the Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, and PC will support 32 players, and the Xbox One and PS4 versions will have 24 players

With DICE’s confirmation that Hazard Zone will support fewer players on old-gen consoles, Xbox One and PS4 players will likely be playing Hazard Zone on the condensed versions of the All-Out Warfare maps.

Battlefield 2042 Hazard Zone Tactical Upgrades 

Battlefield 2042 specialists

Extracting with Data Drives rewards you with Dark Matter Credits, which you can use to purchase weapons, Gadgets, and Tactical Upgrades ahead of the match. 

There are 15 Tactical Upgrades at launch, so here’s every Tactical Upgrade in Battlefield 2042 Hazard Zone: 

  • Starting Armor: Start with +20 armor (free)
  • Negotiated Bounty 1: 50% additional credits for kills on occupying forces (free)
  • Squad Reinforcement: Reinforcement Uplink that can bring back killed squadmates Can only be used once!
  • Data Storage: Data Drive carry capacity increased by +2. 
  • Biometric Scanning: Spot enemies for 50% longer. 
  • Ammo Increase I: Additional +1 magazine for primary weapon. 
  • Ammo Increase II: Additional +2 magazine for primary weapon. 
  • Throwable Increase I: Increase carried Throwables by +1.
  • Throwable Increase II: Increase carried Throwables by +2.
  • Quickdraw Holster: Switch weapons +15% faster. 
  • Loadout Insurance: Should you fall in battle, reimburses 50% of Loadout and Tactical Upgrade costs. 
  • Faster Healing I: Heal 20% faster. 
  • Faster Healing II: Heal 50% faster. 
  • Insider Information: Reveal Data Capsule drop locations 30 seconds before they land. 
  • Table Deal: 100% additional credits reward for extracted Data Drives. 

Is Battlefield 2042 Hazard Zone free-to-play? 

There were early rumors that Hazard Zone might be a free-to-play mode for Battlefield 2042, but this doesn’t appear to be the case. 

Leaker Tom Henderson said that he “was told from the beginning that [Battlefield 2042] will have a F2P element and Hazard Zone is the most likely one to be it.” However, DICE haven’t said anything that teases or confirms Hazard Zone being free-to-play. 

Battlefield 2042 Hazard Zone trailer 

You can check out the full reveal trailer for Battlefield 2042’s Hazard Zone here. 

And that’s everything you need to know about Battlefield 2042’s Hazard Zone mode!

For more 2042, you can check out why Dr Disrespect preferred Battlefield 2042’s Beta to Halo Infinite’s. 

Image Credit: DICE / EA 


Will Battlefield 2042 go free-to-play?

Battlefield 2042 is rumored to go free-to-play after its disappointing launch, so here’s everything we know about EA’s plans.



battlefield 2042 free to play

Almost all of 2022’s top shooters have a free-to-play element, and there are rumors that Battlefield 2042 will follow the trend after its disappointing launch. Here’s everything we know about Battlefield 2042 possibly going free-to-play.

It’s no secret that Battlefield 2042 suffered from a poor launch. Performance issues, wide-open maps, the Specialist system, and the bloom mechanic turned away players new and old. 

Battlefield 2042’s player count plummeted, being overtaken by both Battlefield 1 and Battlefield V. EA are reportedly “very disappointed” with its launch, so will Battlefield 2042 go free-to-play to bring in more players?

Will Battlefield 2042 go free-to-play?

Battlefield 2042 player using wingsuit

Known industry insider Tom Henderson said that EA were reportedly “very disappointed” with Battlefield 2042’s release and are considering making the game free-to-play “in some capacity.”

As Henderson stated in a follow-up video, it would be a “PR nightmare” if EA made a $70-100 game free-to-play. Instead, it sounds like there are early plans to make an element of Battlefield 2042 free. 

What Battlefield 2042 modes will become free?

Caspian border in Battlefield 2042 portal

Tom Henderson believes that EA are looking at making Battlefield Portal the game’s free-to-play mode. 

Henderson spoke to two analysts who agree that Portal is the most likely free-to-play option for Battlefield 2042 because it’s EA’s only option. Portal takes content from previous games, letting players create their own modes and experiences. It’s often regarded as the best part of the game, so it would be the best hook to attract free-to-play players.

There were some rumors floating around that suggested the game’s Hazard Zone mode, which features gameplay loosely based on Hunt: Showdown and Escape from Tarkov, would be free-to-play. 

However, this wasn’t the case, and it doesn’t appear that it will ever happen. Sources known to Henderson have said that there are only a few hundred people playing Hazard Zone across all platforms, so it’s unlikely that Hazard Zone will be used as a free-to-play element to bring in new players. 

When would Battlefield 2042 go free-to-play?

There’s no way of knowing when Battlefield 2042 will receive its free-to-play element, but it’ll most likely be at the start of one of its seasons. 

While no release date has been confirmed, Season 1 is expected to begin in March. Battlefield V’s content seasons lasted a few months each, so we wouldn’t expect Season 2 until late Spring.  

For more Battlefield, you can check out the design for the Scoreboard which finally arrives in February.

Image Credit: DICE / EA

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Battlefield 2042 dev apologizes & removes “slap in the face” Portal mode

Battlefield 2042 added a ‘bot farm’ mode to Portal’s featured experiences, and a dev apologized before removing it.



Caspian border in Battlefield 2042 portal

Battlefield 2042 devs added a new zombies mode to Portal, but it quickly became clear that it could be used as an XP farm. Players called it a “slap in the face” and a Battlefield Portal dev has since apologized and the mode has been removed.

Battlefield Portal gives players an incredible amount of tools to create their own modes using assets from previous Battlefield games and 2042. After assuring players that it couldn’t be used to farm XP, the devs almost completely removed Portal XP after the browser was full of XP farms.

The devs made changes to Portal XP in January 20’s Update 3.2, increasing the XP cap for unofficial servers. Then, they released the Zombie Survival mode that acted exactly like an XP farm and quickly removed it following backlash.

Battlefield 2042 player using wingsuit

Battlefield 2042 players have been desperate for Portal XP to be reenabled after it was removed from custom modes to prevent XP farms. Developers Ripple Effect increased the Portal XP cap in the January 20 update, but it’s still not as much as players would like.

Then, later on January 20, the devs added the Zombie Survival mode which players called an “official bot farm.” In this mode, players would battle waves of AI enemies who would be extremely easy to kill, earning a ton of XP and Mastery rewards in the process.

Twitter user 235Nuke said the Zombie Survival mode is “a slap in the face to gaming communities and others whom [sic] want to run experiences in portal. This zombie mode is an official bot farm which is why XP was restricted in portal.”

This tweet prompted a response from Ripple Effect’s Senior Design Director Justin Wiebe, who apologized.

“I’m not going to lie, this one shouldn’t have gotten through our review process,” said Wiebe. “I think our desire to create a fun zombies mode clouded our ability to see such a simple thing like the impact it would have on progression. I’m very sorry for the hardship this has caused.”

More and more players had the same complaint as 235Nuke and the developers removed the mode on January 21, replacing it with Gun Master 2042.

DICE is committed to getting Battlefield 2042 back on track, revealing that the next major patch will be Update 3.3 in February.

Then, Season 1 is expected to launch in March bringing new content such as the Exposure map.

Image Credit: DICE

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How to fix Battlefield 2042 Error Code 3:9001

Battlefield 2042 players have been unable to launch the game after the Error Code 3:9001 popped up, but we have a simple fix.



Battlefield 2042 player dropping into Renewal map

Battlefield 2042 devs have released the first update of 2022, but Update 3.2 has caused the frustrating Error Code 3:9001 which prevents Steam players from launching the game. But, we’ve got a simple fix for the issue.

Battlefield 2042 has been suffering from numerous bugs, glitches, and crashes, and DICE attempted to solve some of the worst offenders with January 20’s Update 3.2.

Unfortunately, this has caused the ‘Error Code 3:9001’ to pop up, preventing Steam users from launching the game.

Luckily, there’s a simple fix for the issue, so you can get back to playing Battlefield 2042 in no time.

How to fix Error Code 3:9001 in Battlefield 2042

Battlefield 2042 Specialists in Hazard Zone mode

While Battlefield 2042’s Error Code 3:9001 is frustrating, there’s an easy way to get around it by changing some settings within Steam.

Here’s how to get rid of Battlefield 2042’s 3:9001 Error Code:

  1. Open your Steam Library
  2. Right-click on Battlefield 2042
  3. Select Properties
  4. Select Updates
  5. Hit the drop down arrow underneath ‘Automatic Updates
  6. Select ‘Only update this game when I launch it
  7. Launch Battlefield 2042 through Steam
Battlefield 2042 Steam update settings menu

What appears to have gone wrong here was Steam didn’t automatically download the update for players, so the error code has popped up when players tried to launch an out-of-date version of Battlefield 2042.

However, setting the game to only ‘only update when I launch it’ will force the game to recognize and begin installing the update. Then, hopefully, you’ll be able to resume playing Battlefield 2042 as soon as the update’s over.

Battlefield 2042’s next update is scheduled for February, which finally brings a proper Scoreboard to the game. Then, Season 1 is expected to begin in March, bringing a new map.

Image Credit: DICE / EA

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