With Star Wars Battlefront shipped, portions of the DICE development team are shifting over to Battlefield 5. That includes development director Dan Vanderlind.
Now that we’ve shipped Battlefront and a part of the team continues to work on it, I am moving on to another project, the next Battlefield..
— Dan Vaderlind (@mrVaderdan) December 11, 2015
This isn’t unusual. Star Wars Battlefront development has shifted to game balance and making DLC. Many of the folks who built the game are no longer needed now that it has shipped. That’s why DICE is shifting them to another game.
What we know about Battlefield 5
With no official announcement yet, we don’t know much. It was first announced in October 2014 during an EA conference call with investors. CEO Andrew Wilson said we should expect the next Battlefield title in Q3 FY17. Translation? Around October-December 2016.
At the 2014 UBS Global Technology Conference, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen said he had already seen the game and it “will be a return to a Battlefield military-style game.” Good. Sorry Battlefield Hardline, no one wants to play a Battlefield game that doesn’t have tanks, jets and all the things that make Battlefield, Battlefield.
I just have one request, DICE. Please no jet packs.
What kind of features would you like to see in Battlefield 5? Let me know in the comments.
Follow DICE LA’s lead and everything will be fine
Battlefield 4’s launch was atrocious. Everyone knows that. But beneath the bugs and server issues is still my favorite shooter to come out in recent years. And a support studio of EA continues to make it my favorite shooter. DICE LA.
They helped iron out all the bugs and created great expansion packs. They even went the extra mile and tapped the community for help in creating the Operation Outbreak map. And they continue to deploy major patches that address issues raised by the community. There’s a reason more than 100,000 people are playing online right now and DICE LA is it.
DICE LA’s handling of Battlefield 4 is probably going to land them a game of their own. Back in October, EA Studios Executive Vice President Patrick Soderlund told IGN it’s “highly likely” the studio will have its own projects soon. EA CEO also had nothing but praise for DICE LA. “I have no doubt that DICE LA will be building their game at some point, because it’s a really, really passionate group of people.”
With 2016 fast approaching, it won’t be long before we start hearing more about Battlefield 5.