Battlefield 3′s Patrick Liu leaves DICE for Rovio

Friday, 31st August 2012 08:52 GMT By Dave Cook

DICE senior producer Patrick Liu has left the Battlefield 3 studio to join Rovio, the studio can confirm. This marks the second high profile departure from DICE this month.

General Manager at Rovio Stockholm Oskar Burman has confirmed the move on Twitter by saying, “Excited to finally reveal our first hire! Game developer legend @pottan will join as Creative Director of Rovio Stockholm!”

Liu’s LinkedIn profile shows that he served as senior producer at DICE for over five years.

The departure of Liu marks the second high profile resignation at DICE this month. Liu follows Battlefield 3 lead designer David Goldfarb, who flew the coop to join Starbreeze Studios as a game director.

on his departure, Goldfarb stated, “I’ve worked on these huge games, and that was great, but I really wanted to work on smaller, tighter, and more intimate projects that are more gameplay driven, and I saw the opportunity to do that here. I talked to a lot of places but I felt the best fit for me was Starbreeze and Overkill because they have a really interesting history and a lot of games I really like.”

“Making big projects is really exhausting and for me,” he added, “I felt like I needed a change of venue and I really wanted to work on something that I personally felt I was interested in, which apparently is crime. I just wanted to get closer to things that I love and this was a great match for me.”

Patrick Liu has yet to make a statement regarding his departure, but eyebrows will surely be raised at the sight of two high profile figures leaving DICE in such a short time frame.

Battlefield 3 has performed exceptionally well since it launched in October last year. DICE has recently come under fire from some circles for introducing a premium pass for the shooter, despite selling over 1.3 million subscriptions by the end of last financial year, as well as announcing Battlefield 4 – some say prematurely.

With Battlefield 3: Armored Kill gearing up to launch and the incoming release of Aftermath and Endgame, the series seems to be in rude health, yet questions will undoubtedly be asked regarding both Liu and Goldfarb’s departure.

We’ll keep ears to the ground for new updates on the matter as they happen.



  1. JimFear-666

    what a step down…
    what else they did except shity game like angry birds?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. xxJPRACERxx

    Rovio also licensed Frostbite 2. The next Angry Birds will have realistic birds and will be available for next-gen consoles!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. mojo

    “I really wanted to work on smaller, tighter, and more intimate projects that are more gameplay driven”
    wtf? more gameplay driven?
    and hence he leaves for rovio?
    i mean, what the fuck?

    why not make dice games more gameplay drive and bin all those fucky perks and unlocks and all that crapshit?
    Just make a good game instead of whatever that guns, perks, unlocks and ammunition overloaded mess that bf3 is..

    #3 2 years ago
  4. ayeballkid

    EA is destroying Dice, the people at Dice were committed to Battlefield and their customers, watching the direction that EA is forcing the studio to head in is heart breaking. I wish everyone at Dice the best of luck in a work environment that is healthy and customer focused.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. OlderGamer


    #5 2 years ago
  6. DSB

    I wouldn’t file this under “DOOMED!” just yet. Especially in what I assume is a pretty dynamic contract-culture like videogames, I’m sure there are always going to be 4-5 offers waiting for guys like these.

    Why not try something new?

    As soon as two people leave, everybody thinks the sky is falling, but two guys do not a studio make.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Da Man

    Number of key developers left…

    This should go unnoticed, because it isn’t the evil Activision and proud Respawn.

    #7 2 years ago

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