Battlefield 4 developer opens studio in Los Angeles
Battlefield 4 developer DICE has opened a new studio in Los Angeles. DICE is expanding its development team with the recent announcement that they’ll be working on a Star Wars game. The LA studio has already opened and several Medal Of Honor developers have joined.
DICE General manager Karl-Magnus Troedsson said that there is “an extreme talent pool” in the Los Angeles area, and that it’s “no secret our main competitor is there”. By “main competitor”, Troedsson referred to Call of Duty developers Infinity Ward and Treyarch — both are based in Los Angeles.
Activision is fearing stiff competition from Battlefield 4, which is why they are looking to increase the marketing budget of Call of Duty Ghosts.
Last week EA secured the video game rights to Star Wars, and it was confirmed that a DICE Star Wars game was in development. Battlefield 4 is still developed at DICE HQ in Stockholm, Sweden, while it’s likely that the new LA studio will take on the Star Wars duties.
Currently, Battlefield 4 is the only confirmed game that DICE is working on. Many have speculated that the studio is secretly working on Mirror’s Edge 2 side by side. DICE will be at E3 this year to showcase Battlefield 4 and the new Frostbite 3 game engine.