To no one's surprise, EA DICE have stopped the development of Battlefield 2042's failed battle-royale hybrid mode Hazard Zone.
Battlefield 2042 's Hazard Zone is being shut down by EA DICE. The development team confirmed the news in the latest Battlefield Briefing update , stating that they had high hopes for the mode but sadly, it was not meant to be due to low player count.
"We’re winding down future development on Hazard Zone. All of us on the team had great ambition and high hopes for this new Battlefield experience throughout our development, but we’re the first to hold our hands up and acknowledge that it hasn’t found the right home in Battlefield 2042 and that we’ll benefit greatly from letting our focus and energy stay on the modes we see you engaging most with."
EA DICE added that Hazard Zone will be available to play for the foreseeable future but they won't be developing new content for the mode and the new maps that release in the coming months will not be supported either.
"Hazard Zone will stay as part of the experience, we’re not switching it off, but beyond addressing critical errors and odd behaviours that may appear in the future, we’re no longer actively developing new experiences or content for the mode, and you’ll find that maps that we release across our seasons will not be supported in Hazard Zone."
Hazard Zone was Battlefield 2042's take on the Escape From Tarkov but it was underdeveloped and didn't offer anywhere near enough for players to stay engaged. We tried it a couple of times after Battlefield 2042 released and found it to be one of the most boring modes in the game.
It had potential but sadly, it never took off due to its poor execution and it's for the best to shut it down and focus on what's salvageable in Battlefield 2042.