What are the stakes in the brand new Battlefield Hazard Zone? Let’s just say it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. Hazard Zone is an engaging, squad-focused survival experience that combines groundbreaking gameplay with the best of the Battlefield sandbox.
Before we get into the details, let’s give you a little glimpse into the game history that will help you understand this new mode. In 2040, a global event called The Blackout destroyed roughly 70% of the satellites in orbit – and decimated global communications, navigation, and surveillance. Previously, heightened tensions from rising sea levels, economic collapse and massive waves of refugees set the stage, but it was The Blackout that completely destabilized a world that was already on the brink.
International distrust inspired both the US and Russia to develop a surveillance solution: the use of satellites equipped with capsules containing radiation-hardened data drives. These capsules (and the valuable information they contain) are dropped into their respective controlled areas so that the occupying forces can secure them.
Of course, information is not only valued by the superpowers, many of the non-patriates (or no-pats) are also very interested in getting their hands on the data drives. Some want them for the price they get in the dark market, while others focus more on protecting themselves and their friends and families. Regardless of their reasons, the no-pats are very motivated to intercept as many data drives as possible – so much so that they have organized and funded task forces only for this purpose. And in Battlefield Hazard Zone, you and your teammates form one of those teams. Your task: locate, collect and extract data drives before a storm hits the area.
Oh, and did we mention that you only have one life for it? Hey, we warned you that there is a lot at stake at stake.
How does it all work? Well, every game has five elements:
Step 1 – Develop and equip strategy
Step 2 – Insert on all seven cards from 2042 onwards
Step 3 – Get the information
Step 4 – Extractions
Step 5 – Pat yourself on the back and claim your rewards
You’ll start with a Mission Area Briefing, which will give you the information you need to be successful, from regions of the map with high likelihood of enemy fighters, data drives, and uplinks. The latter are powerful items that can turn the tide in combat. There will be three types of uplinks available at launch: vehicle, ranger, and reinforcement uplinks. Whether you need to bring back a buddy, gain a quick tactical advantage, or dodge the heck, uplinks are there for you.
You then select the specialists and equipment that you and your squad will use to take part in the battle. At this stage, choose wisely (and strategically) and you will likely do well. So carefully balance your roster and skills before you line up.
From this point on, you have only one mission left – to secure these capsules and data drives. Of course, you won’t be the only ones doing this. Rival squads will have the same goal and then there will be occupation forces who guard the contents of these capsules with their lives.
Ok, great, you’ve defeated your enemies and backed up the data drives … now what? Let’s just say it gets pretty difficult to get out in one piece – information in hand. Two extraction windows are available in randomized locations per game, but only for a short time. To be successful with your extraction you need to consider carefully whether you will go for the first window or risk it all and stick to the end. Find the LZ and get there as quickly (but as safely) as possible. Of course, you won’t be the only ones showing up, so you’ll need to defend the area against rival troops and occupation forces long enough to get everyone on the plane. If anyone in your squad doesn’t make it, they’ll get one more shot during the final extraction, but remember, if you all stay behind, you’ll lose everything you’ve collected!
Congratulations, No-Pat, you beat the storm and your opponents and made it with many data drives in one piece – that means you will be earning both XP and Dark Market credits. The former is pretty self-explanatory, and the latter means that in the next game you will have a chance to unlock more (and better) gear options for you and your squad.
Hazard Zone, All-Out Warfare and Battlefield Portal allow you to adopt revamped fan-preferred modes, discover new innovative experiences and live on an unprecedented scale that will add a new dimension to your multiplayer battles. Are you ready to dive into the chaotic battles of the near future of Battlefield 2042? Deploy on launch day, November 19, 2021, or pre-order the Gold or Ultimate Edition now and put boots on the floor from November 12.