DICE Opens New LA Studio, Rumored To Be Working On Star Wars Game

Ever since we learned that EA picked up the exclusive publishing rights for any and all Star Wars games, we have been speculating who exactly would be working on these properties.  It looks like at least part of that question may have been cleared up.  DICE, creators of the incredible Frostbite engine and the vaunted Battlefield series, have reportedly opened a new studio in Los Angeles to work on a new Star Wars property.

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, via Joystiq, EA and DICE picked Los Angeles for a number of reasons.  “It’s no secret that our main competitor is there,” said DICE general manager Karl-Magnus Troedsson, speaking of Activision’s Call of Duty duo Infinity Ward and Treyarch, both of which are also based in southern California.  Hoping to tap the well of rich creative minds in the region, this news is a little surprising considering EA recently laid off about 10% of its global workforce, or around 900 people.

So how exactly will DICE be handling the Force?  No details yet, but most of us are hoping for an eventual Star Wars: Battlefront sequel, and DICE would be the perfect studio to handle that particular property.  They have the skills and the pedigree to pull it off, and it sounds like they are as excited as we are at the thought of it.

“People stood up and cheered, when I announced that we were working on Star Wars,” Troedsson stated.

Of course, the seemingly dead Star Wars 1313, which had a strong showing at E3, could be on the table, as well as an entirely new IP set within the galaxy far, far away.  One thing is for certain, we will be keeping a close eye on DICE and this rumored Star Wars project.  Here’s hoping they can do the franchise justice.