is seemingly in a bit of trouble, it's launch state wasn't great (our review can attest to that
), and DICE
have been quickly rolling out patches fixing balance issues, game-breaking bugs, and adding features. Yesterday's patch was a big one
. Today comes word that DICE GM Oskar Gabrielson is leaving the studio, with Respawn
head Vince Zampella taking over.
As the head of the Battlefield franchise going forward.
Zampella's work at Respawn has seen the successful launch of Apex Legends, Titanfall, and the creation of new studios like Ripple Effect which created the well received Battlefield Portal mode in Battlefield 2042. It's not all doom and gloom, EA is investing heavily in Battlefield across multiple studios. Halo designer Marcus Lehto is spearheading a brand new Seattle-based studio to work on adding more story into Battlefield (Battlefield 2042 launched without a campaign), with Ripple Effect building on the success of Battlefield Portal with a new mode for Battlefield 2042 coming some time in the future.
In a statement made to GameSpot
, EA is looking to DICE and these new studios to improve Battlefield 2042. Taking a look at the current dwindling player-base on Steam
, where player counts have seen a drop off of over 60% since launch, it certainly feels like this latest entry is something of a major misstep. Of course Battlefield 2042 is also on Xbox, PlayStation, and Origin, so these numbers may not be indicative of the broader picture.
"We will continue to evolve and grow Battlefield 2042, and we'll explore new kinds of experiences and business models along the way that we can add to that foundation to provide an awesome array of experiences for our players," Zampella told GameSpot
. "In this universe, the world is interconnected with shared characters and narrative. This universe is also built with our community as we harness the power of Portal and user generated content that puts creativity in the hands of our players."
As for the now former DICE GM Oskar Gabrielson his parting words are positive, though we don't know the exact reasoning for his departure. "It is hard to put into words my passion for our studio, our teams and the Battlefield franchise," Gabrielson said. "The last decade with the team at DICE has been nothing short of amazing. From the debut of Battlefield 3, to Star Wars Battlefront and Battlefield 1, and of course the return of all-out warfare with Battlefield 2042. There's just been so many great memories working with our teams. DICE has some of the best talent in the industry and the team is in great hands."