DICE's Stockholm studio has 300 people and no, not all of them are working on Battlefield content, EA Games Vice President Patrick Soderlund tells OXM
. DICE launched Mirror's Edge
in 2008, but since then it's been all Battlefield, all the time, with Battlefield 4
scheduled for beta next fall.
Asked whether taking a risk on a Mirror's Edge
-type game is worth it when Battlefield is so lucrative, Soderlund responds, "Well it depends, right? Maybe it is 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."
One way to circumvent the transition to "Battlefield factory" is to develop a sequel to Mirror's Edge
– which is exactly what former Battlefield executive producer Ben Cousins says DICE is doing. "It is general knowledge in the Stockholm dev scene that Mirror's Edge 2
is in production at DICE," he tweets
It's worth noting that Cousins isn't with EA anymore, but he is based in Sweden.