The coldly received Battlefield 2042 has only just debuted, and Electronic Arts (the game's publisher) is already making plans for the future of the series. Most importantly, from now on Vince Zampella, co-founder of Respawn Entertainment, will be overseeing the next installments of the series after the departure of Fawzi Mesmar - former head of design at EA DICE. In an interview with GameSpot Zampella announced that the new goal of the company is to create a functioning Battlefield universe, which will be worked on by studios located both in the U.S. and Europe:
"From that foundation our teams will create new experiences that expand the Battlefield universe. So I wouldn't say there is a cadence or deadline, we need to do what is right for our players and our game."
In addition to his new position, Zampella will continue in his current leadership role at Respawn. This will include overseeing the development of Apex Legends and the studio's other unannounced projects, one of which is likely to be a sequel to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
Additionally, Oskar Gabrielson, general manager of EA DICE, is also leaving to take on a new venture outside of the EA brands. He is to be replaced by Rebecka Coutaz, who previously served as studio manager at Ubisoft Annecy (responsible for the recent Riders Republic, among other things).
What's interesting, Marcus Lehto - the man responsible for the design of Master Chief from the Halo series - is at the moment creating a completely new team in Seattle, which is to focus on implementing more narrative to the future titles from the Battlefield universe and future seasons of Battlefield 2042. Ripple Effect Studios, which is responsible for the Portal mode, will be creating new content for this project.
In addition, EA will be increasing the number of developers working on the Battlefield series. DICE, Ripple Effect Studios and the mysterious Lehto will all be working on improving Battlefield 2042 and other projects set in the BF universe that are in development at the moment will serve as expansions of sorts. One of these is probably Battlefield Mobile, but who knows, we may even get a full-fledged Battlefield strategy game or possibly Bad Company 3?