The creators of the hit Battlefield franchise have just lost one of its top designers today. David Goldfarb, who worked on titles such as Battlefield: Bad Company 2 as well as Battlefield 3, is no longer a part of the Sweedish-based DICE Studios.
The news comes from Kotaku, where Goldfarb divulges that, “It was time to move on for me.” He assures fans of the series, though, that they “have nothing to worry about” regarding the future. EA has yet to comment on the departure as of the time of this posting and how it might impact future titles.
As for what Goldfarb plans to do next, according to his personal blog it will either be working on a film script or continue writing his strange and interesting sounding ‘Biblepunk’ novel.
“Today and yesterday I worked on cleaning up and reframing chapter 1 and 2. Mostly what this was was coming to grips with the old style of the book, which is this thing a friend of mine called ‘Biblepunk’ for lack of a better word. Or Old Testament noir. Anyway. It’s weird, and it’s especially weird revisiting it as a writer and being like, how the hell am I going to get myself back in that creative headspace again.”
So it appears that Goldfarb is done with realistic military shooters. The question is, though, who will DICE hire to replace him? It certainly must put a lot of pressure on the studio now, but I’m sure they can find someone new, and maybe they might even take the series into an entirely new direction. We’ll just have to wait and see.