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EA Makes Major Changes at DICE and Other Devs Following Rocky Battlefield 2042 Launch

EA Makes Major Changes at DICE and Other Devs Following Rocky Battlefield 2042 Launch - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 December 2021 / 4,152 Views

Electronic Arts is making major changes at developer DICE following the rock launch of Battlefield 2042.

GameSpot is reporting DICE general manager Oskar Gabrielson is leaving the company, while Respawn Etnertainment's Vince Zampella will be the new overall boss on the Battlefield franchise.

Halo designer Marcus Lehto is building a new studio in Seattle focused on adding more story into the Battlefield universe. The developer of Battlefield 2042's Portal mode, Ripple Effect, will be developing a new Battlefield experience set in the universe of Battlefield 2042.

EA Makes Major Changes at DICE Following Rocky Battlefield 2042 Launch

EA has told GameSpot DICE, Ripple Effect, and Lehto's new studio will be working together to improve and expand Battlefield 2042. There is also the creation of a Battlefield universe that will span multiple games and other media.

Byron Beede, the Call of Duty veteran hired earlier this year to grow Battlefield, said Lehto and his team will work to grow the narrative in Battlefield 2042 with different experiences. This will lay the foundation for "storytelling opportunities now and well into the future." 

"While he and his team in the Seattle area are just getting started on building the Battlefield world of tomorrow, their work will shape later seasons for 2042 and beyond," Beede said. "This new studio will act as the driver for narrative in tight collaboration with DICE and Ripple Effect Studios to help build great player experiences in the Battlefield universe."

Ripple Effect will continue to support the Battlefield 2042 Portal while it works on a new experience in the Battlefield 2042 universe.

EA Makes Major Changes at DICE Following Rocky Battlefield 2042 Launch

EA chief operating officer Laura Miele speaking about Zampella said, "He creates culture-defining entertainment that resonants beyond games. We are bringing one of the most influential and talented individuals in entertainment to a franchise that is ready to be unleashed into the modern era of gaming. It's an extraordinary inflection point in game history.

"His ability to lead studios and bring developers together so they can create world-class experiences is unmatched. I believe the structure, process, and vision he brings will enable Battlefield to excel like never before. No one knows shooters and live services better than Vince."

Miele believes the right team is now in place to grow the Battlefield franchise.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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8 Comments
Dante9 (on 03 December 2021)

Are we starting to see the effects of "inclusivity" taking over instead of merit based hiring? The focus is on the wrong things.

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shikamaru317 (on 02 December 2021)

This doesn't sound good at all. Vince Zampella's Ripple Effect Studios was supposed to work on a new IP after they finished their job supporting Battlefield 2042, now instead of a new IP he has been put in charge of the whole Battlefield series and will be developing a new Battlefield game. Meanwhile, the new studio which Marcus Lehto, the former Halo Bungie lead, founded in Seattle, which was previously expected to be working on a new shooter IP, will instead be working on a Battlefield singleplayer story based experience. So we've gone from 2 new IP's to no new IP's. Meanwhile we recently got a report that EA execs shot down Star Wars Battlefront 3 when some DICE devs pitched it to them. EA is going all in on Battlefield just like Activision is going all in on CoD, and I'm not a fan of it.

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gtotheunit91 (on 02 December 2021)

Vince Zampella may be the perfect fit for this! His responsibilities have skyrocketed since leaving Infinity Ward.

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Azzanation (on 02 December 2021)

To be fair, Dice has been stuffing it up lately.

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Pemalite Azzanation (on 03 December 2021)

So has Bioware.
I would say it's just an EA thing, but Blizzard, CD Project Red and more have been dropping all the balls at the moment.

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Chazore (on 02 December 2021)

Sounds like it's going to get a few changes, some content and then be put on life support until the next BF.

I remember how they treated 5, and how that didn't perform to their expectations, I imagine the same is going to happen to 2042.

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gtotheunit91 Chazore (on 02 December 2021)

I wouldn't be surprised if DICE puts out one more troubled BF game leading to poor sales that EA will shut the studio down and hand the reins to Respawn or create an entirely new studio

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Chazore gtotheunit91 (on 03 December 2021)

The track record makes it sound like they want to shut them down and blame it entirely on them.

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