Electronic Arts has just announced that they have opened a new branch of their DICE studios in Los Angeles, and the team will be utilized specifically for Star Wars games. EA recently reached an exclusive deal with Disney over the Star Wars license.
The studio opening comes at a time after EA cut 10 percent of its workforce throughout many of its smaller branches.
DICE’s general manager Karl-Magnus Troedsson claims that he wants 60 people working in the office by the end of 2013, and that he is on the lookout for recruiting talent, preferably from Call of Duty developers Treyarch and Infinity Ward.
“There is an extreme talent pool over that we want a part of. It’s no secret that our main competitor is there.”
EA has also confirmed that Star Wars will be running on the popular Frostbite graphics engine while the series remains under its wing. DICE LA will be joining BioWare and Visceral Games in making games for the IP.
Makes you wonder what will happen to all the other franchises that might have to suffer with the addition of Star Wars. Will we need another Mass Effect if BioWare is occupied on a more profitable sci-fi series. Is Dead Space dead in the water after the third game came up short financially and Visceral finds itself occupied? How about Medal of Honor? EA had already pulled the plug on the series for the time being, but with DICE making Star Wars shooters, will they be replacing the modern day warfare series as Battlefield‘s off-year cohort? Will it surpass Battlefield in the long haul?
So many questions.