EA doesn’t want to turn DICE into a “Battlefield factory,” explains EA Games’ vice-president Patrick Soderlund.
Speaking with OXM via VG247, EA’s Patrick Soderlund stated in regards to the risks associated with launching a new IP, such as Mirror’s Edge. “Well it depends, right? Maybe it is [risky] and maybe it isn’t. It’s also important for us – the DICE guys are roughly 300 people in the Stockholm studio; not all of them are working on Battlefield things, and that’s intentional, because we don’t want to become a Battlefield factory.”
He goes on to say, “the minute we start saying ‘you’re going to make a Battlefield game for the rest of your life’, they’re going to go some place else. So for them to make great Battlefield games there need to be other things for them to do as well. That’s why we have people who move around quite a bit. And then obviously we have a boatload of people that just want to make Battlefield because they love it.
One rumor has resurfaced since the interview with Patrick was published is that DICE is currently also working on Mirror’s Edge 2. According to a tweet via PCGamesN from former general manager of EA’s Easy Studio Ben Cousins, who currently works at ngmoco Sweden, “it is general knowledge in the Stockholm dev scene that Mirror’s Edge 2 is in production at DICE.”
Only Battlefield 4 and the rest of Battlefield 3’s expansion packs are confirmed to be in development at DICE.