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Battlefield studio closed in EA restructuring

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EA's major restructuring, revealed this Wednesday (28), will see almost 700 layoffs, at least one game canceled and also a studio closing its doors. Ridgeline Games, which was created in 2021 to work on “a narrative campaign in the Battlefield universe”has been closed.

A curious detail is that Marcus Lehto, co-founder of the studio and co-creator of Halo, had announced last week that he was leaving the company. Now he used the social network X to mourn the layoffs: “It’s a punch in the gut,” wrote the executive, who highlighted the “talent” and “value” of the devs for the Battlefield franchise.

With the change, some employees will be laid off and others will be reassigned, according to the VGC. One part will go to Criterion, which will be responsible for running the upcoming Battlefield single-player campaign, and the other will go to Ripple Effect.

“Our vision for Battlefield is ambitious and exciting. The project is progressing significantly, thanks to the strong leadership of Vince Zampella and Byron Beede, and the dedicated studios committed to building a platform our fans will love. As part of this change, we will be closing Ridgeline as an independent studio in Seattle, with some team members joining Ripple Effect. They will continue to work with teams across DICE, Ripple and Criterion as they develop the next experience,” said Laura Miele, president of EA.

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