One of the main talking points about Battlefield 2042 before its release was the Hazard Zone mode. Heavily inspired by Hunt Showdown, it put players in squads of four, each vying for possession of Data Drives hidden throughout the map. Paraphrase our reviewit was fun, albeit a bit shallow compared to the source material.
It seems the Battlefield 2042 player base, however small it is these days, feels the same way. In a new development update primarily focused on upcoming Season 1 changes, DICE has announced that it will stop active development on the Hazard Zone, although the mode is still available as-is for those who wish to continue playing.
“All of us on the team had high ambitions and high hopes for this new Battlefield experience throughout our development, but we are the first to raise our hands and acknowledge that it has not found its right home in Battlefield 2042 and will greatly benefit from leaving. our focus and energy stay in the ways we see you engage more,” the update notes reading.
He continues, “The danger zone will remain part of the experience, we haven’t turned it off, but in addition to addressing critical bugs and strange behavior that may appear in the future, we are no longer actively developing new experiences or content for the mode, and you’ll find that maps we release in our seasons will not be supported in the Danger Zone.”
It comes shortly after DICE announced that its 128-player Breakthrough playlist will be removed, on the grounds that “the 64-player version represented a more tactical experience”. Of course, the biggest issue might be the difficulty of actually filling these 128-player matches, especially with the Battlefield achievement overshadowing Breakthrough.
Battlefield 2042’s first season is set to release in June, and the new DICE update has largely focused on these impending changes and improvements. The Kaleidoscope map is getting a comprehensive overhaul in August, while improvements to animation and traversal will roll out throughout June and July. The sniper’s controversial specialists are also being changed, mainly to make them “bolder”. For the full notes, head this wayor check out the video below: