DICE Head of Design leaves following Battlefield 2042 launch

Fawzi Mesmar was responsible for looking after the Battlefield and Star Wars: Battlefront franchises for Electronic Arts and DICE.


Fawzi Mesmar is an award-winning designer that has played a pivotal role as the Head of Design over at DICE since 2019. He's been responsible for looking after two of DICE's biggest franchises, Battlefield and Star Wars: Battlefront. However, following the release of Battlefield 2042, Mesmar confirmed that he's going to leave DICE in favor of a company that made him an offer that he "couldn't refuse".

The Battlefield and Star Wars: Battlefront franchises just lost its head of design.

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Where does Mesmar's departure leave Battlefield 2042?

It's unfortunate that the game's head of design had to leave just as it needs a lot of support.

According to VGC, Mesmar's departure was announced via email. The contents of the email revealed that Mesmar had already planned to leave DICE well before Battlefield 2042 was shipped. However, the former King studio director was able to negotiate with his new company so that he could leave once he'd finished working on EA and DICE's latest shooter. Mesmer's resignation from DICE is official as of November 26.

Battlefield 2042 fans don't have to worry about Mesmar's departure. The former Head of Design at DICE clarified that there is a succession plan already in place. This means that business will be as usual over at DICE even if he's already gone.

Battlefield 2042 is currently under heavy fire from fans and critics alike. After making the game available for early access last November 12 before its official release on November 19, the public perception of Battlefield 2042 has only gotten worse. At the moment, Battlefield 2042 is one of the worst games on Steam with over 50,000 "mostly negative" reviews from dissatisfied users.

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In a previous report, we described Battlefield 2042 as a "broken mess" and we stand by it. If it's any consolation, DICE detailed last Tuesday its plans for all the "new content coming to Battlefield 2042" after it confirmed that it was going to be "supporting and evolving [Battlefield 2042] for years to come."

Coincidentally, Battlefield 2042 isn't the only big-time shooter that's struggling. Activision's Call of Duty: Vanguard also saw a steep drop-off in sales in the UK, which gave birth to rumors that Activision was reconsidering its current release cycle. On the other hand, 343 Industries is also struggling to keep hackers and cheaters off of Halo Infinite after releasing the free-to-play multiplayer component earlier this month.

Ray Ampoloquio
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