Battlefield 2042 failed a few weeks after its release. Call of Duty creator Vince Zampella had to take command of the Battlefield franchise. It’s clear in conversation with investors: EA believes Zampella can still save the game.
November 19, 2021 was the official release of Battlefield 2042 for all players. Only a few weeks later, on December 2, EA apparently realized the game was a failure.
Oskar Gabrielson, longtime Battlefield developer and general manager at DICE, was officially replaced by Vince Zampella that day.
Zampella is an absolute legend in developer circles. The “Call of Duty” franchise was not only invented, thus it is also called “CoDfather”. He was also the co-founder of development studio Respawn Entertainment, which is currently celebrating huge success with Apex Legends and brought in a lot of money for EA.
In conversation with investors, it becomes clear how much EA is thinking about Zampella. CEO Andrew Wilson hinted at how much freedom EA is giving developers to reinvent Battlefield 2042. And they’re still hoping for plenty of shooter failure.
In our podcast we talked about the failure of Battlefield 2042:
EA CEO Says Vince Zampella/Respawn Model Will Save Battlefield 2042
Although EA internally regards Battlefield 2042 as a failure to meet expectations, they are not giving up on the game. Internally, Halo and apparently demanding PC gamers have also been identified as an issue for Battlefield 2042’s disastrous state.
As PC Gamer reports, EA hasn’t given up on Battlefield 2042 or the franchise as a whole. They are taking a long-term view with Battlefield, CEO Andrew Wilson reportedly said in his latest fourth-quarter investor phone call.
[Battlefield] It is one of the greatest franchises in our industry, built by one of the best teams in our industry, and we expect it to continue to grow and be an important part of our portfolio for many years to come.
Andrew Wilson CEO of EA
Especially since Vince Zampella is considered a great hope. Since taking over as President of Battlefield in December 2021, “the development process has reportedly been turned upside down.” “Through thousands of updates to the community, ‘quality of life’ has been worked out and the essence of the game has been conveyed,” Wilson says.
Thus, the game was completely transformed into the “Vince Zampella / Respawn model” with which Apex Legends was such a hit. Wilson sums it up as a simple design philosophy: “Get fun as quickly as possible.”
‘CodFather’ Zampella seems to be getting all the liberties to get Battlefield 2042 back on track. If this model achieves the hoped-for success, more investments must be made in Battlefield. Wilson says:
I think there’s more work to be done, and the team is committed to doing that work for the community. […] Once we feel we are in the right place with experience and the core game, you should expect us to invest and grow beyond in terms of the game today.
Andrew Wilson CEO of EA
What do you think? With Apex Legends philosophy, can Vince Zampella save the game? Or is the game beyond saving? Tell us in the comments.
A small superficial innovation that made at least parts of society happy again:
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