DICE Los Angeles
|Industry||Video game industry|
|Founded||March 22, 1995|
|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)
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. 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".
EA Los Angeles (2000–2010)
Following the success of Medal of Honor, Electronic Arts acquired DreamWorks Interactive from DreamWorks and Microsoft on February 24, 2000. 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. On August 6, 2003, EA Los Angeles moved from their offices in Bel Air to a new campus in Playa Vista. 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.
Danger Close Games (2010–2013)
On July 22, 2010, Electronic Arts announced that EA Los Angeles was rebranded to Danger Close Games. With the rebranding referencing a term from the Medal of Honor series, the studio would exclusively focus on the Medal of Honor games. Their first project was the 2010 Medal of Honor, which was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on October 12, 2010. A follow-up, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, was released on October 23, 2012.
DICE Los Angeles (2013–present)
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. 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.
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