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Respawn chief Zampella heading up Battlefield as Gabrielson leaves DICE

Respawn chief Zampella heading up Battlefield as Gabrielson leaves DICE

The head of Respawn and DICE LA Vince Zampella (pictured) has been promoted to head up DICE's Battlefield franchise.

As reported by GameSpot, the development vet is being put in charge of the shooter series, seemingly in addition to his role heading up Ripple Effect, previously DICE LA. This news comes as DICE VP and general manager Oskar Gabrielson has decided to leave the studio after nine years at the company. He joined the Stockholm-based developer back in 2012 as GM and executive producer, before being promoted to VP and general manager in 2016.

Replacing Gabrielson at the DICE helm is Ubisoft veteran Rebecka Coutaz, who previously headed up the French publishing giant's Annecy office.

"[Zampella] creates culture-defining entertainment that [resonates] beyond games," EA COO Laura Miele said.

"We are bringing one of the most influential and talented individuals in entertainment to a franchise that is ready to be unleashed into the modern era of gaming. It's an extraordinary inflection point in game history.

"His ability to lead studios and bring developers together so they can create world-class experiences is unmatched. I believe the structure, process, and vision he brings will enable Battlefield to excel like never before. No one knows shooters and live services better than Vince."

Gabrielson added on Twitter: "My last decade with the team at DICE has been nothing short of amazing. There have just been so many great memories working with our teams. But I have now made one of the hardest decisions of my life, to leave DICE and Electronic Arts."

All of this comes in the wake of the less-than-stellar launch of Battlefield 2042, which debuted last month. DICE's head of design, Fawzi Mesmar, also recently departed to join Ubisoft as VP of editorial.

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