Battlefield 2042 is confirmed to jump on the live service wagon, which means that we'll hopefully see a steady amount of content, from battle passes to new maps, and cosmetic items coming our way over the next year. One thing that's on players' minds in these early days is the Season 1: Zero Hour release date, which should mark the first big post-launch content drop.
After the previous entry in the series ditched paid expansions, Battlefield 2042's Season 1 release date hopefully signals a more structured approach to how post-launch content is released. The title's full shift to multiplayer comes with three core modes, all of which could benefit from additional maps and unlocks as time goes by. Here's what we know so far.
Battlefield 2042 Season 1: Zero Hour Release Date
Battlefield 2042's Season 1 went on without a fixed release date for several months, publisher Electronic Arts previously confirming that it would share more details about its first season of post-launch content in 2022.
"In our first year of live service, we will deliver four Seasons, with four Battle Passes, four new Specialists, and new locations along with more fresh content. We also intend to deliver updates to Battlefield Portal that will give players more ways to build and share new Battlefield experiences with the world," it wrote in a blog post on its website.
"That means for Season 1, you can expect a new Specialist, Battle Pass and Portal content, and maybe even some new sights to see as the story of Battlefield 2042 continues to unfold. Expect more details early next year."
In late December 2021, dataminer temporyal found 12 weeks' worth of weekly missions in the BF2042 client, suggesting that Season 1's release date could only occur at some point in March 2022, introducing a new map called Exposure.
In early February 2022, it was officially announced that Battlefield 2042's Season 1 release date would arrive later than expected, having been moved to early summer. This decision was made to give the team more time to address the many issues the first-person shooter is currently struggling with.
"We’ve had to make some big decisions to ensure that our next set of updates can be focused on delivering these improvements, with the most substantial one being to move the release date of our first Season to early Summer," reads a post announcing the move.
"This decision gives us the time to focus on improving the Battlefield 2042 experience while finalizing the development of our seasonal content to ensure that it all reaches our standard for quality."
In late May, the team behind the game confirmed that BF2042's Season 1 is set to go live at some point in June.
- Battlefield 2042 Season 1: Zero Hour release date: June 9, 2022
Early June brought the announcement that Battlefield 2042's Season 1 was titled Zero Hour and set to go live on June 9.
It introduces the new Exposure map, one with lots of verticality that's set in the Canadian Rockies. New Specialist Ewelina Lis wields a rocket launcher that fires remote-controlled missiles.
In tandem with her passive ability that highlights damaged vehicles, players who choose her get to play as a capable vehicle hunter.
Two new vehicles are also coming, in the shape of the RAH-68 Huron and YG-99 Hannibal Gunships, alongside three new weapons: the Ghostmaker R10 Crossbow, BSV-M Marksman Rifle, and Smoke Grenade Launcher.
The game's first battle pass also goes live alongside its first season.
That's what you need to know about Battlefield 2042 Season 1: Zero Hour's release date. For more on the game, read our review to see what we thought of the game at launch, and check out what we know about crossplay support.
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