DICE LA Will Develop The Next Star Wars Game
EA South Africa may have just shut its doors but DICE LA is about to open their own. DICE is best known for creating the Frostbite Engines in addition to Battlefield titles. The real news though is that this LA branch of the developer will be tasked with creating the next Star wars game now that EA has the rights to produce Star wars titles for Disney.
According to the WSJ, “Electronic Arts, fresh off announcing it cut 10% of its workforce to trim costs, is investing in a new Los Angeles studio for its Stockholm-based DICE game developer with the goal of poaching talent from rivals like Activision Blizzard”.
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DICE as a whole will apparently play a big role in EA’s handling of the brand and all the IP’s it could spawn. DICE’s general manager Karl-Magnus Troedsson told the Wall Street Journal, “There is an extreme talent pool over that we want a part of. It’s no secret that our main competitor is there,” in reference to Activision studios Treyarch and Infinity Ward.
Troedsson went on to say that the LA studio hopes to add 60 employees by the end of 2013 and has already stolen some employees from medal of Honor studio Danger Close.
While it’s inconclusive to say the least, Troedsson added that EA is considering whether to start afresh with Star wars or continue with existing IP’s.