Newly formed Ridgeline Games will dedicate themselves to new narrative campaigns for Battlefield.
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EA just announced that they have added another studio to their plethora of development teams. Their new studio is the Seattle-based Ridgeline Games, and it is being led by Halo co-creator Marcus Lehto. Ridgeline Games "will be focused on developing a narrative campaign set in the Battlefield universe."

Over the past several weeks, Lehto has been making his presence on social media felt far and wide with Battlefield fans. He has been asking the Battlefield community things about various aspects of the previous Battlefield games that they have liked or disliked. For instance, he asked for some feedback about the use of jets and helicopters in Battlefield. Before that he asked if fans enjoy map destruction for design purposes or purely for the spectacle. Then before that he asked about everyone's favorite style and tone for Battlefield music. You can pour through his recent tweets for more of this sort of discussion if you're so inclined.

The point is, Lehto seems to be interested in getting some fan perspectives on the franchise. He seems rather passionate about the franchise in general. Hopefully this translates into a better Battlefield in the future, but the results of that passion are probably quite far away given that the studio was just created.

You can follow Ridgeline Games on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram if you want.

“It is a great honor to have the opportunity to collaborate with DICE and Ripple Effect and lead the charge on expanding the narrative, storytelling and character development opportunities in the Battlefield series,” said Lehto, Game Director and head of Ridgeline Games.

Ridgeline Games is focused on building a diverse studio where everyone’s voice is valued and where creating a strong work-life balance is a priority. Located in beautiful Kirkland, Washington, the breathtaking views from the mountains are a strong influence on the studio’s mission - where cresting the ridgeline is a reminder of the work we do to reach the top and how we strive for that beauty in all we do.

With their ambition, passion, and years of experience across many of the best titles in the games industry, Marcus and team are excited to tell stories and take players on incredible adventures that are only possible within the Battlefield universe.

“We’re continuing to invest in the future of the franchise by bringing in new talent and perspectives,” said Vince Zampella, Respawn founder and head of the Battlefield franchise. “With Marcus and his team at Ridgeline Games joining the world-class global team we have already in place, Battlefield is in the strongest position to succeed.”​