It’s fair to say that Battlefield 2042 hasn’t lived up to expectations, with series fans disappointed at how short the game has fallen of pre-launch expectations. DICE has already started working on bringing the game up to scratch, but as the studio moves down that road, it’ll have to do so without one key leader of the development team.
As reported by VGC, DICE’s head of design, Fawzi Mesmar, has confirmed that he’ll be leaving the studio. Mesmar joined DICE in 2019, following which he worked on Battlefield 5 and Star Wars Battlefront 2, and was a key figure in the Battlefield 2042 development team.
In an email sent by Mesmar to DICE employees, he said that he had “been made an offer [he] couldn’t refuse at another company”, and now that Battlefield 2042 has launched, he will be moving on from his current position.
“I have been made an offer I couldn’t refuse at another company that has been kind enough to wait for me until we have shipped [Battlefield 2042],” Mesmar wrote in his email. “It was super important to me to be here with the team as we achieve this historical milestone.
“While Oskar [Gabrielson, studio GM] and myself have been discussing my succession plans for some time – and it will be announced in due course – we opted to delay this communication till after launch to keep the focus – rightfully so – on the game we’ve been putting a monumental amount of effort on.”
An EA spokesperson has also confirmed Mesmar’s departure in a statement to VGC, saying, “Fawzi Mesmar is leaving DICE at the end of the week. We wish him the best in his future endeavours.”
Battlefield 2042 is available on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One, and PC. You can read our review of the game through here.