Battlefield’s long-time support studio is reportedly back working on the series
DICE LA was previously said to be pursuing its own independent project
Support studio DICE LA is reportedly back working on the Battlefield series.
As reported by MP1st, DICE LA design director Justin Wiebe confirmed the news on social media this weekend, stating that he was “thrilled” to be working on the franchise.
DICE LA was formed in May 2013, from the remnants of EA’s Danger Close Games. The studio has historically acted as a support studio for DICE’s main headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, creating DLC and post-launch content for Battlefield 4, Battlefield 1 and others.
In its previous iterations as Danger Close and DreamWorks Interactive, the studio had worked on the Medal of Honour series of games.
Last year EA claimed that Respawn Entertainment CEO Vince Zampella was to take charge of DICE LA and rebrand it as its own independent entity, ahead of the release of a new game of its own.
“We will probably rebrand [DICE LA],” Zampella told the LA Times. “We want to give it a new image. We want people to say, ‘This is a destination you can go and make new content.’”
However, this week’s tweet suggests the studio is back working on Battlefield. While Wiebe didn’t outright confirm the title in question was Battlefield 6, it’s likely since EA is currently ramping up towards the release of the shooter.
Electronic Arts has said that DICE is “way ahead” of schedule with development of Battlefield 6 as the publisher gears up to reveal the title this spring.
“Our next Battlefield experience will mark a return to all-out military warfare,” EA CEO Andrew Wilson said during the company’s third quarter earnings call this month.
“The game takes full advantage of the power of next-generation platforms to bring massive immersive battles to life with more players than ever before.
“Featuring maps with unprecedented scale, the next edition of Battlefield takes all the destruction, player agency, vehicle and weapon combat that the franchise is known for and elevates it to another level.
“The team is focused and the game is ahead of our internal milestones,” Wilson added. “We will reveal the game in the spring and deliver a defining Battlefield experience for our players in holiday 2021.”
It was claimed last year that Battlefield 6’s multiplayer maps were being designed to support increased player counts.
That’s according to Tom Henderson, a reputable Call of Duty leaker who previously said DICE’s upcoming shooter would centre on modern day military combat – a claim later backed up by VentureBeat journalist Jeff Grubb.
Henderson, who is the CEO of production company and social media agency Viral Junkie, claimed the new Battlefield game’s “maps have been designed with 128+ players in mind”.