Battlefield 2042 is “fundamentally” redesigned by EA

Battlefield 2042 is "fundamentally" redesigned by EA

Since its release, Battlefield 2042 has been plagued by technical troubles and the sluggish deployment of further content, leading to a player exodus. However, publisher EA has stated that it will continue to improve the multiplayer shooter in the long run.

Battlefield 2042 is “fundamentally” redesigned by EA

“We take a long view here,” Wilson said. “This is one of the great franchises in our industry, built by one of the great teams in our industry, and our expectation is that it will continue to grow and be a really important part of our portfolio for many, many years to come.

In its most recent quarterly results call, EA addressed Battlefield 2042’s bad reception. When asked what the publisher plans to do with the shooter now that the recent 4.0 update hasn’t resulted in a major increase in player numbers, CEO Andrew Wilson stated he wants to add additional content to the game.

“We’ve got incredible leadership over at that team now. “They’re rethinking the development process from the ground up, and really using the Vince Zampella-slash-Respawn model of ‘get to the fun as quickly as possible’.”

“They’ve been doing thousands of updates for the community, working on quality of life and really getting the core game right,” Wilson said of the current Battlefield team.

Vince Zampella is the co-founder of Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward and Jedi: Fallen Order studio Respawn. He was given creative control of the entire Battlefield franchise back in December last year. He moved into the position around the time Oscar Gabrielson, the general manager of series developer Dice, left EA altogether.

“I think there’s still more work for us to do there and the team is committed to doing that work for the community.

“And beyond that, once we get to a place where we feel like we’re in the right place with the core experience and with the core game, then you should expect us to invest and grow beyond where the game is at today.”

Wilson’s comments echo those he made during EA’s last earnings report. He admitted that Battlefield 2042 “did not meet expectations” and suggested the Covid-19 pandemic had disrupted the development team’s testing and preparation. He also said EA was committed to improving the game through meaningful updates before Battlefield 2042’s delayed Season 1 launches in the middle of the year.

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