Battlefield 3 lead designer leaves DICE

David Goldfarb leaves Electronic Arts-owned Swedish shooter studio after working on Bad Company 2 and last October's modern FPS.

The Battlefield franchise has lost one of its top designers. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 3 lead designer David Goldfarb has told Kotaku that he has left DICE, the wholly owned Electronic Arts studio based in Stockholm, Sweden.

The future of Battlefield will be designed without Goldfarb.

"It was time to move on for me," Goldfarb told Kotaku. "Fans have nothing to worry about."

As of press time, EA had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment regarding what impact Goldfarb's departure from DICE could have on the Battlefield series.

Goldfarb did not reveal where he is headed, but his personal blog has been chronicling his work on a new "Biblepunk" work of fiction.

"Today and yesterday I worked on cleaning up and reframing chapter 1 and 2," he wrote. "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."

Battlefield 3 launched in October 2011 to a warm critical reception and has shipped more than 15 million copies since launch. A series of downloadable content offerings for the modern-day shooter are planned for 2012, the first of which--Close Quarters--is available today.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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spoty420
spoty420

Yea hers my advice to recons. Stick your controler were the sun don't shine.

franky111
franky111

I guess David wasn't a fan of EA's idea of COD-onizing Battlefield. Now we're going to start having alternating releases between Medal of Honor and Battlefield.(See "Battlefield 4 beta included with new Medal of Honor")

badtaker
badtaker

nobody wants to work with Ea :P

darkcomedian
darkcomedian

I don't know what the major complaints in these comments are about.....the multiplayer for Battlefield 3 on PC is pretty great.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Biblepunk? What, like Joseph and his hair of many colours?

madgame23
madgame23

I prefer this to BC2, yes origin and BF3 have issues but the problems that were in BC2 to me were worse.  I dont see what everyone here saw in BC2 but it sucked.  I do agree on the issue of the COD stuff.  They are trying to copy the pay as you go system in COD, but premium does have a longer shelf life than COD.  You get more with Premium than with Elite, however, its still a pay for play.  Either way, unless they force all current servers to use the premium system then you dont have to pay for anything.

HyabusaRyu
HyabusaRyu

probably because of ea milking of the bf franchise and all the premium shit !

Lotus-Edge
Lotus-Edge

Biblepunk?

Sounds fascinating....

ojugyujxsygrh
ojugyujxsygrh

EXCELLENT NEWS! Maybe the next BF game will actually be fun? Y'know like BF2 and 1942 were?

ender707
ender707

At least he waited about a month after the game was finally finished...I mean patched.

driftingsilvia
driftingsilvia

Best move he could have made was leave an EA owned company.

jookiyaya
jookiyaya

so will Arma 3 pwn Bf3? I cant wait! ^_^

ailecks
ailecks

after bf3 i left dice too

q-bert39
q-bert39

BF3 is a joke, and not for any serious FPS players. The hit detection system has to be the worst out of any FPS in a long time.

ragnar320
ragnar320

best of luck to you dude cause hoepfully were gonna get some awsome brand new FPS IP that will blow our minds

glassesboy
glassesboy

BF3 is not the best FPS shooter ever made...at least not on the PS3. The support in general has been a joke. By biggest gripe with it is the input lag! The beta had no input lag, but the final build has it? Then DICE claims it's our tv's....suuure.

 

Then all the freezing after the last patch. I can't say I'm the only one, as I play with friends allot and on MANY occasions, when I freeze, friends freeze as well. Very poor programing, or just simply rushed. I don't expect games to be 100% on launch, but it's been almost a year, and BF3 still feels like it's in beta.

 

Funny thing is, if I was a noob, I would have just told myself that, but I've put over 700 hours into it. I like the game, but there's too many stuff that turns me off everytime I start to enjoy it. Hopefully the next BF game will be more "finished".

Alucard_Prime
Alucard_Prime

Thankfully he worked on the incredible BF3 before his departure...good luck with your future endeavor sir. 

Aria1368
Aria1368

i feel very funny when people say BFBC2 was better, Battlefield 3 is by far the best FPS MP game ever created.

edhogan1224
edhogan1224

I think Battlefield 3 is trying to do too much, especially for PC players, I play on PC and i actually prefer BC2 because its so much more stable. I think this is partially because of EA's feeling that they always have to be in the game, even more so now with origin. I think the Bad Company series was a step away from traditional Battlefield, but IMO Battlefield 3 was close to bringing it back. I think this might actually turn out well for the future of Battlefield.

toshineon
toshineon

Put back whoever it was that designed BF2 as the lead designer, at least he knew what he was doing.

bliciant
bliciant

:O I really loved Battlefield: Bad Company 2 more than Battlefield 3, i know is a different story line but the gameplay felt so much better IMO.

-ArchAngeL-777-
-ArchAngeL-777-

Maybe they will get back to real Battlefield gameplay then, not this console COD wannabe stuff.

davedrastic
davedrastic

A warm critical response? Pretty sure Battlefield is 2nd to CoD, and Halo only. If that's warm, theres a serious problem with this industry.

 

And could Gamespot let us know what the eff Biblepunk is. Please.

NTM23
NTM23

He's probably going to Valve...

Wasdie
Wasdie moderator moderator

He's only worked on BC2 and BF3, the two games in the franchise that have felt the least like traditional Battlefield. Even BF 1943 on PSN and XBLA felt more like Battlefield. I'm sure this guy had something to do with it. 

spittis
spittis

"after working on Bad Company 2, last November's modern FPS."

 

You might want to fix that intro...

Cruisemissile
Cruisemissile

 @ojugyujxsygrh Don't count on it! it's more likely now to head in the direction of COD, god forbid! but that transition is already in place!

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

 @glassesboy Yeah, remember the last console gen, when devs actually finished their games, before releasing them?

 

Also I thought the PS3 version had an option to turn off anti-aliasing, which helps fix the input lag

TonnFool23
TonnFool23

 @Aria1368 lol nah I've been playing since 1942 and BFBC2 is faar better than BF3, I played BC2 longer than I played BF3 tbh. played the karkand map pack for a week then never touched it again. The Kill count system and any COD like feature in the game kills the game.

Nodashi
Nodashi

 @Aria1368 BFBC2 wasn't better. BF2 still have some better stuff than BF3 (specially more players and commander mode), but I think changes in the business model, not developer choices, removed those, so yeah, Mr. Goldfarb did an incredible job. 

edhogan1224
edhogan1224

 @Aria1368 BFBC2 is much more stable on PC than BF3, but BF3 is way better...when it works, that is. EA's Origin and the Battlelog system both create hell on PC's, even on my high end PC, Origin freezes up my computer for at least 30 secs when it first starts up, and until i recently disabled Origin "in game" there were tons of issues while playing online in BF3. BBC2 doesnt use either of the unnecssary programs, so BBC2 is a much more stable, hassle free choice and i think thats why more people say the like it better.

Sturmfuehrer_
Sturmfuehrer_

 @davedrastic Bible punk - moshing to the sounds of a church choir*

 

 

 

 

*the above might not be entirely true!

DinoBuster
DinoBuster

 @davedrastic "Warm critical response" is how the game reveiwed with the critics, not sales. Also curious about BiblePunk.

SgtSilock
SgtSilock

 @NTM23 Aren't they all these days? Valve or Blizzard. 

Halloll
Halloll

 @NTM23 Just because he's bald doesn't mean he needs hats

eddienoteddy
eddienoteddy

 @spittis It should read as a list, meaning "after working on Bad Company 2 [and] last October's modern FPS." I have made the change to correct accuracy and understanding. Thank you for pointing this out.

bloody_roar_fan
bloody_roar_fan

 @Cruisemissile

 That is the hole idea.

Wy would someone in a very good position and in a market that is very competitiven, and in the midle of a big crisis would quit is job!!!

Unless is job was going to become a piece of sh%&!

Cruisemissile
Cruisemissile

 @TonnFool23 Im still playing BC2 on my 360 I love it! especially since I don't have to install HD textures because I don't have a 360 HDD.

TonnFool23
TonnFool23

 @allan_delacruz You haven't even played Armored Kill yet and yet talking as if it lives up to the BF1942/BF2 reputation.

Gears_0f_L0ve
Gears_0f_L0ve

 @TonnFool23 What I was trying to hint at was that,  BF3 was not catering just to COD fans,  its catering to everybody.