EA’s new development team brings its vision to the franchise.
The Battlefield franchise is one of the most popular first-person shooters since Battlefield 1942 was first launched in 2002. The franchise was primarily developed by Swedish game developer EA DICE, but in a recent press release posted on EA’s news page, it was announced that a new company would join the development team for a future. Battlefield Game. Ridgeline Games is the newest member of EA’s roster of more than 20 development teams worldwide, and they hope to regain the popularity of the franchise.
Ridgeline Games is based in the mountains of Kirkland, Washington and run by Marcus Lehto, the co-creator of the immensely popular Halo. The team is apparently also made up of gaming industry veterans and is always looking to grow. Lehto described the company as interested in pursuing the type of business that values diverse voices and work-life balance. Considering how many other video game companies have been criticized for being, among other descriptors, sexist and encouraging culture grinding, this is a positive note for the company that shows it’s heading into the future. of the culture of the game. They also have a very poetic vision of the location and the mission of their company. Surrounded by the mountains that inspired the company’s name, Ridgeline Games says their environment reminds them of “work [they] to do to reach the top and how [they] aim for this beauty in everything [they] do.”
As a game developer and head of the company, Lehto expressed his excitement to work with DICE and Ripple Effect to create a story-driven game in the Battlefield universe. They plan to expand the types of narrative adventures that are only possible in the Battlefield universe. Vince Zampella, the founder of Respawn and the Battlefield franchise also weighed in on the decision, saying:
“We continue to invest in the future of the franchise by bringing in new talent and perspectives. With Marcus and his team at Ridgeline Games joining the world-class global team we already have in place, Battlefield is in the best position to succeed.
Vince Zampella, EA News
Why change companies after years of great games? Well, the last in the franchise was a huge disappointment. Battlefield 2042 was the first game that propelled the franchise into the future, but it was riddled with bugs from the start. It received a ton of negative reviews, even reaching “extremely negative” status on Steam, and many fans described the formula as “starts to feel stale and uninspired.” With so many disgruntled users, it only makes sense that they choose a team with a new take on games. Most gamers are no longer looking for the senseless violence and cool graphics. At the bare minimum, the game should also be functional, but yes, a good story wouldn’t hurt!
We are excited to see what they offer! Who doesn’t love a redemption story?