EA places Apex Legends boss in command of Battlefield as a part of inner shakeup
EA is making an enormous change to the administration of the Battlefield franchise by placing Vince Zampella, the CEO of Titanfall and Apex Legends-maker Respawn Leisure, in command of the collection, in response to a GameSpot article revealed Thursday.
Alongside Zampella’s new oversight of the franchise, EA plans to construct an interconnected Battlefield universe, he informed GameSpot. To assist assist that, EA is creating a brand new Seattle-based group targeted on “injecting extra storytelling into the Battlefield universe” headed up by Halo veteran Marcus Lehto, whereas Ripple Impact, which made Battlefield 2042’s customizable Portal mode, is engaged on a “new Battlefield expertise within the Battlefield 2042 universe.”
The modifications arrive shortly after the November nineteenth worldwide launch of Battlefield 2042, which has been rocky. The multiplayer-only sport launched with some vital bugs, and EA has launched three main updates in an try to wash issues up. However the Battlefield 2042’s Steam participant rely has already dropped 70 % for the reason that launch, which could possibly be a worrying sign that persons are already shifting on from one in every of EA’s largest titles of the 12 months.
Zampella’s new function may point out that EA desires to inject a few of what’s made the free-to-play battle royale shooter Apex Legends so profitable into the Battlefield franchise. Whereas Zampella didn’t affirm to GameSpot that Battlefield will likely be going free-to-play, he did say EA is “exploring each chance.” And as each Apex Legends and Battlefield are coming to smartphones, maybe EA is contemplating related methods for increasing every collection.
As a part of the shakeup, Cube’s GM, Oskar Gabrielson, is departing the corporate to “pursue a brand new endeavor outdoors of EA,” in response to GameSpot. “I’ll be right here to assist the transition over the subsequent few months earlier than I head out on my new journey,” Gabrielson stated on Twitter.