The Battlefield franchise will now be overseen by Respawn Entertainment co-founder Vince Zampella, Gamespot reports. Some restructuring has been happening behind the scenes at EA, which includes former Halo designer Marcus Lehto who will now be in charge of putting together a Seattle-based studio which aims to add more “meaningful narrative” to Battlefield.
Zampella, who was the co-founder of Respawn and whose impressive resume includes the original Call of Duty: Modern Warfare trilogy and the Titanfall series, will now head up the Battlefield franchise for the foreseeable future. DICE General Manager Oskar Gabrielson has left the company in the wake of the restructure.
Zampella spoke in a bit of detail about his new role, stating that the plans were not an attempt to move on from the rocky launch of Battlefield 2042:
“This is an ‘And’ strategy in many ways. 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. 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 reported by Video Games Chronicle, apart from Lehto’s new studio and the upcoming Battlefield mobile game which is planned to release in 2022, Ripple Effect (formerly DICE LA) may have a new game already in development.
Zampella’s role will seemingly dictate the course of Battlefield 2042‘s future, and judging by the disastrous launch of the game which was plagued with bugs, glitches and game design issues, it might be safer in more capable hands.
Battlefield 2042 is now available for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.