Fawzi Mesmar, chief designer of Battlefield and Star Wars: Battlefront, has announced his departure from DICE, as he has learned VGC. His departure from the Swedish studio comes just days after the premiere of Battlefield 2042, received with mixed opinions from critics; although with almost twice as many players as Battlefield V at its premiere.
An irrefutable offer
According to the information, Mesmar has addressed all his colleagues directly through an internal email in which he explicitly states that there was an offer involved “that I could not refuse”. Aware of this job opportunity, which was apparently going to allow him to take a leap in his professional career, the designer contacted the head of the Electronic Arts subsidiary studio, Oskar Gabrielson, to let him know of an exit that had been brewing since long time. There was a deal: his departure could not occur before the premiere of the long-awaited Battlefield 2042.
However, Fawzi Mesmar leaves DICE with the job done, although it is unknown what his destiny will be and, most importantly for the team, who will be the person who will replace him as head of design.
The news comes just in the same week that we have seen the departure of Matt Goldman, creative director of the new Dragon Age, who had been with the Canadian firm for more than two decades.
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Source | VGC