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DICE Los Angeles
Formerly
  • DreamWorks Interactive L.L.C. (1995–2000)
  • EA Los Angeles (2000–2010)
  • Danger Close Games (2010–2013)
Division
Industry Video game industry
Founded April 3, 1995; 23 years ago (1995-04-03) in Olympia, Washington, U.S.
Founder
Headquarters Playa Vista, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Key people
Fredrik Löving (general manager)
Parent
Website dice.se/about/los-angeles/

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 April 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.

History[edit]

DreamWorks Interactive (1995–2000)[edit]

DreamWorks Interactive was announced on March 22, 1995 as a joint venture between DreamWorks and Microsoft,[1] and was incorporated on April 3, 1995. The studio was led by Steven Spielberg, releasing a number of titles based on various licensed properties.[citation needed] 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] This decision left Danger Close Games without any original intellectual property to develop, however, on May 15, 2013, it was made a division of EA DICE, receiving staff 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

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