December 3, 2021

DICE’s head of design leaves studio in wake of Battlefield 2042’s launch


Briefly: Fawzi Mesmar, DICE’s head of design who was a part of the Battlefield and Star Wars: Battlefront franchises, is leaving the corporate within the wake of Battlefield 2042’s disastrous launch, although he says the transfer has been deliberate for a very long time.

VGC studies that Mesmar introduced his departure to workers in an electronic mail revealing he had been planning to go away DICE for an additional firm following the discharge of Battlefront 2042.

“It was an absolute pleasure to serve on the very best design groups within the galaxy,” Mesmar wrote in his message. “The unimaginable design work that you simply do continues to encourage me day-after-day. Thanks for placing some religion in me, I hope I did not disappoint.”

“I’ve been made a proposal I could not refuse at one other firm that has been type sufficient to attend for me till we now have shipped [Battlefield 2042]. It was tremendous necessary to me to be right here with the staff as we obtain this historic milestone.”

Mesmar had beforehand been the studio director, manufacturing & sport design at Sweet Crush maker King earlier than taking over a place as DICE’s head of design in September 2019, the place he labored on the likes of Star Wars Battlefront II and Battlefield V.

“Whereas Oskar [Gabrielson, studio GM] and myself have been discussing my succession plans for a while – and will probably be introduced sooner or later – we opted to delay this communication until after launch to maintain the main target – rightfully so – on the sport we have been placing a monumental quantity of effort on,” Mesmar added.

Sadly for Mesmar, his ultimate venture at DICE, Battlefield 2042, launched with so many points and lacking options that it shortly grew to become one of many worst Steam video games of all time as ranked by consumer critiques; over 40,000 of the sport’s 57,000 critiques are destructive. The sport’s second replace, which arrived in the present day, addresses some important server points and tightens bullet unfold, improves zooming, and extra, although there are nonetheless a lot extra issues to repair.

Mesmar’s final day at DICE shall be tomorrow, November 26. His subsequent place, which is at the moment unknown, may even be based mostly within the Swedish capital of Stockholm.

Make certain to take a look at our Battlefield 2042 CPU Benchmark that includes 128-Participant Battles and the way 30 completely different GPUs deal with the sport.

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