A job listing for Ripple Effect, formerly EA’s DICE LA studio, provides an early idea of what the team’s next project might be.
Domino effect is a name that most video game fans will not be familiar with. It’s a new name for a team of veteran developers with 26 years of history behind them. What is now, however, is an Electronic Arts studio led by Respawn Entertainment CEO Vince Zampella. It is no longer EA DICE LA, a support studio for Battlefield developer SAYS, but works on his own game. What that game remains a mystery for the moment. However, a new job listing for Ripple Effect offers an early indication of the direction of the project.
The job listing is for a lead character artist on Ripple Effect and you are looking for a veteran developer with expert skills in sculpting and modeling using Zbrush and Maya. Overall, this is a very typical job listing for that position. However, there is a bullet point in the “Skills We Seek” section of the list that probably refers to the Ripple Effect game. The skill is “Knowledge of military hardware and equipment is an advantage.”
The implication is that Ripple Effect is creating a game that includes characters dressed in military gear or gear inspired by a military theme. Without more context, that leaves many genres as a possibility. From sandbox survival games to sci-fi RPGs, military gear is extremely influential in most genres. The prevalence of a military presence is incredibly common in video game storytelling these days.
Of course, the most likely scenario is also the simplest. Ripple Effect is a team of developers that has been supporting Battlefield franchise for years. It would make sense for your first new game to be inspired by that experience. A first person shooter, or even a multiplayer FPS seems likely. It can even be a Battlefield spin-off, como Bad Company The Hard line. Given the modern experience Ripple Effect is based on the development of EA’s Frostbite engine, and FPS makes the most sense.
Electronic Arts also has control of the Medal of Honor franchise, too, a franchise that Zampella is already working on as part of Respawn. Respawn developed Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Perhaps Zampella is working with Ripple Effect to help bridge the Medal of Honor Projects. Or maybe Ripple Effect is working on another Respawn IP.
It may take some time before the official news of the Ripple Effect project is shared publicly. However, for Battlefield Fans hoping that Ripple Effect will continue to work on similar projects, it looks like the future looks bright.
Domino effectThe game is currently in development.