With Battlefield 2042, Electronic Arts and DICE looked to deliver on three "epic experiences" — its core multiplayer modes with Conquest and Breakthrough, the community-driven Portal, and Hazard Zone.
For those wondering what the new "tense, squad-focused survival experience" entails, here's a breakdown of Hazard Zone in Battlefield 2042.
Battlefield 2042 Hazard Zone Explained
Hazard Zone puts players in four-member squads and tasks them to locate and retrieve Data Drives scattered throughout the battlefield, all while competing against opposing squads with the same objective.
Being that all players have just one life, it not only comes down to being able to gather the Data Drives, but also finding the right moment to extract before a storm overtakes the area.
Essentially, DICE envisioned Hazard Zone to be sort of like a more barebones version of Escape From Tarkov, where every bullet, skirmish and decision counts.
Unfortunately, however, in its few weeks of being live, Hazard Zone doesn't appear to be all that popular.
A major part of this seems to be that there is no squad VOIP system (aka in-game chat) at the moment. Although the feature is reportedly coming "ASAP," according to EA, this has seemingly made it pretty tough for solo players to get much out of Hazard Zone so far.
Additionally, a common strategy that has been tough to counter, as well as pretty unbalanced overall, seems to be simply using vehicle mounted weapons to strongarm the Data Drives away from those without the firepower.