EA enlists Dead Space remake team to work on next Battlefield game

Digital Arts is including Motive Studio, the team behind Star Wars: Squadrons and the 2023 remake of Dead Space, to the roster of builders working on the next Battlefield game. Byron Beede, basic supervisor for the Battlefield franchise, and Patrick Klaus, basic supervisor of Motive, announced the formation of a Battlefield-focused team at Motive on Tuesday — an announcement that additionally signaled the tip of seasonal content material for Battlefield 2042.

Motive might be one among 4 studios working on the Battlefield franchise alongside DICE, Criterion, and Ripple Impact. EA lately introduced the closure of Ridgeline Video games, a studio established in 2021 to work on narrative-focused Battlefield content material. Some employees at Ridgeline have been moved to Ripple Impact.

“We have an ambitious vision to embrace and unlock the vast potential of the series’ class-based squadplay and immersive, intense battles,” Beede mentioned, noting that a number of EA-owned studios are creating “connected multiplayer experiences and single-player” content material set within the Battlefield franchise.

Battlefield 2042’s present and seventh season, Turning Level, might be its final, Beede confirmed. “After Season 7 concludes, we will continue to support the game with new in-game challenges, events, modes, and of course, ongoing maintenance, but we are moving away from delivering official seasons,” he mentioned. “We know this news may be disappointing. However, as we looked at what the future of the series required, it became clear it was time for us to shift our resources and focus to be fully dedicated to what comes next.”

The Motive team working on Battlefield might be led by Philippe Ducharme and Roman Campos-Oriola, administrators of the Dead Space remake, Klaus said.

Klaus famous Motive’s beforehand introduced Iron Man mission will proceed, led by Olivier Proulx and Ian Frazier. “Iron Man is an important priority for Motive, and I’m very proud of the work we’ve accomplished so far,” Klaus mentioned. The untitled Iron Man game was revealed in 2022 as “an all-new single-player, third-person, action-adventure.” EA can be working with Marvel on a Black Panther game.

The formation of a Battlefield-focused team inside Motive brings the way forward for the lately revived Dead Space franchise into query. Polygon reached out to EA for clarification on what Tuesday’s announcement means for Dead Space, however a spokesperson referred us again to Beede and Klaus’ statements. EA has not introduced any further titles in improvement at Motive, together with a possible remake of Dead Space 2.

Digital Arts mentioned in 2021, shortly after the launch of Battlefield 2042, that it was handing the reins of the Battlefield franchise to Vince Zampella, co-founder of Apex Legends and Titanfall developer Respawn Leisure. A number of months later, EA CEO Andrew Wilson described the change as a part of “rethinking the [Battlefield] development process from the ground up” and a plan to construct a “connected Battlefield universe.”

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