Now that Battlefield 2042 is out, series design manager Fawzi Mesmar is leaving DICE and EA to take a new role elsewhere.
Battlefield 2042 has been out for almost a week, technically almost two weeks given that anyone who pre-ordered the Gold or Ultimate edition had early access to the game starting November 12, and its release has been pretty hectic. While it received mostly positive or average reviews from critics, the player base has been much more brutal. As of this writing, user reviews on Steam are overwhelmingly negative, with common complaints being some gameplay changes and a lack of content. And now it has been revealed that the Battlefield the design manager of the series abandons it.
According to VGC, Fawzi Mesmar, who has worked at DICE since 2019, announced in an internal email to staff that he would be leaving DICE and EA, thanking everyone for trusting him and describing his time as “absolute pleasure. “His resignation, however, is not brutal as he explains that he received an offer from another company, which was willing to wait until Battlefield 2042 Shipped. Mesmar says it was important for him to be with the team until this was done.
Mesmar did not say where he will work next, saying only that his new position is still based in Stockholm, Sweden, where DICE is located. He also did not specify who his successor will be, although he did discuss it with DICE chief executive Oskar Gabrielson. Its last day will be November 26.
Prior to joining DICE, Mesmar briefly worked as a game design consultant at Atlus for six months in 2011, before joining Gameloft as a senior game designer for three years. After that he worked for almost two years at enish, Inc. as Creative Director / Global Publishing Director, then joined the Activision King subsidiary in 2016. There he worked for three years in as a design director and was eventually promoted to studio director. .
At DICE, he oversaw not only the Battlefield games, but also Star Wars Battlefront 2. It was recently said that DICE has launched a third Star Wars Battlefront game to EA, but the idea was rejected due to licensing costs. Instead, the studio is already working on another Battlefield game, which is still in the early stages of development.
As for Battlefield 2042, the departure of Mesmar should not, hopefully, drastically affect Battlefield 2042 post-launch updates. DICE has commented on negative feedback from fans and shared some of its plans to deal with the complaints, with the first season of suitable content slated for early 2022.
Battlefield 2042 is available for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X / S.
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