EA DICE general manager Rebecka Coutaz has said that the company has no time for smaller projects, like Mirror’s Edge. Instead, the company is focussing on Battlefield.
In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Coutaz was asked if games like that are completely off the table for the time being. She said:
“Totally. We are only focusing on Battlefield 2042. There is no time for anything else and this is what we want to do. In three years, we want to be the first-person shooter powerhouse that DICE deserves to be, and that is what we’re going for.
“I want the team to be really proud about Battlefield 2042. That is what they are chasing and they have their heart and the passion there. We want to be really, really proud of DICE. We want DICE to be the number one spot for first-person shooter games in Europe, and one of the powerhouses in the world. It’s a fabulous team. We’re going to make magic together.”
Magic sounds good. But I can’t help but feel that games like Mirror’s Edge—which reminds us of DICE’s capabilities with single-player, far-out concepts—contain no small measure of magic themselves.
Battlefield 2042 launched last year, and it didn’t do very well. Chief Studios Officer Laura Miele said that the game “failed to meet the expectations of our players, and also clearly missed our own expectations.”