Ridgeline Games is the new studio working on Battlefield campaign
Following the recent release of Battlefield 2042 Season 2, Electronic Arts finally revealed the name of its new Seattle studio that will create a “narrative campaign set in the Battlefield universe.”
Halo co-creator Marcus Lehto will lead Ridgeline Games in developing the new Battlefield campaign, which will “engage fans in new and exciting ways while remaining true to the classic elements of the series,” according to Battlefield GM Byron Beede.
Ridgeline rounds out the suite of studios, led by Respawn’s Vince Zampella, that will work on games set in a “connected Battlefield universe.” DICE will “continue developing Battlefield’s one-of-a-kind multiplayer suite” as it chugs along with 2042, but Battlefield Portal studio Ripple Effect seems to be shifting gears. The studio formerly known as DICE LA is “focused on creating an entirely new Battlefield experience that will complement and build upon the series’ foundations.” Meanwhile, Industrial Toys continues its work on Battlefield Mobile.
The announcement also mentions that longtime creative director Lars Gustavsson, who’s worked at DICE since Battlefield 1942, has left the studio. Between Gustavsson’s exit, Zampella and ex-Call of Duty GM Beede taking over the franchise, and Lehto controlling the narrative direction of the franchise, it’s clear now—as if it wasn’t already—that EA is making some big changes to Battlefield.
Hopefully those changes will lead to fun Battlefield experiences, and it’s nice to see that EA is once again “all-in on Battlefield.” Still, there’s only one thing that Battlefield fans want, and that’s a great Battlefield game. The franchise has a lot to prove.
All the while, DICE continues its uphill battle on 2042. Recently, it announced plans to cram the Specialists back into a more traditional class-based system. However, DICE confirmed that one legacy feature 2042 will not get is a server browser in All-Out Warfare.
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