EA Los Angeles

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EA Los Angeles
(Electronic Arts Los Angeles)
Former type Subsidiary of Electronic Arts
Industry Interactive entertainment
Computer and video games
Founded 1995 (as DreamWorks Interactive, LLC.)
2000 (as EA Los Angeles)
2010 (as Danger Close along with EA Mobile and others)
Defunct 2013
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, USA
Products Video games
Owner(s) Electronic Arts
Parent Electronic Arts
Website [1]

EA Los Angeles (formerly known as Danger Close Games) was an American video game developer founded originally in 1995 as DreamWorks Interactive LLC, a subsidiary of DreamWorks SKG. The studio was primarily known for its work on the Medal of Honor and the Command & Conquer franchises.

History[edit]

After releasing a number of titles in the 90s under the DreamWorks Interactive label, the studio's biggest hit came in 1999 with the release of the original Medal of Honor video game for the PlayStation console. A year later, the studio was acquired from DreamWorks (and Microsoft, which had part ownership of the company) by Electronic Arts,[1] and in 2003 merged with Westwood Studios (the original creators of the Command & Conquer series) and EA Pacific (originally Westwood Pacific) to form a new studio named EA Los Angeles.[2]

In 2010, it was revealed that EA Los Angeles would be re-branded as Danger Close Games.[3] The studio's direction was to focus exclusively on developing upcoming Medal of Honor games, which for the first time were to abandon their traditional World War II setting. Their first project was the single-player component of Medal of Honor, which was released on October 12, 2010 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.[4] Two years later, on October 23, 2012, they released that game's follow-up, Medal of Honor: Warfighter.

In January 2013, EA announced that the Medal of Honor series was taken 'out of rotation' and put on hold due to the poor reception of Warfighter.[5] Additionally, many employees were laid off and the studio itself was shut down. In June 2013, EA confirmed that Danger Close Games is no more. [6] DICE, creator of the successful Battlefield franchise, moved employees to the LA location and now has an LA presence called DICE LA.

Games developed[edit]

Video games developed as DreamWorks Interactive
Title Release Platform(s)
Someone's in the Kitchen! 1996 Microsoft Windows
Goosebumps: Escape from HorrorLand 1996 Microsoft Windows
The Neverhood 1996 Microsoft Windows
Skullmonkeys 1997 PlayStation
Jurassic Park: Chaos Island 1997 Microsoft Windows
Goosebumps: Attack of the Mutant 1997 Microsoft Windows
Dilbert's Desktop Games 1997 Microsoft Windows
The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997 PlayStation
Small Soldiers 1998 PlayStation
Small Soldiers: Squad Commander 1998 Microsoft Windows
Boombots 1999 PlayStation
T'ai Fu: Wrath of the Tiger 1999 PlayStation
Antz 1999 Game Boy Color
Jurassic Park: Trespasser 1998 Microsoft Windows
Warpath: Jurassic Park 1999 PlayStation
Medal of Honor 1999 PlayStation
Medal of Honor: Underground 2000 PlayStation
Clive Barker's Undying 2001 Microsoft Windows, OS X
Video games developed as EA Los Angeles
Title Release Platform(s)
Medal of Honor: Frontline 2002 GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Spearhead (Expansion pack) 2002 Microsoft Windows, OS X
Medal of Honor: Rising Sun 2003 GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Command & Conquer: Generals – Zero Hour (Expansion pack) 2003 Microsoft Windows, OS X
GoldenEye: Rogue Agent 2004 GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault 2004 Microsoft Windows
Medal of Honor: European Assault 2005 GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth 2004 Microsoft Windows
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II 2006 Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II: The Rise of the Witch-king (Expansion pack) 2006 Microsoft Windows
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars 2007 Microsoft Windows, OS X, Xbox 360
Medal of Honor: Airborne 2007 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 2007 PlayStation Portable
Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath (Expansion pack) 2008 Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360
Boom Blox 2008 Wii
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 2008 Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 – Uprising (Expansion pack) 2009 Microsoft Windows
Boom Blox Bash Party 2009 Wii
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight 2010 Microsoft Windows
Video games developed as Danger Close Games
Title Release Platform(s)
Medal of Honor (Single-player mode) 2010 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Medal of Honor: Warfighter 2012 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

References[edit]

  1. ^ Farmer, Melanie Austria (2000-02-24). "Electronic Arts to buy DreamWorks, Microsoft venture". CNET. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  2. ^ Parker, Sam (2003-01-29). "EA consolidates studios, closes Westwood". GameSpot. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  3. ^ Gilbert, Ben (2010-07-23). "Danger Close: The story behind EA LA's new name". Joystiq. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  4. ^ Reilly, Jim (2010-07-22). "Medal of Honor Team Forms New Studio". IGN. Retrieved 2010-07-24. 
  5. ^ Prescott, Shaun (2013-01-31). "No more Medal of Honor: EA pulls from rotation due to poor reception". PC Gamer. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  6. ^ Rougeau, Michael. "EA confirms ‘Medal of Honor’ studio Danger Close is no more". Digital Trends. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 

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