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Battlefield 2042’s new Hazard Zone will be inspired by Battlestate Games’ FPS Escape from Tarkov, a datamine of the game’s private tech playtest has suggested.
According to details shared on social media by community dataminer @Temporyal, the mode – which is yet to be officially detailed by DICE – will have players battling AI enemies and fighting to reach extraction points without losing their loot.
In Escape from Tarkov, players are assigned an extraction point on the other side of the map, and must fight against other players and AI enemies in order to reach that point and escape with their collected loot.
In addition to these standard extractions, players are also given the opportunity to use optional extraction points but must achieve certain objectives in order to do so, such as by acquiring a certain piece of loot.
Once extracted, players can store their loot for future matches or sell it to other players. When players die in a match, they lose everything, including the equipment they brought with them.
“Expect to collect intel from data drives & crashed satellites in Hazard Zone,” the Battlefield 2042 dataminer wrote. “After a briefing screen and insertion via Little Bird, it’s up to you to search the area. The danger of losing equipment can be countered with a ‘Loadout Insurance’, one of numerous tactical upgrades.”
They added: “Battlefield Hazard Zone maps seem to feature various points of interest like ammo stations and uplinks.
“Here you can call for a Ranger (Robot Dog) or HDT Storm (ATV). There are also links to a respawn sequence with states like start, pause, resume & abort.
“You might encounter AI soldiers like a patrol using a Jaguar EBRC or HDT Storm in #Battlefield Hazard Zone.
“According to some data, they can get reinforcements and parachute (solo or squads) into the map. AI ‘bosses’ will probably serve as additional objectives & grant rewards.
“You can leave the Hazard Zone by using an extraction zone (landing zones for helicopters which can be claimed & activated). An extraction can also fail if you miss the helicopter.
“Money bag”Hazard Zone currency” is probably the key to expand your weapon, gadget and perk collection…”
Dice previously described Hazard Zone as “an all-new, high-stakes, squad-based game-type” that is “distinctly DICE” but “very different” from All-Out Warfare’s Conquest or Breakthrough modes.
Battlefield 2042’s invite-only tech test has been running on PC and Xbox since Thursday. DICE cancelled its Battlefield 2042 technical playtest on PlayStation 5 due to “a critical issue”.
Testing will accommodate “a few thousand participants” ahead of wider testing in an open beta scheduled for September.