Thanks to an agreement between Disney and EA, DICE is hard at work on a new Star Wars, but not at their Swedish headquarters. Instead, the Battlefield developer has opened a new studio in Los Angeles, DICE LA, and plans to hire 60 employees to fill out a team that was “seeded with employees from EA’s global studios, including a number of core staff from the Medal of Honor team.”
But Karl-Magnus Troedsson, the General Manager of DICE, has another reason for wanting to move to Southern California. “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.” Troedsson is obviously referring to Activision, which is headquartered just outside of Los Angeles in Santa Monica. Infinity Ward and Treyarch, the two main Call of Duty teams, also reside in Los Angeles county.
Obviously, it’s much too early to speculate on what form the DICE-developed Star Wars will take. But I’m going to go out on a limb and say that plucking employees from the Medal of Honor team and DICE’s previous development history point to a Star Wars shooter.