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Quentyn
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(05-15-2013, 10:06 AM)
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Electronic Arts Inc., EA +3.08% 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 Inc. ATVI +3.13%

The DICE unit, purchased by EA in the middle of the last decade, will be a key cog in the creation of a new series of Star Wars videogames. Walt Disney Co. DIS +0.22% announced last week that it enlisted EA to make Star Wars games weeks after closing its LucasArts games division.

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As DICE begins the initial phases of sketching out ideas for a new Star Wars game, it is in the process of opening a Los Angeles office this month to help with recruiting talent, General Manager Karl-Magnus Troedsson said in an interview at the Stockholm office.

"There is an extreme talent pool over that we want a part of," he said. "It's no secret that our main competitor is there," referring to Activision's Infinity Ward and Treyarch operations, which use Southern California studios to work on the popular Call of Duty game that outsells Battlefield.

While not divulging specific numbers, Mr. Troedsson said the DICE studio represents a significant investment with plans to add 60 staffers by the end of 2013. He said the firm is looking to add the best talent in the business for the venture, and that DICE needs to expand its wings following the success of the Battlefield franchise.







The article in WSJ is subscriber only, but if you google the title you can read the whole thing.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...152663246.html

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/1..._Star_Wars.php
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Ushae
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(05-15-2013, 10:08 AM)
Come on EA, road to redemption, this has to be Battlefront or Republic Commando!
kurahador
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(05-15-2013, 10:09 AM)
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What about Bioware?
Polk
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(05-15-2013, 10:09 AM)
So they just fired everyone at Danger Close to establish new studio under DICE name.
That makes sense.
kevcampbell
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Does this mean they could move some of the DICE heads at sweden to LA?

Hope not as that could mean losing a couple of important people from the BF team right?
hastethedav
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(05-15-2013, 10:10 AM)
Looking forward to a new Republic Commando....with awesome beards.


I am actually excited that EA will be doing Star Wars, they do alot of horrible things, but they also do alot of good ones as well, hopefully they realize how important putting forward quality products with the Star Wars license is
Sober
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(05-15-2013, 10:10 AM)
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Originally Posted by Ushae

Come on EA, road to redemption, this has to be Battlefront or Republic Commando!

RC-like SP campaign with BF-style MP, let's FUCKING DO IT.
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(05-15-2013, 10:10 AM)
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Cool, means DICE proper can finish up Mirrors Edge 2 without any distractions!

... :(
shagg_187
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Another one in the grave...
MuseManMike
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(05-15-2013, 10:11 AM)
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So, Danger Close aka DICE LA is now doing SW instead of BC? Excellent. The general quality of Star Wars games and franchise is matched evenly with a studio like DC.
wondermega
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(05-15-2013, 10:12 AM)
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Sounds good. I would like to work there. EA recruiters looking for an environment artist, hit me up. Plenty of the local dudes you recently laid off would probably like to come back as well. ("like to" = can't afford not to)
ZoddGutts
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(05-15-2013, 10:12 AM)
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So it really isn't DICE working on a Star Wars game. Gee great. Guess their busy making Battlefield games for all eternity.
nubbe
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(05-15-2013, 10:13 AM)
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Republic Command and Battlefront in the same game please
MasLegio
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(05-15-2013, 10:14 AM)
what about a Jedi Knight game based of the Mirrors Edge gameplay?

ony weapon is sword and the force
firehawk12
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(05-15-2013, 10:14 AM)
Bioware DICE LA.
2MF
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Kotaku already started making up stuff about this, saying it's just a recruitment office even though the WSJ article talks about a target of 60 people there... OMG.
Midnight Phoenix
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(05-15-2013, 10:15 AM)
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Hope this is good news for 1313.
BrokenEchelon
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You can't fuck this up EA.

Take BF4, replace the models with Stormtroopers. A monkey could do it.
Glass Rebel
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(05-15-2013, 10:16 AM)
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I don't think this thread title is entirely accurate. It isn't really a new new studio.
Quentyn
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(05-15-2013, 10:16 AM)
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Originally Posted by kurahador

What about Bioware?

Bioware Austin will continue to work on TOR and they might do another Star Wars game in the future who knows. I don't think Bioware Edmonton or Montreal will work on Star Wars games.
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(05-15-2013, 10:16 AM)
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So due to EA's "unprecedented partnership" with Nintendo. It's almost guaranteed that these games won't come out on WiiU.
disappeared
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Gerstmann predicted a Mirror's Edge-esque Jedi game.

Crazy if something like that developed.
Ushae
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(05-15-2013, 10:20 AM)

Originally Posted by Sober

RC-like SP campaign with BF-style MP, let's FUCKING DO IT.

HNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG

P.S. I heard that the Austin Studio is beginning to use Frostbite Engine, this is likely the new Star Wars game since their current TOR uses the abomination that is the Hero Engine. 2 teams possibly there?

KOTOR sold incredibly well for Bioware, no fucking way EA will pass that up. No way.
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Quentyn
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(05-15-2013, 10:22 AM)
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Originally Posted by Glass Rebel

I don't think this thread title is entirely accurate. It isn't really a new new studio.

:/

Yea, you are right. I was unsure if I should put that in the title or not. Technically it is a new DICE studio and they plan to hire a lot of new people so I went with it.
Aguirre
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(05-15-2013, 10:25 AM)
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Originally Posted by kurahador

What about Bioware?

what about bioware?
Metalmurphy
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(05-15-2013, 10:28 AM)
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Battlefront by Battlefield team is so obvious and awesome...


But then again... I do like my Battlefield better :/
ZoddGutts
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(05-15-2013, 10:37 AM)
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Originally Posted by Quentyn

Bioware Austin will continue to work on TOR and they might do another Star Wars game in the future who knows. I don't think Bioware Edmonton or Montreal will work on Star Wars games.

Would not be surprise if this happens. lol
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Venin
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Originally Posted by MasLegio

what about a Jedi Knight game based of the Mirrors Edge gameplay?

ony weapon is sword and the force

I just had an orgasm.
Deepack
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(05-15-2013, 10:55 AM)
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Originally Posted by Quentyn



Existing SW franchises, huh?

A new Battlefront? That was in it's essence just Battlefield set in the Star Wars universe.
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bloodyroarxx
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After EA branded every studio under the sun as a Bioware studio does renaming another one as DICE mean anything?
Quentyn
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Originally Posted by SunSunich

Looks like he deleted the tweet and rephrased it. I have added the new tweet to the OP.
Krilekk
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Originally Posted by kevcampbell

Does this mean they could move some of the DICE heads at sweden to LA?

Hope not as that could mean losing a couple of important people from the BF team right?

Means they're gonna create new DICE LA from the ashes of LucasArts.
TucoBenedictoPacifico
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(05-15-2013, 11:13 AM)
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Originally Posted by kurahador

What about Bioware?

The "everything-is-Bioware-season" has passed, from now on in EA everything will be DICE.
AHA-Lambda
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(05-15-2013, 11:15 AM)
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Mobile focus for the studio? :-/

http://www.vg247.com/2013/05/15/dice...-mobile-focus/
Glass Rebel
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Originally Posted by TucoBenedictoPacifico

The "everything-is-Bioware-season" has passed, from now on in EA everything will be DICE.

Obviously, it's their most prolific studio. Next up will be Criterion.

Originally Posted by AHA-Lambda

Mobile focus for the studio? :-/

http://www.vg247.com/2013/05/15/dice...-mobile-focus/

Why would they turn Danger Close into a mobile/social developer? Makes no sense.
Gintamen
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(05-15-2013, 12:28 PM)
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Those naming tactics of EA, it's like they have no shame at all.
DTKT
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Originally Posted by Glass Rebel

Obviously, it's their most prolific studio. Next up will be Criterion.



Why would they turn Danger Close into a mobile/social developer? Makes no sense.

Because they failed as an AAA studio.
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Spanish Wrath
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(05-15-2013, 12:34 PM)
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1313 please.
Nokterian
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Day One DLC,Season Pass,Microtransactions in a 60 dollar game. Yup that will be a EA Star Wars game all right.
wrowa
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Originally Posted by Glass Rebel

Why would they turn Danger Close into a mobile/social developer? Makes no sense.

After Warfighter it's a miracle the studio didn't get shut down.

Originally Posted by Nokterian

Day One DLC,Season Pass,Microtransactions in a 60 dollar game. Yup that will be a EA Star Wars game all right.

Aaactually, now that you say it, Battlefront could be an enormous cash cow as a F2P game.
GoddyofAus
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(05-15-2013, 12:46 PM)
If EA aren't putting Stockholm DICE on Star Wars after BF4 is done, they really are as dumb as dogshit.
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I feel it's worth noting that besides Danger Close staff EA was also picking up LucasArts staff recently.
CaptainTiptop
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...So is my Battlefront sequel going to be developed by Danger Close?

I don't know how I feel about that.
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Originally Posted by CaptainTiptop

...So is my Battlefront sequel going to be developed by Danger Close?

I don't know how I feel about that.

A fair amount of Danger Close's final incarnation included DICE veterans including BFBC2's lead multiplayer designer.
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I just wanna control an AT-ST.
Glass Rebel
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Originally Posted by DTKT

Because they failed as an AAA studio.

Originally Posted by wrowa

After Warfighter it's a miracle the studio didn't get shut down.

Putting failed AAA developers in charge of mobile games sounds like something EA would do, you're right.
spanks
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(05-15-2013, 01:34 PM)
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Originally Posted by Polk

So they just fired everyone at Danger Close to establish new studio under DICE name.
That makes sense.

God I hope not. Real DICE doing Battlefront was the only good part of the deal.
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AHA-Lambda
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Originally Posted by Nirolak

A fair amount of Danger Close's final incarnation included DICE veterans including BFBC2's lead multiplayer designer.

Jesus, what happened? :(
Plasma
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(05-15-2013, 02:01 PM)
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So when they say DICE will be developing Star Wars games they actually mean a new studio that has just been called DICE.

I guess they didn't learn their lesson after rebranding a bunch of studios as Bioware.

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