DICE Los Angeles

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DICE Los Angeles
  • DreamWorks Interactive L.L.C. (1995–2000)
  • EA Los Angeles (2000–2010)
  • Danger Close Games (2010–2013)
IndustryVideo game industry
FoundedMarch 22, 1995; 24 years ago (1995-03-22)
Key people
Christian Grass (general manager)

DICE Los Angeles (formerly DreamWorks Interactive L.L.C., EA Los Angeles and Danger Close Games) is an American video game developer and a division of EA DICE. The company was founded in March 1995 as joint venture between DreamWorks and Microsoft under the name DreamWorks Interactive. It was acquired by Electronic Arts and renamed EA Los Angeles in 2000, and to Danger Close Games in 2010. In 2013, the studio became a division of EA DICE and received the name DICE Los Angeles. The company is primarily known for having developed the Medal of Honor and Command & Conquer series of video games.


DreamWorks Interactive (1995–2000)[edit]

DreamWorks Interactive was announced on March 22, 1995 as a joint venture between DreamWorks and Microsoft; the studio's operations were to be set up in Redmond, Washington and Los Angeles.[1] According to Leslie Helm of the Los Angeles Times, the company's initial computer game titles were relatively unsuccessful. Its biggest hit by August 1997 was Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland, with sales of 130,000 units, according to PC Data. Helm called this "a modest success".[2]

In 1999, the studio saw its most successful release with first-person shooter video game Medal of Honor, published by Electronic Arts on October 31, 1999 for PlayStation.

EA Los Angeles (2000–2010)[edit]

Following the success of Medal of Honor, Electronic Arts acquired DreamWorks Interactive from DreamWorks and Microsoft on February 24, 2000.[3] The company was renamed EA Los Angeles and would from then on focus on developing titles in the Medal of Honor series, releasing Medal of Honor: Underground the same year.[4] On August 6, 2003, EA Los Angeles moved from their offices in Bel Air to a new campus in Playa Vista.[5] On that campus, the studio was merged with EA Pacific, and received some employees from previously closed Westwood Studios, leading EA Los Angeles to start working in the Command & Conquer series.[6]

Danger Close Games (2010–2013)[edit]

On July 22, 2010, Electronic Arts announced that EA Los Angeles was rebranded to Danger Close Games.[7] With the rebranding referencing a term from the Medal of Honor series, the studio would exclusively focus on the Medal of Honor games.[8] Their first project was the 2010 Medal of Honor, which was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on October 12, 2010.[9] A follow-up, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, was released on October 23, 2012.

DICE Los Angeles (2013–present)[edit]

On January 31, 2013, Electronic Arts announced that the Medal of Honor series was taken 'out of rotation' and put on hold, following to the poor reception received by Warfighter.[10] In May 2013, it was announced that the company had become part of EA DICE, receiving staff from the Swedish studio and being rebranded DICE Los Angeles.[11]

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Platform(s)
as DreamWorks Interactive L.L.C.
1996 Someone's in the Kitchen! Microsoft Windows
Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair Microsoft Windows
Goosebumps: Escape from HorrorLand Microsoft Windows
The Neverhood Microsoft Windows
1997 Chaos Island: The Lost World Microsoft Windows
Goosebumps: Attack of the Mutant Microsoft Windows
Dilbert's Desktop Games Microsoft Windows
The Lost World: Jurassic Park PlayStation
1998 Skullmonkeys PlayStation
Small Soldiers PlayStation
Small Soldiers: Squad Commander Microsoft Windows
Trespasser Microsoft Windows
1999 BoomBots PlayStation
T'ai Fu: Wrath of the Tiger PlayStation
Warpath: Jurassic Park PlayStation
Medal of Honor PlayStation
2000 Medal of Honor: Underground PlayStation
as EA Los Angeles
2001 Clive Barker's Undying macOS, Microsoft Windows
2002 Medal of Honor: Frontline GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox
2003 Medal of Honor: Rising Sun GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox
2004 GoldenEye: Rogue Agent GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault Microsoft Windows
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth Microsoft Windows
2005 Medal of Honor: European Assault GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox
2006 The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360
2007 Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars macOS, Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360
Medal of Honor: Vanguard PlayStation 2, Wii
Medal of Honor: Airborne Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 PlayStation Portable
2008 Boom Blox Wii
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2009 Boom Blox Bash Party Wii
2010 Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight Microsoft Windows
as Danger Close Games
2010 Medal of Honor Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2012 Medal of Honor: Warfighter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
as DICE Los Angeles
2013 Battlefield 4 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
2016 Battlefield 1 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2017 Star Wars Battlefront II Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2018 Battlefield V Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


  1. ^ Fabrikant, Geraldine. "THE MEDIA BUSINESS; Dreamworks and Microsoft in Multimedia Venture". nytimes.com.
  2. ^ Helm, Leslie (August 18, 1997). "Have CD-ROMances Run Their Course?". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on January 7, 2015.
  3. ^ Kary, Tiffany. "EA buys Dreamworks Interactive – ZDNet". zdnet.com.
  4. ^ Farmer, Melanie Austria (February 24, 2000). "Electronic Arts to buy DreamWorks, Microsoft venture". CNET. Retrieved June 19, 2009.
  5. ^ Staff, I. G. N. (August 6, 2003). "Electronic Arts Preps Massive LA Studio". ign.com.
  6. ^ Parker, Sam (January 29, 2003). "EA consolidates studios, closes Westwood". GameSpot. Retrieved June 19, 2009.
  7. ^ "'Danger Close' studio formed at EA by Medal of Honor team". engadget.com.
  8. ^ Gilbert, Ben (July 23, 2010). "Danger Close: The story behind EA LA's new name". Engadget. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
  9. ^ Reilly, Jim (July 22, 2010). "Medal of Honor Team Forms New Studio". IGN. Retrieved July 24, 2010.
  10. ^ Prescott, Shaun (January 31, 2013). "No more Medal of Honor: EA pulls from rotation due to poor reception". PC Gamer. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
  11. ^ "EA Renames Danger Close As DICE LA And Gives It Some Star Wars". www.thesixthaxis.com.

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