There have been many mixed opinions out there about Battlefield 2042 since its release a little while back, but that isn’t deterring Electronic Arts from maintaining a strong future surrounding the game, as well as the franchise as a whole.
Today, the company announced it will begin building a universe around 2042 and the Battlefield franchise as a whole, with several studios across the U.S. and Europe working on new content for it. Those details weren’t broken down, but part of that does include story and narrative for the series, something 2042 was sorely lacking.
DICE GM Oskar Gabrielson’s recently departure from EA has forced its hand, with Respawn’s Vince Zampella stepping in as the overall head of the Battlefield franchise. In addition, Halo designer Marchus Lehto is also on board, though his role in the series isn’t quite known just yet.
The developers of Battlefield 2042’s Portal mode, Ripple Effect, are also building something new, though, again, not detailed just yet. Byron Beede, who serves as a member of the long term strategy and business decisions guy for the franchise, noted, “While (Lehto) 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. 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.”
Meanwhile, Zampella will continue to head up Respawn while also doing double duty on the Battlefield franchise. Chief operating officer Laura Miele feels he’s the right man for the job.
“He creates culture-defining entertainment that resonates 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,” Miele explained. “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.”
It sounds very ambitious for the most part, but the first thing the publisher needs to do is right the ship with 2042, which many fans are critical of. With that, it is introducing a new skin pack that will bring characters into the game…including Santa Claus. Yep, Santa’s coming to town to clean house, along with “holiday” skins for helicopters and tanks.
Some fans have already sounded off on the “lameness” of these skins, though DICE seems confident in them. “We also create unique cosmetics for single time use in
special Battlefield Portal modes to further enhance the fantasy in special events. Throughout our live service, you may occasionally encounter these mode locked cosmetics, which don’t impact the rest of the game.”
We’ll see what happens, we suppose. Battlefield 2042 is available now, and you can read our review here.
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