DICE To Open Star Wars Focused Studio In LA

By Craig Pearson on May 15th, 2013 at 11:00 am.

DICE, the developers of Battlefield, and EA, who now own the rights to make Star Wars games, have bowed to the inevitable. According to a report in Gamasutra: “Electronic Arts has opened a new DICE studio in Los Angeles, with a key focus around creating new video games in the Star Wars franchise.”

DICE’s general manager, the awesomely named Karl-Magnus Troedsson, has said that by the end of the year the studio will be expected to have over 60 developers working on Star Wars games. If Gamasutra are correct, with the prowess of the studio’s Frostbite engine you expect to see some high-definition Wookiee fur, and the shiniest Stormtrooper armour ever put into a video game.

Why? LA. Talent, according to Troedsson. Who added: “It’s no secret that our main competitor is there.”

Fight! Fight! Fight! How does this make you feel, readers? Are you all:

Or are you more:

Via Gamasutra, who totally got it from the Wall Street Journal.

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79 Comments »

  1. Truga says:

    Starfield 5. I’m waiting.

    • SuicideKing says:

      VADERFACE

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  2. SuicideKing says:

    For what it’s worth, may The Force be with you, DICE.

    • Chalky says:

      Battlefront was a really fun series so it’s possible the battlefield guys could do something really great along those lines.

      It’s not like Lucas Arts were crapping out masterpieces when it comes to starwars prior to being shut down so maybe some good games will come out of this.

      ….and suddenly I remember it’s EA we’re talking about.

      • SuicideKing says:

        That’s the problem…there’s EA involved.

        If there was no EA, BF3 would be better than BF2, BF4 wouldn’t be out this year, Battlelog wouldn’t exist…*sigh*.

        I’d love to see an X-Wing vs Tie Fighter remake based on Frostbite 3, but i know it won’t happen.

      • Post-Internet Syndrome says:

        If they’re opening the studio in LA though, how much of actual DICE is actually going to be involved? Seems like they’re starting from scratch.

    • Premium User Badge Cinek says:

      Only if they make Republic Commando 2 ;)

  3. Luringen says:

    Dice makes FPS games with big maps.
    Battlefront is a FPS game with big maps.
    Dice could probably make an awesome Battlefront 3, if EA doesn’t demand stupid DRM, microtransactions and get to decide how the game gets.

    This could be good, and it could be bad.

    • Molay says:

      I do expect DRM, just like BF3 has it’s DRM. But I wouldn’t really care about that. Battlefront 3 (aka BF3 –> that will get confusing) is, at least for me, an online title anyways if it sticks to it’s predecessors. It would have to have a crazy awesome AI for it to be appealing in singleplayer^^
      Microtransactions are nothing I’d like to see, though.
      And if the design part is left to DICE, which seems like the most obvious thing in the world, I couldn’t care less about EA being the publisher. DICE has delivered pretty good games for a long time now, so I’m rather confident :)

    • FakeAssName says:

      You know who else was in LA; Pandemic was in LA, thats who, and I bet that quite a few of Pandemic’s former employees still live there … and I bet that EA is betting on that too.

      I also bet that within a year this studio is going to ne renamed Pandemic EA.

    • Ajsman says:

      Yes, DICE does make FPS games and they make solid FPS games. One day maybe even great FPS games. If they ever they learn how to make a netcode that works… And the reason why you can’t use “competitive” and “random chance” to describe the same game…

      DICE is also a group of people based in Stockholm. So can you really expect the same level of quality and experience from some other group of people based in LA just because their name is also DICE?

      And yes, if the former Pandemic guys get hired we could get another good Battlefront game. But I still find it stupid to call them DICE.

  4. Premium User Badge Anthile says:

    This is separate from the C&C Generals 2 team by the way. Although with all those name changes it’s not easy to tell.

  5. Premium User Badge Gap Gen says:

    PRESS Q TO LIGHTSABER THE SPACERAT

  6. Screamer says:

    Battlefield…. oh sorry BattleFRONT 3?

  7. Koozer says:

    Did anyone else ever play the BF1942 Staw Wars mod Galactic Conquest? It was the best! Battlefront never really interested me after that mod. It had space battles and playable Mon Calamari and Bespin cloud buses and everything!

    • Correa says:

      Played it to death and not one single battlefront game has even gotten close to what that mod did in scope and playability.

      Death Star trench run, what a map :)

  8. BTAxis says:

    There’s writing on the wall, and the writing says “Battlefront 3″. Though I was never into Battlefront, this is potentially great news for those who were. I’m still hoping someone will make a single player FPS set around the time of the original Star Wars trilogy like Dark Forces, though chances of that are slim.

  9. Trillby says:

    I think we have to keep expectations in check, and just be happy that there will be some new Star Wars entertainment. The games will not push any boundaries, they will not change the face of gaming, they will not be Deus Ex with Ewoks. They will be status-quo shootems based in the Star Wars universe and will provide a mediocre number of hours worth of electronically based entertainment.

    It’s fine. It’s all just fine. Stop trying to stir up fights RPS.

    • Premium User Badge Craig Pearson says:

      Eh?

      • Premium User Badge Gap Gen says:

        Right, that’s it, Craig. You, me, square go.

      • Trillby says:

        Hmm – I might have got the wrong end of the stick.

        I thought you were prodding us to get all worked up and start wailing and gnashing our teeth about how EA will rape our dreams and kill the Star Wars forever. How EA will reduce the series to cynical cash-ins and do what Lucas and Spielburg did to Indie in that South Park episode ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYlLY5UJfKI ).

        The thing is – of course they’re going to do it. Star Wars has been a marketing instrument for decades. And when you have a brand like that, you can save money on the quality of the product attached to it. It’s not going to dilute the brand – if the newer films and the crap toys and the ridiculous books can’t do, a few shitty games won’t.

        I’m just in a crappy mood and sighed when I thought I saw you stirring the beehive with a big old thwack of the nostalgia-saber. But I realise that you didn’t do that at all. You reported the news in an entertaining manner – it’s the subject itself that’s predictable. I’m just preemptively bored with all the comments about how EA will do cynical capitalistic maneuverings and how it’s a disgrace.

        They’ll be mediocre games. They’ll provide some fun, some sighs. Not worth the energy to get all annoyed about – but then, I’ve just wrote half an essay on a subject even more banal and predictable.

        TLDR: Wrong side of the bed.

  10. Fanbuoy says:

    So is this like Bioware Victory, where EA assumes that the magic is in the name, or will there be some actual connections between the studios?

    Also, thank you for providing Swedish subtitles on Darth, Craig. At first, I was all like “I wonder what he’s saying”, then I was all like “Oh, okay.”

    • Shivoa says:

      I am also wondering if this new studio is a Bioware rebrand style activity from EA.

      There was EA Pacific, Westwood, and DreamWorks Interactive all under the banner of EALA after various mergers. That was still a 3 team group a few years ago (AFAIK) and in 2010 the EALA name was kinda retired and at least the shooter team in the group rebranded to Danger Close Games for MoH. At least one other team still exists and does ongoing C&C stuff.

      Now MoH is dead is Danger Close doing maps for Battlefield still? Is DICE LA just rebranding the Danger Close team (assuming they survived the latest EA staff purge – there are so many that Google had a hard time even finding the right news story for me to try and see who was reported as restructured)? Presumably there is at least some new talent being hired there, what with all the recent redundancies then EA presumably have a lot of spare computers/desks available.

    • ShDynasty says:

      Yeah, I think they’re just renaming Danger Close to DICELA. Maybe they’ll transfer some folks from Original DICE to run LA.

  11. Crosmando says:

    Get ready to fight hordes of repetitive enemies with retarded AI in copypasted corridors, and sticky cover on every corner

  12. Guvornator says:

    “Electronic Arts has opened a new DICE studio in Los Angeles, with a key focus around continuing to piss on your memories of the Star Wars franchise.”

    Fixed it. Given DICE’s previous games it’ll be a FPS, Pinball or racing games, none of which exactly fill me with glee…

    • theBezerKing says:

      Really? I’m hoping immensly for a Republic Commando 2, that game was Da Shit.

      As long as they don’t try to squeeze money out of the games instead of the licenses, it should work out fine.

    • Shuck says:

      Given that this is a new studio (and not in Sweden), what the DICE guys did previously isn’t really relevant…

  13. evilsooty999 says:

    Can’t wait for the supernova sunglare on Hoth so bright that you can’t even see the Walkers coming.

    • greenbananas says:

      Yes, but then the Walkers won’t be able to see the headless bikini zombie babe statuettes you’re hiding under the snow. Battle averted.

  14. RuySan says:

    If their next game is Pinball Dreams: Star Wars i’m okay with it

  15. Ansob says:

    I am 100% wholly okay with Battlefield: Star Wars.

  16. DanPryce says:

    Didn’t have to wait long for the daily ‘ DICE is still not working on Mirror’s Edge 2′ story today

    • Ross Angus says:

      Well, Prey 2 was basically Mirror’s Edge, set on Coruscant…

  17. AbyssUK says:

    With the new Star Wars movies set to be coming out about the same time it takes to make a computer games these days you can be sure the first major releases from this new studio are going to be rubbish movie tie ins..

    OR somebody at DICE tells EA to go away for a few years and we get a Mirrors Edge style jedi simulator across the skylines of Coruscant‎.

    BUT Bonuses ahead… ewoks in plants vs zombies…peggle deathstar trench levels and best of all Darth Vader in the Sims!

    • Jerppa says:

      “Darth Vader in the Sims!”

      I’d sell my mother-in-law for that.

      • theBezerKing says:

        *knock knock*
        I AM YOUR FATHEEER.
        Can I stay with you whilst I rebuild the Death Star again?

  18. kzrkp says:

    meh

  19. lordfrikk says:

    Gimme an RPG!

  20. sdancer says:

    TressFX Wookie.

  21. Shadowcat says:

    Star Wars. Battlefield. Clearly they’re making Vader vs Hiltler, the Game.

  22. Jason Moyer says:

    What I want: a stealth Star Wars RPG that depicts the Jedi as they were in the original trilogy, before they turned them into Cirque Du Soleil performers

    What I’ll get: Battlefront 3, some crappy movie tie-ins, a really bad kotor game

    • Subject 706 says:

      No need for stealth, all stormtrooper rifles have faulty sights anyway.

  23. Random Gorilla says:

    EA: Stop pissing about, opening studios, recruiting staff, etc. and just give me a sequel to TIE Figther!!

    • Premium User Badge Cinek says:

      it’d end as arcade rail shooter aimed at 5 year old kids.

      Try SWTOR space combat if you’d like to see how good successor to the TIE Fighter can EA make.

  24. Premium User Badge cpt_freakout says:

    JUST LET THE WOOKIE WIN

    Ahem… I’d like an order of Republic Commando 2, please. With chips.

  25. skalpadda says:

    Heh, the nu-Vader “NOOO” video has Swedish subtitles. Was that on purpose Craig?

  26. derbefrier says:

    Could be worse I guess. Hopefully we will see a new Batlefront and if there is a God a new Tie Fighter vs X-wing game.

  27. DogPawHat says:

    Well I guess the extra studio leaves DICE free to make Mirrors Edge 2 if there not too busy with Battlefield 4 DLC next year.

  28. lijenstina says:

    As long as they are narrated by Harry S. Plinkett I’m fine with Star Wars games.

  29. jonahcutter says:

    Suppose it’s too much to hope for a follow up to Jedi Academy.

    A game where the Jedi are only somewhat more powerful. Not gods capable of pulling starships out of the sky.

  30. wireless says:

    According to a post on Reddit, this studio is actually just Danger Close reskinned. The Medal of Honor devs.

    So.

    Uh.

    Dammit EA.

  31. SkittleDiddler says:

    Star Wars Battlefront: DDOS Attack

  32. Iskariot says:

    I really, really want a new modernized battlefront game.
    Imagine what that could look like with current tech. So awesome that we need a new word for it.
    I do hope they do not forget an SP mode.

    The fact that EA has its claws in this is somewhat worrying to say the least.
    I still have not bought Mass Effect 3 for various reasons, one of which is the game fragmenting and immersion destroying DLC milking that went on with ME2.

    If that happens with Star Wars Battlefront I’m out.

  33. flabcake says:

    Shame really… No offense to DICE for picking up the franchise, but I really felt Star Wars were going in the right direction with Euphoria, DMM & Havok (The Force Unleashed 1 & 2).

    To be honest I wish all games had this as standard these days… one can only hope :|

    FB2 should bring some nice enhancements but I would gladly spend hours dragging Storm Troopers around watching them grab each other around the ankles in desperation at being thrown into a pane of glass that shatters dynamically in such a smooth realistic way.

    Im not saying TFU1 & 2 were good games but the engine was so enjoyable its a statement on its own. Fingers-crossed Rockstar can fully utilize its potential =)

  34. pilouuuu says:

    Well, EA is nowhere near as bad as Lucasarts was before beating the dust. Really, having a lot of fantastic franchises and just focusing on crappy Star Wars games? At least this Studio will be dedicated solely to Star Wars, so we won’t be teased about games like Full Throttle 2 just to be disappointed by its cancellation because a walking turd like Jim Ward thinks that adventure games are dead.

    By the way, imagine an adventure like The Walking Dead in Star Wars universe… Oh the posibilities… But anyway, EA won’t be able to make crap worse than The Force Unleashed.

  35. rocketman71 says:

    It will be another more of the same POS FPS with no true dedis and no LAN support, so most definitely it’s NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO from me.

    Now that Disney was giving it hope about SW, why give the licence to fucking EA?. Goddamned idiot mouse..

  36. DanMan says:

    Battlefield in space, where you fly spaceships from planet to planet during fights? And on the ground there’s the infantry fighting? Sounds awesome.