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First Details on Battlefield 2042 – Season 1: Zero Hour, Launching June 9



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  • Stealth helicopters, a mountainous map, and a new vehicle destroyer Specialist are featured in Battlefield 2042’s first Season.
  • New weapons like the Ghostmaker R10 Crossbow and the BSV-M Marksman Rifle will be introduced.
  • Battlefield 2042 – Season 1: Zero Hour launches Thursday, June 9 and will be available for all players with a mix of free and premium content to unlock across 100 tiers.

It’s been a minute since I last dipped my toes into the world of Battlefield 2042. At launch, Team Xbox Wire had a blast with the unique Hazard Zone game mode and later had an opportunity to speak the composers behind its powerful soundtrack. Since then, it has been a handful of multiplayer sessions as time would allow (father of two over here). Now with the first details of Season 1: Zero Hour hitting today, I can feel the pulse of excitement building once again, eager to revisit the frantic and awesome world of Battlefield 2042.

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So, what’s new? A lot! Since launch there has been a steady stream of improvements to the game, from matchmaking to stability to other community requested features, but the teams at DICE and Ripple Effect Studios knew they wanted to really address a lot of the player feedback. Season 1: Zero Hour starts this next phase, with many major changes coming to the game that they hope will deliver on the promise they believe Battlefield 2042 can be.

For starters, certain maps will receive significant revisions to help improve traversal, cover, and flow of battle. The first will be Kaleidoscope, coming in August. In a short gameplay demo reel we saw today, many of these features involve including more cover options to help break sightlines and other assets to improve the destruction events in the environment. There will also be the addition of a forward operating base near the park and a second command post near the tower.

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Later this year in Season 2, Renewal will get a major overhaul as well. Two sectors will be removed, A and E, to help bring more focus to the map’s center. The existing Security checkpoint will now be connected to the Synesco Buidlings, bringing with it more cover, and the Solar Section is also going to get an overhaul to include more cover to help make the area feel “more entrenched.”

One of the major changes coming soon will be the size of battles while playing the Breakthrough game mode — future maps will be designed for 64 players only. The 128-player game modes will still be available on the original launch maps and while playing Conquest. Other features like bringing some grit to some of the look and feel for the Specialists, improved animation, weapon balancing, and improved performance round out some of the items on the game’s immediate road map through the year.

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All this hard work starts to really show itself starting this Thursday, June 9, with the launch of Season 1: Zero Hour. Featured in this Season will be a new map, Exposure, which contains a lot of vertical terrain with the Canadian Rockies as its backdrop, designed to deliver a mix of hectic ground-to-air combat and close quarters battles.

That leads into the new Specialist for Battlefield 2042: Ewelina Lis. She’s a vehicle destroyer Specialist joining the No-Pats. Her rocket launcher can fire player-guided projectiles while her trait, Armor Hunter, delivers critical battlefield intel on damaged vehicles.

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Speaking of, two new stealth helicopters are joining the party: the RAH-68 Huron and YG-99 Hannibal Gunship. Each comes equipped with radar deflection abilities making them invisible to scopes along with a variety of other defensive capabilities. There will also be the addition of the Ghostmaker R10 Crossbow for players who are looking to bring a stealth element to their groundgame.

Finally, we’ll get to dive into the first Battle Pass for Battlefield 2042, featuring access to a variety of weapons, vehicles, and cosmetics. There’s a Premium tier you can purchase for $10 USD that will unlock Skins, Weapon Charms, Takedowns, and more. All the gameplay-related items can be unlocked for free as you progress through the Battle Pass.

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Everything I’ve seen so far points to a brighter future for Battlefield 2042 with all of that kicking off with the start of Season 1: Zero Hour on Thursday, June 9. You can check out more details on the Battle Pass here on Battlefield’s official site and we’ll have more news to share later this year when we have it about Season 2 for Battlefield 2042 here on Xbox Wire.

If you’re an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate member and want to get started playing today, EA Play is part of your membership with access to a massive collection of EA games and member only rewards. That includes a 10-hour trial of Battlefield 2042. Best of all, any progress made during the trial will carry over to the full game should you purchase it later on the Xbox Store. As a member, you can also save 10% on Battlefield 2042 purchases on the Xbox Store.

Editor’s Note: We’ve clarified the size of battles mentioned in the piece. 128 players will still be supported while playing Conquest; Breakthrough will be 64 players only on all future maps.


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Coming Soon to Xbox Game Pass: PowerWash Simulator, Last Call BBS, Escape Academy, and More



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We’re back and we’ve got more games to announce (act surprised)! Some are available on day one, some are returning fan favorites (looking at you Yakuza!), but most importantly they are all coming soon (yes, even “today soon”). Let’s jump in!

Available Today

Last Call BBS (PC) [email protected]
Available on day one with PC Game Pass: Boot up your Z5 Powerlance and dial into Last Call BBS, the last game from Zachtronics! The Barkeep’s loaded up his retro computer with a full set of puzzle games for you to download and play. No need to worry about copy protection, they’re all fully cracked and ready to enjoy.

Yakuza 0 (Cloud, Console, and PC)
The glitz, glamour, and unbridled decadence of the 80s are back in Yakuza 0. Play as Kazuma Kiryu, a low-ranking yakuza, who gets caught in a world of trouble when a simple debt collection goes wrong. Then, step into the silver-toed shoes of Goro Majima and explore his “normal” life as the proprietor of a cabaret club.

Yakuza Kiwami (Cloud, Console, and PC)
1995, Kamurocho. Kazuma Kiryu, the Dragon of Dojima, takes the fall for the murder of a crime boss to protect his sworn brother, Akira Nishikiyama, and his childhood friend, Yumi. Experience the story that kicked off the legendary Yakuza series, with all the drama, action, and hilarious minigames you’d expect.

Yakuza Kiwami 2 (Cloud, Console, and PC)
An assassination threatens to erupt an all-out war between the Tojo Clan and the Omi Alliance. Kazuma Kiryu, the Dragon of Dojima, must travel to Sotenbori, Osaka to broker peace between the rival clans, but Ryuji Goda, the Dragon of Kansai, will stop at nothing to get his war.

Coming Soon

DJMax Respect V (Cloud, Console, and PC) [email protected] – July 7
DJMax Respect V is the latest installment from the creators of the critically acclaimed rhythm game franchise DJMax. Experience tracks from popular artists such as Marshmello, Porter Robinson, and Yukika, exclusive Full HD Music Videos, online multiplayer, new game modes, and more!


Matchpoint: Tennis Championships (Cloud, Console, and PC) [email protected] – July 7
Available on day one with Game Pass: Matchpoint: Tennis Championships is a modern take on tennis, featuring a true-to-life on-court experience supported by a deep career mode and unique rivalry system. The game places a strong focus on tactical realism, positioning and aiming, allowing the player to move their superstar in exactly the right way to get the most out of their shots.

Road 96 (Cloud, Console, and PC) – July 7
On this risky road trip to the border, you’ll meet incredible characters, and discover their intertwined stories and secrets in an ever-evolving adventure. But every mile opens a choice to make. Your decisions will change your adventure, change the people you meet, maybe even change the world.

Escape Academy (Console and PC) [email protected] – July 14
Available on day one with Game Pass: You’ve just arrived at Escape Academy, a school where promising students train to become the ultimate Escapist. Play over a dozen masterfully hand-crafted rooms, designed by experienced experts in the field of real-life escape rooms.

My Friend Peppa Pig (Cloud, Console, and PC) – July 14
Start a fun-filled adventure with Peppa Pig! Create your character, ring the doorbell, and step into the TV show. Peppa suggests activities everywhere you go, from the Museum to Potato City. Help find Daddy Pig’s glasses, follow forest tracks, splash in muddy puddles, and more. Every playtime is different!

Overwhelm (PC) [email protected] – July 14
You’re outnumbered, low on ammunition and the paranoia sets in. Overwhelm is an action horror-world platformer where enemies get power ups and you don’t. Explore the oppressive caverns of the hive, guided only by a sparse map. As you defeat each of the five unique bosses, their abilities get distributed to the enemies of the world with escalating difficulty.

PAW Patrol The Movie: Adventure City Calls (Cloud, Console, and PC) – July 14
A big city means a bigger adventure! When Ryder and the PAW Patrol learn that Mayor Humdinger has taken over a buzzing metropolis, they must race into action to save Adventure City from his selfish scheming. The pups need you to join Team PAWsome!

PowerWash Simulator (Cloud, Console, and PC) – July 14
Available on day one with Game Pass: Release the pressure with PowerWash Simulator and wash away your worries with the soothing sounds of high-pressure water. Fire up your power washer and blast away every speck of dirt and grime you can find. Lose yourself to the simple satisfaction of power-washing to a sparkling finish.

In Case You Missed It

House Flipper (Cloud, Console, and PC) [email protected] – Available now
This is where your interior design imagination meets gaming! Reach for your best decor, furnishing, and color scheme ideas. As a professional flipper, you’ll be met with tons of makeover opportunities, clients with sublime requirements, and a handful of tools suitable for every job. Learn more here.

DLC/Game Updates


Marvel’s Avengers Introduces Jane Foster as The Mighty Thor – Available now
Jane Foster joins the Marvel’s Avengers roster as the Mighty Thor in a free update.  She possesses all the strength and power of a God of Thunder, but with human touches all her own. This update adds to a game already packed with content, including a sprawling single-player story campaign, ten playable heroes, and endless multiplayer action for up to four players. Learn more here.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks

Fall Guys: Robo Rabbit Costume – Available now
Battle bizarre obstacles, shove through unruly competitors, and overcome the unbending laws of physics as you stumble towards greatness. Hop your way towards the Crown as Robo Rabbit, the adorable android bunny! 

FIFA 22: Supercharge Pack – Available now
Boost your Ultimate Team with the Supercharge Pack, featuring 10 players rated 80 or above and a choice of one of four Team of the Season Loan Players rated 95 and above for five games to help you dominate on the pitch!

MLB The Show 22: Summer Bundle – July 12
Celebrate summer at the ballpark! The MLB The Show 22 Summer Bundle is here, with one Diamond Cover Athlete choice pack, one Diamond Ballplayer Pack, and five The Show Packs. That’s 29 total items!

Halo Infinite: Pass Tense Rocket Warthog Bundle – July 13
Customize your Season 2: Lone Wolves arsenal with the exclusive “Pass Tense” Rocket Warthog Vehicle Coating, four 2XP Boosts and four Challenge Swaps!

Century: Age of Ashes – Krød Slaglands Dragon Bundle – July 14
Unleash the dragons for Season 1! Claim your Krød Slaglands dragon, Armour, Player Icon and XP Booster.

Leaving July 15


The following games are leaving the Game Pass library soon, so be sure to jump back in and tie up any loose ends before they go. Of course, you also have the option to save up to 20% on your purchase to keep them!

  • Atomicrops (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Carrion (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Children of Morta (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Cris Tales (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Lethal League Blaze (Cloud, Console, and PC)

That’s a nice collection of games coming to the library if I say so myself. Let us know what you’re looking forward to the most over at @XboxGamePass or @XboxGamePassPC and stick around to the Wire or keep an eye on the Xbox Game Pass Mobile app for updates for when these games are available. Catch you next time!

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