Danger Close Games
|Subsidiary of Electronic Arts|
Computer and video games
|Founded||1995 (as DreamWorks Interactive)
2000 (as EA Los Angeles)
2010 (as Danger Close Games along with EA Mobile and others)
|Defunct||2004 (as DreamWorks Interactive)
2010 (as EA Los Angeles)
2013 (as Danger Close Games)
|Headquarters||Los Angeles, California, United States|
Danger Close Games (formerly known as EA Los Angeles) 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.
After releasing a number of titles in the 90s under the DreamWorks Interactive (DWI) 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, and soon renamed the studio Electronic Arts Los Angeles (EALA). In 2003, EA moved the studio from its original DWI location in Bel Air to a new Playa Vista site and merged it with Westwood Studios (the original creators of the Command & Conquer series) and EA Pacific (originally Westwood Pacific).
In 2010, it was revealed that EA Los Angeles would be re-branded as Danger Close Games. 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. 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. 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. DICE, creator of the successful Battlefield franchise, moved employees to the LA location and now has an LA presence called DICE Los Angeles.
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|Medal of Honor (Single-player mode)||2010||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360|
|Medal of Honor: Warfighter||2012||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360|
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- Danger Close Games' official website at the Wayback Machine
- EA Los Angeles' website at EA.com
- Danger Close Games at MobyGames
- DreamWorks Games at the Wayback Machine
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