As DICE has finally managed to put out its first content drop for Battlefield 2042, the studio's new general manager has spoken with GamesIndustry.biz about the studio's future. Within the interview, GM Rebecka Coutaz insists that the team's core focus remains on the latest Battlefield entry, and that it doesn't really have time for other projects right now.
"We are only focusing on Battlefield 2042. There is no time for anything else and this is what we want to do. In three years, we want to be the first-person shooter powerhouse that DICE deserves to be, and that is what we're going for."
What that next three years consists of for DICE, remains to be seen. Reports have already circulated that the new Battlefield is in pre-production, which could mean that not all of the team's focus is on 2042. Having said that, the developer has committed to at least four seasons worth of content for 2021's game, something it seems intent on delivering on, along with other general improvements.
"So we want to improve the core gameplay experience and that is what we have focused on. And now, as you might know, we just released season one, and we have good feedback. The players are enjoying our map and the content that we have provided, so it's a win for us and it makes us feel better.
The team is here to make Battlefield, and they're passionate about Battlefield. We have many Battlefield veterans. So it's important for us to improve Battlefield 2042 and the experience that we can provide to our players. We owe them that."
Moving on from Battlefield, the interviewer also posed the question about other projects from DICE. Remember, this is the developer that delivered two Mirror's Edge games in and amongst all the Battlefield we've seen over the last few generations. For now, such projects are on the backburner at the Swedish development studio.
Given Battlefield 2042's disappointing launch, it's somewhat unfortunate the team isn't getting the chance to work on another Mirror's Edge, or even a new IP at this stage. It's understandable though, given EA still seems intent on dislodging Call of Duty's ever-firm grip on the premium, blockbuster AAA shooter market.
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