Following the reveal of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare yesterday, Battlefield developers at DICE allegedly slam the trailer and look of the game through social media.
Love it or hate it, the latest Call of Duty title was finally revealed yesterday, bringing the franchise into the final frontier of space. While the initial footage for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was met with both praise and scorn by fans, some were simply less than impressed with what they saw. Members of the developer studio DICE, who are best known for their work on the competing Battlefield franchise, took to social media to voice their opinions while mocking the upcoming shooter at the same time.
While the Tweets have since been taken down by the developers, PlayStation Lifestyle managed to capture the most damaging ones. Senior Video & Media Director/Editor, Roland Smedberg, led the initial charge calling the trailer quaint along with grade school editing and graphics from 2010. Smedberg went even further, criticizing certain trailer decisions such as an ugly depth of field and poor lighting.
Other DICE devs joined in as well like Randy Evans, who coincidentally enough is handling the reveal trailer for Battlefield 5, responded to a user on Twitter saying it looked like a game from 10 years ago. Julian Manolov, an engineer at DICE LA, added a snarky comment saying the trailer was 3 and a half minutes of CG and asked his followers for a link to the actual gameplay.
@TheRadGamerDan 3 and a half minutes of CG 🙂 Anyone got a link which shows the game?— Julian Manolov (@_jjju_) May 2, 2016
These Tweets no doubt led to some backlash, not just by fans, but by management as well. The more disparaging Call of Duty related Tweets have since been removed from their timelines and have been replaced with more positive ones. Roland Smedberg went as far as apologizing through a series of Tweets saying what he did was a stupid mistake and one that he won’t do again.
There's a way to spread your personal opinions and being immature or disrespectful are not it. My first, and last, slip up. Apologies.— Roland Smedberg (@RollieThePollie) May 3, 2016
It’s an interesting move from some of the developers at DICE considering many fans would argue that they have much to prove themselves as well. Both Battlefield 3 and 4 suffered through massive server based online issues and bugs so severe that EA ended up facing multiple lawsuits because of it. Both DICE and EA have agreed that the launch was entirely unacceptable and have managed to say all of the right things post-launch, though the company has a lot to prove outside of just making Battlefield 5 look really pretty. The most recent title in the franchise, Battlefield Hardline, had a relatively smooth launch, though Visceral Games led the development on that title so many continue to wait to see what DICE is going to do.
With a Battlefield 5 reveal later this week, it appears the long standing rivalry between Call of Duty and Battlefield is set to resume later this year. While Infinite Warfare promises to continue to push gamers into the future with battle set in space, rumors have been swirling that Battlefield 5 is set to take the franchise back in time to World War I. Considering the glut of modern and futuristic shooters saturating the market these days, perhaps moving the timeline back is what will help Battlefield 5 stand out among the crowd.
How do you feel about the comments made from DICE developers? Do you like the verbal sparring or would you rather the devs focus on letting the game speak for itself? Feel free to sound off in the comments below.
Battlefield 5 currently does not have have release date, but is rumored to launch later this year.