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Ripple Effect Studios

Moby ID: 1060

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  • DICE Los Angeles (from 2013-05-15 to 2021-07-07)
  • Danger Close (from 2010-07 to 2013-05-15)
  • Electronic Arts Los Angeles (from 2000-02-24 to 2010-07)
  • DreamWorks Interactive L.L.C. (from 1995 to 2000-02-23)

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Ripple Effect Studios is a game development studio of Electronic Arts located in Los Angeles, California, USA.

The company was originally founded as DreamWorks Interactive in 1995 as a subsidiary of the film studio DreamWorks SKG. After a two-year publishing partnership with the studio, during which notable PlayStation titles as Trespasser: The Lost World and the original Medal of Honor were made, Electronic Arts acquired the company in February 2000 and renamed it Electronic Arts Los Angeles (EALA). The team would be best known for continuing the Medal of Honor series, as well as Clive Barker's Undying.

In early 2003, Electronic Arts merged two other studios into EALA: Westwood Studios and EA Pacific. These would form the RTS division that would only be separately mentioned in their games' credits. This team would continue developing games in the Command & Conquer franchise, as well as The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth series.

In January 2004, EALA relocated to a new, custom-designed West Los Angeles campus, which could house an additional 650+ development experts and creative artists.

In July 2010, Electronic Arts announced that the studio had been re-branded Danger Close. The trademark for the name was filed on 3 May 2010, while the RTS division was separately rebranded as Victory Games. For its first project using the new name the team worked together with EA Digital Illusions CE AB to reboot the Medal of Honor series. Danger Close designed the single-player and DICE did the multiplayer. The new Medal of Honor game was released in October 2010. The studio also contributed to the development of Battlefield 3 (2011) and Bulletstorm (2011). The MoH sequel Medal of Honor: Warfighter was released in October 2012 and was entirely developed by Danger Close.

On 15 May 2013, EA announced to rename the studio DICE LA, similar in name to its other Digital Illusions divisions. The studio was to work on Star Wars licenses for the company, but eventually worked on Battlefield as an auxiliary studio. In the late 2010s, it shifted to supporting Respawn Entertainment as well, and was taken over by Respawn Entertainment lead Vince Zampella on 3 January 2020. On 7 July 2021, the studio was rebranded as Ripple Effect Studios, announcing a return to original titles after finishing Battlefield 2042 and a new campus.

On 28 February 2024, some staff of the closed Ridgeline Games was moved to Ripple Effect.

Credited on 61 Games from 1996 to 2021

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Battlefield 2042 (2021 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One...)
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order (2019 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One...)
Bulletstorm: Duke of Switch Edition (2019 on Nintendo Switch)
Battlefield V (2018 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One...)
Battlefield 1 (2016 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Star Wars: Battlefront (2015 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Battlefield: Hardline (2015 on Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3...)
Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel (2013 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
Medal of Honor: Warfighter (2012 on Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
Battlefield 3 (2011 on Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
Bulletstorm (2011 on Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
Medal of Honor (2010 on Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight (2010 on Windows)
The Saboteur (2009 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
The Saboteur (2009 on Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Commander's Challenge (2009 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One)
Boom Blox Bash Party (2009 on Wii)
The Godfather II (2009 on Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Ultimate Edition (2009 on PlayStation 3)
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising (2009 on Windows)

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History +

February 28, 2024

Some of the staff of the closed Ridgeline Games is moved to Ripple Effect Studios.

July 7, 2021

Studio rebranded to Ripple Effect Studios, announcing a change of direction and a new campus.

January 3, 2020

Vince Zampella becomes new studio lead, announces another rebranding.

May 15, 2013

Studio rebranded again to DICE Los Angeles, becoming an auxiliary studio to DICE from Stockholm.

July 2010

Studio teams effectively split, but continue to operate from the same location. The FPS team is rebranded as Danger Close, while the RTS team is branded as Victory Games.

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Trivia +

Location and contact information (2004):

EA Los Angeles (EALA)

5510 Lincoln Blvd

Playa Vista, CA 90094, USA

Tel.: +1 310 754 7000

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