When Battlefield 2042 was revealed earlier this month, the focus was mostly on the large-scale, all-out warfare presented in Conquest and Breakthrough, two of the franchise’s signature modes that will be seeing drastic improvements on next-gen. EA also briefly touched on two additional experiences in the game.
Hazard Zone is a “high-stakes, squad-based game” that’s been described as a modern and different take on DICE’s multiplayer. The other experience is still unannounced.
On the official Battlefield 2042 website, the third game experience is simply “[Redacted]” but it has a brief teaser that hints at what it could be:
"“Enter the wide universe of battlefield in a new experience, designed as a love letter to our fans, coming to Battlefield 2042.”"
While we’ll have to wait until EA Play Live on July 22 for this mode to be officially revealed, it seems it has already been leaked. Prominent industry leaker leaker Tom Henderson — who is often correct with his leaks — has provided some context for this unannounced mode, which is apparently called “Battlefield Hub.”
According to Henderson, Battlefield Hub is designed to be the “ultimate sandbox experience” and the “fun game mode.” So what does this mean exactly?
In short, the mode will let players revisit remastered versions of maps from previous games in the Battlefield series. Henderson explains the maps are being built using the Battlefield 2042 engine, so the movement and gameplay will be the same; however, you’ll be using weapons and vehicles from past Battlefield games. Specialists, which are new in Battlefield 2042, will also be available in this mode; not the traditional Battlefield class system.
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Henderson adds that the majority of the maps will only feature 64 players but that Battlefield Hub will also support up to 128 players on next-gen consoles and PC. It will simply depend on the map.
In a very interesting and intriguing bit of detail, supposedly Battlefield Hub can be downloaded separately from the main Battlefield 2042 game. This seems to suggest that Hub, like Hazard Zone, will potentially be free-to-play.
Again, this is only a leak so take it with a grain of salt; however, it does sound very much in line with EA’s very vague description. If it does turn out to be true, then this sounds like a pretty awesome mode. We all know how beloved the Battlefield franchise is and a mode that takes us back to some of the classics will certainly be appreciated by the passionate and dedicated community.
We’ll hopefully get all the details next month when EA Play Live takes place on July 22. Battlefield 2042 is set to launch on October 21, 2021.