Patrick Bach is quitting his job as general manager of DICE, developers of the Battlefield and Star Wars: Battlefront shooter franchises and one of EA’s most important studios.
How was his last game? Check out our Battlefield 1 review.
The news was confirmed by EA to PlayStation Lifestyle. Of his time at DICE, Bach said:
“I’ve had an epic ride at DICE and EA, filled with amazingly creative and passionate people, and unforgettable experiences with our player community. I’ll certainly be playing Battlefield 1 for a long, long time to come, and I look forward to seeing what’s next from the incredible team at DICE.”
We don't yet know if Bach is moving on to another role in game development, but PlayStation Lifestyle says he is leaving to spend more time with his family. DICE’s latest game, Battlefield 1, will be his last credited game for that studio.
Patrick Söderlund, executive vice president for EA Worldwide Studios, added his best wishes, saying:
“Patrick Bach has been a great colleague to many across DICE and EA for almost 15 years. We thank him for all of his contributions, especially to our Battlefield franchise and community, and wish him all the best on his next adventure.”
Bach joined DICE in 2002 as lead designer on RalliSport Challenge 2. He then moved into production, helping to ship Battlefield: Bad Company, and then its sequel, and then Battlefields 3 and 4. He was promoted to studio head in April 2014 after Battlefield 4's launch, and leaves after two years and eight months in the role. We've no word yet as to his replacement.