EA has announced the opening of a new studio that will develop games based on the Star Wars universe.
DICE Los Angeles is an offshoot of the Swedish-based developer DICE, the creator of the critically acclaimed Battlefield series.
Earlier this month EA signed a multi-year agreement with Disney, the new owner of the Star Wars property, to develop core console and PC games based on Star Wars.
DICE CEO Karl Magnus-Troedsson told The Wall Street Journal that the studio is prepared to work on existing franchises, as well as new entries.
Some staff from EA’s Medal of Honor development studio, Danger Close, have joined DICE Los Angeles. Troedsson also made it clear he wished to woo talent away from the Activision studios working on its blockbuster Call of Duty series, Treyarch and Infinity Ward.
“There is an extreme talent pool over that we want a part of,” said Troedsson. “It's no secret that our main competitor is there.”
EA’s Star Wars games will be built on DICE’s Frostbite 3 engine, a decision that will effectively rule out Nintendo’s Wii U as a potential platform for future core Star Wars games.