David Goldfarb, the man who is behind the designing of games such as Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 3, has finally left Electronic Arts or EA’s DICE studios. Over the last five years, he has worked mostly on Battlefield games. According to his tweet, he has had a great run, designing 4 games over the last 5 years and that he is grateful to work with some awesome people on some great games.
Goldfarb talked about his exiting plans with Joystiq. He said that he is finally ready to move on to some new things and get involved into something different. However, he is not completely keen on sharing his future plans.
David Goldfarb is however not the first among the high profile DICE developers to quit the company over the last few years. Prior to this was Gordon Van Dyke, who left DICE back in the year 2010. He is currently working with Paradox Interactive and is involved in the development of a Battlefield-like third person action game from the developer FatShark of War of the Roses fame. Patrick Bach, who was also a part of Battlefield’s development leadership, is currently heading as company CEO, and Karl Magnus Troedsson is on a paternity leave.
For those of you who enjoy the spirit of the game but could do with a break from the intensive action, an Australian online casino is offering a slots game with similar themes. In the Hitman slots game, based on the 2007 film by the same name, the player can take on the role of Agent 47, the assassin lead character of the video game series, and has to kill a number of targets.
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The first bonus feature, which is triggered when the player scores a minimum of three of the ‘Insignia’ symbols on the first, second or third reels, and the player is then given the option of choosing any of the Insignias – with each one providing a prize of different value. The second bonus feature incorporated into this game is activated by scoring a minimum of three ’18 age certificate’ symbols on the third, fourth or fifth reels and entitles the player to eighteen free spins with a two-time multiplier. The final bonus feature involves the player having to choose one of a number of potential ‘hits’ to kill, with the value of the prize they can win depending on the difficulty level of the target they choose. This feature becomes activated when the player scores a minimum of three of the ‘Laptop’ symbols on the third, fourth or fifth reels.
It is a different way to play an action game, but still definitely worth trying – it might feel a bit silly after the realist action of Battlefield bad Company, but it really gives you a new perspective to the kills!