Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Developer DICE has revealed that it is winding down development on future content for Battlefield 2042's Hazard Zone mode.
In this week's Battlefield 2042 Development Update, senior community lead Adam Freeman announced that, despite the team's ambition for the mode, it hadn't proven particularly popular with Battlefield fans.
“One final piece of news for you to take away from today’s video - we’re winding down future development on Hazard Zone. All of us on the team had great ambition and high hopes for this new Battlefield experience throughout our development, but we’re the first to hold our hands up and acknowledge that it hasn’t found the right home in Battlefield 2042 and that we’ll benefit greatly from letting our focus and energy stay on the modes we see you engaging most with,” said Freeman.
“Hazard Zone will stay as part of the experience, we’re not switching it off, but beyond addressing critical errors and odd behaviours that may appear in the future, we’re no longer actively developing new experiences or content for the mode, and you’ll find that maps that we release across our seasons will not be supported in Hazard Zone.”
Hazard Zone was first revealed back in October as an Escape From Tarkov-style experience, which made up the third pillar of the Battlefield 2042 experience, alongside the standard multiplayer and Battlefield Portal. However, like much of the game, it didn't hit quite right with fans, prompting EA to rethink the Battlefield development process from the ground up going forward.
You can read our full review of Battlefield 2042 here.