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Former Battlefield director has nothing positive to say about EA

Markus Lehto, co-creator of the Halo universe and former head of the recently closed Ridgeline Games, said that he has “nothing positive to say about EA.”

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At the end of February, Lehto confirmed that he had left EA “of his own accord” and would now take a break from video games to decide what he wanted to do next. The developer later admitted that he felt like he had been punched in the gut watching EA fire his team.

 

In the latest statement published in X, Lehto simply said:

 

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Now I don’t talk about it too much – I just don’t have anything positive to say about EA, my recent departure and how so many people, including my team, are suffering due to mass layoffs in the industry.

 

Ridgeline, previously led by Lehto, worked on the Battlefield story campaign. Now the project will be completed by Criterion Games, the creators of Need for Speed.

 

The news about the Ridgeline comes as part of a further wave of layoffs at EA, which will see plans to cut five percent of the company’s workforce – about 670 people. This is in addition to the six percent of EA’s workforce that the publisher cut last March.

 

EA chief Andrew Wilson recently said the company was moving away from licensed intellectual property and would focus on its own franchises, sports and huge online communities.

 

Black Panther and Iron Man games are still in development, but Respawn’s Star Wars shooter has been cancelled.

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