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Battlefield 2042 Hazard Zone data mine reveals potential gameplay details

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Battlefield 2042 Hazard Zone details may have leaked out early thanks to data mining efforts, pointing to a mode that will be an entirely new kind of Battlefield experience.

Battlefield series data miner temporyal shared an extensive set of details about the new mode on their Twitter account. While Hazard Zone was revealed as part of Battlefield 2042's big announcement, the details of what the mode will actually be about have remained scarce - even after EA and DICE went in-depth on Battlefield Portal, the third main experience for Battlefield 2042 players.

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Before going into any more detail on the alleged leaks, it's important to note that all of this information is unverified and unofficial. Even if it's all 100% true, some (or all) of the details may change by the time EA and DICE are prepared to officially reveal Hazard Zone.

With that said, the top-level view of Hazard Zone from this data mine paints it as a mix of Escape from Tarkov and Hunt: Showdown. Players drop onto maps - apparently Orbital, the map with a satellite launch and huge tropical storms will be supported - then search for intel around the map in data drives and crashed satellites.

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Aside from intel, the maps will include points of interest to let you refill your ammo or uplinks to summon a robo-dog or ATV. Tactical upgrades will let you enhance your soldier, with one in particular letting you mitigate equipment lost in the field via Loadout Insurance. On top of other players, you'll contend with NPC threats that may be able to summon their own reinforcements, and taking down special AI bosses will likely help you complete additional objectives and earn more gear.

Your final objective in Hazard Zone will be to extract via helicopter. To do so, you'll need to claim and activate an extraction zone on the map, then make sure you make it on board in time before they leave without you. Again, none of these details should be treated as gospel yet, but they do paint an exciting picture of a very different kind of Battlefield action.

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Connor Sheridan

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.