Electronic Arts has announced that a new Battlefield game is in development though it will come with some studio restructuring. EA confirmed that Ridgeline Games, led by Halo co-creator Marcus Lehto, will be in charge of developing the next game’s campaign. The news arrives in light of Respawn head Vince Zampella leading the charge on the future of the Battlefield franchise.
Ridgeline Games recently confirmed that it would be developing the campaign for the next Battlefield game, though stopped short of sharing any more details about its setting or time period. EA announced its plans to make a “connected Battlefield universe” with recurring characters and events shared across multiple games. This would align the series closer to its primary shooter competitor, Call of Duty.
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In the statement provided by Ridgeline Games, Lehto stated:
“It is a great honor to have the opportunity to collaborate with DICE and Ripple Effect and lead the charge on expanding the narrative, storytelling, and character development opportunities in the Battlefield series.”
Battlefield 2042 released last year to an underwhelming reception from critics and fans. The game took a few missteps, including attempting to make a new “specialist” system that included 12 hero characters instead of random custom soldiers. This severely limited the options for players, especially since most matches involved 128 players meaning you’d likely see the same specialist a few times.
EA needed to go back to the drawing board for the future of the Battlefield franchise, which is where Zampella will presumably come in as the new overseer of the series.
In related news, Battlefield 2042 recently received the first details about Season 2: Master of Arms. Despite a dwindling player base, EA and developer DICE remain committed to updating the game.
Battlefield 2042 is now available for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.