In short: Fawzi Mesmar, the head of design for DICE, which was part of the Battlefield and Star Wars: Battlefront franchises, is leaving the company after the disastrous launch of Battlefield 2042, although he says the move has been a long time ago.
VGC reports that Mesmar announced his departure to employees in an email stating that he was planning to leave DICE for another company after the release of Battlefront 2042.
“It was an absolute pleasure to work on the best design teams in the galaxy,” Mesmar wrote in his message. “The incredible design work you do continues to inspire me every day. Thank you for believing in me, I hope I did not disappoint. “
“I got an offer I couldn’t refuse at another company that was kind enough to wait for me until we send [Battlefield 2042]… It was very important for me to be here with the team as we reach this historic milestone. “
Previously, Mesmar served as director of studio, production and game design at King, which manufactures Candy Crush, and in September 2019 he was appointed head of design for DICE, where he worked on games such as Star Wars Battlefront II and Battlefield V.
“Bye Oscar [Gabrielson, studio GM] and I’ve been discussing my succession plans for a while now – and this will be announced in due course – we decided to postpone this communication until launch to focus – rightly – on the game that we have invested a tremendous amount into, ”added Mesmar.
Unfortunately for Mesmar, his latest DICE project, Battlefield 2042, launched with so many issues and missing features that it quickly became one of the worst Steam games of all time, according to user ratings; more than 40,000 out of 57,000 reviews of the game are negative. The second game update released today fixes some critical server issues and reduces bullet spread, improves scaling, and more, although there are still many issues that need to be fixed.
Mesmar’s last day at DICE will be tomorrow, November 26th. His next position, which is currently unknown, will also be based in the Swedish capital Stockholm.
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