21 Jul 2021 11:35 AM +00:00

We need DICE to explain Battlefield 2042's Hazard Mode at EA Play Live

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Battlefield 2042 is reportedly getting a battle royale mode and we don't know what to think. Does Battlefield 2042 even need that? How is EA DICE going to evolve Firestorm and make this new "Hazard Zone" stand out? Only time will tell. Here's the latest.

LATEST - Battlefield 2042 @ EA PLAY Live

We might not know a lot about Battlefield 2042 and the new Battle Royale mode that's supposedly coming to the game, but that is about to change. EA's EA PLAY Live is right around the corner and Battlefield Unredacted should reveal all about what we can expect from Hazard Mode. In addition to this, there's a mysterious third pillar of Battlefield 2042's core gameplay experience we know nothing about yet...

" Tune in to EA PLAY Live on July 22 and watch the reveal of this love letter to Battlefield fans and long-time players, developed by DICE LA."

EA PLAY Live 2021 is due to start at 10:00 PST / 13:00 EST / 18:00 BST on July 22nd, but we might not see anything from Battlefield 2042 appear until around 10:30 PST / 13:30 EST / 18:30 BST due to a countdown on the stream. You can find that below, by the way:

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We don't know how long it's going to last, but rumours are saying that EA Play Live 2021 is going to clock in at around 40 minutes. Either way, it should be good. We know Battlefield 2042 is going to appear alongside the new FIFA and Madden titles at the very least.

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Battlefield 2042's Battle Royale Won't Be The Best-Looking Game Out There

Nvidia has recently announced their plans for Battlefield 2042 and its Battle Royale mode regarding its GeForce GPUs. Battlefield 2042 will reportedly have DLSS Support and Reflex features from day one, utilising Nvidia's GeForce 20 and GeForce 30 series GPUs.

This is obviously fantastic news, but there's one small thing missing... Ray-Tracing.

Interestingly, as Gamespot has reported, Nvidia only mentioned Ray-tracing in regards to DOOM Eternal in its' press release. This is a game that's just received an update to support both DLSS features and Ray-Tracing.

Battlefield 2042 is still a little way out yet, so there's time for things to change. We're expecting to get a better look at how it will perform on both next-gen consoles and PC at EA's EA Play Live event scheduled for July 22nd.

Hazard Zone To Be A Battle Royale Mode

Trusted Battlefield leaker @_Tom_Henderson_ on Twitter has gone into some detail about what exactly is going to be accomplished with Hazard Zone.

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Essentially, Hazard Zone will be Battlefield 2042's Battle Royale mode with a twist. DICE are using this mode to cover that ground but there is scope to add a more traditional Battle Royale in the future if Hazard Zone doesn't hit it off with fans.

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Will Battlefield 2042 Have Battle Royale?

There is no Battle Royale mode currently being planned for Battlefield 2042. The game is being described as narrative-driven with its massive scope for online multiplayer.

Battle Royale is not part of the plans at this moment in time but isn't counted out of future plans.

You may be disappointed with the news given the thrill a good Battle Royale can offer. You can take comfort in the knowledge there's still a huge variety of game modes planned.

However, given that previous Battle Royale attempts from Battlefield haven’t offered any sustainable fun or stood out from the crowd, it’s no surprise that it’s not included at launch.

Does Battlefield 2042 Have A Campaign?

DICE have gone all-in on multiplayer this year, meaning there is no standalone story planned. Campaign modes have looked a little different in the last two instalments and 2042 will not feature one at all.

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The campaign modes peaked in popularity during the Bad Company titles. Since then focus has always leaned more toward the online aspect of the franchise. With the massive 126-player battles planned for Battlefield 2042, it’s clear that the emphasis will be on multiplayer again.

Fear not, and this doesn't mean the game will be without a story entirely. Even with reduced full campaign modes in previous years, Battlefield has done a great job of creating a narrative using its multiplayer modes.

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Battlefield 2042 Release Date

During the reveal stream, Battlefield 2042 was given a release date of 22 October 2021. Battlefield games are usually first shown when close to release.

This ensures that there is less risk of delays. Given the current climate, delays are still possible, but EA and DICE are confident in their chosen release date.

Stick with our Battlefield 2042 article for updates as they're available.