Update: An EA representative has told Game Informer that some DICE LA employees are from the Danger Close team, which is located in the same EA Los Angeles building. With Medal of Honor taking some time off, other Danger Close staff members have moved on to other opportunities.
Today marks a big step for EA on its path to new games based on its newly acquired Star Wars license. The publisher has revealed that it’s Stockholm-based DICE studio has opened up a Los Angeles office to work on the franchise.
Locating in southern California was no accident according to DICE general manager Karl-Magnus Troedsson. “It’s no secret that our main competitor is there,” he told the Wall Street Journal. This should certainly heat up the competition between Battlefield and its chief rival, Activision’s titanic Call of Duty franchise.
For Troedsson, working on Star Wars titles is an exciting prospect. His studio shares the same level of anticipation. “People stood up and cheered, when I announced that we were working on Star Wars,” he stated. Fans might be cheering along with them if DICE decides to expand on an existing franchise (Battlefront would make the most sense), a plan that is under consideration.