Danger Close Games

Danger Close Games (formerly DreamWorks Interactive and EA Los Angeles) was an American video game developer based in Los Angeles. The company was founded in 1995 as joint venture between DreamWorks and Microsoft under the name DreamWorks Interactive. It was acquired by Electronic Arts and renamed EA Los Angeles in 2000, and to Danger Close Games in 2010. Danger Close's sole responsibility after 2010 was to develop games in the Medal of Honor franchise. When the series was put on hold in January 2013, Danger Close was shut down, with some staff moving on to DICE LA.

Danger Close Games
Formerly
  • DreamWorks Interactive (1995–2000)
  • EA Los Angeles (2000–2010)
Subsidiary
IndustryVideo games
FateDissolved
SuccessorDICE LA
Founded1995 (1995)
Defunct2013 (2013)
Headquarters,
U.S.
ProductsMedal of Honor
Parent
Websitedice.se/ 

History

As DreamWorks Interactive (1995–2000)

DreamWorks and Microsoft announced on March 22, 1995, that they were establishing a game development company, DreamWorks Interactive, as a joint venture. The studio's operations were to be set up in Redmond, Washington, and Los Angeles.[1] According to Leslie Helm of the Los Angeles Times, the company's initial computer game titles were relatively unsuccessful. Its biggest hit by August 1997 was Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland, with sales of 130,000 units, according to PC Data. Helm called this "a modest success".[2] In 1999, the studio saw its most successful release with first-person shooter video game Medal of Honor, published by Electronic Arts on October 31, 1999 for PlayStation.

Under Electronic Arts (2000–2013)

Following the success of Medal of Honor, Electronic Arts acquired DreamWorks Interactive from DreamWorks and Microsoft in February 2000.[3] The company was renamed EA Los Angeles and would from then on focus on developing titles in the Medal of Honor series, releasing Medal of Honor: Underground the same year.[4] On August 6, 2003, EA Los Angeles moved from their offices in Bel Air to a new campus in Playa Vista.[5] On that campus, the studio was merged with EA Pacific, and received some employees from previously closed Westwood Studios, leading EA Los Angeles to start working in the Command & Conquer series.[6]

In July 2010, EA Los Angeles was rebranded to Danger Close Games to focus on the development of Medal of Honor games.[7] With the rebranding referencing a term from the Medal of Honor series, the studio would exclusively focus on the Medal of Honor games.[8] Their first project was the 2010 Medal of Honor, which was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on October 12, 2010.[9] A follow-up, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, was released on October 23, 2012. In January 2013, Electronic Arts announced that the Medal of Honor series was taken 'out of rotation' and put on hold, following to the poor reception received by Warfighter.[10] With this move, Danger Close was effectively closed; some developers moved to other EA studios, while others left the Los Angeles area.[11][12] Some senior staff of Danger Close formed the groundwork for DICE LA, a sub-studio of EA DICE, which was formed in May 2013.[13]

Games developed

As DreamWorks Interactive

Year Title Platform(s)
1996 Someone's in the Kitchen! Microsoft Windows
Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair Microsoft Windows
Goosebumps: Escape from HorrorLand Microsoft Windows
The Neverhood Microsoft Windows
1997 Chaos Island: The Lost World Microsoft Windows
Goosebumps: Attack of the Mutant Microsoft Windows
Dilbert's Desktop Games Microsoft Windows
The Lost World: Jurassic Park PlayStation
1998 Skullmonkeys PlayStation
Small Soldiers PlayStation
Small Soldiers: Squad Commander Microsoft Windows
Trespasser Microsoft Windows
1999 BoomBots PlayStation
T'ai Fu: Wrath of the Tiger PlayStation
Warpath: Jurassic Park PlayStation
Medal of Honor PlayStation
2000 Medal of Honor: Underground PlayStation

As EA Los Angeles / Danger Close Games

Year Title Platform(s)
2001 Clive Barker's Undying macOS, Microsoft Windows
2002 Medal of Honor: Frontline GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox
2003 Medal of Honor: Rising Sun GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox
2004 GoldenEye: Rogue Agent GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault Microsoft Windows
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth Microsoft Windows
2005 Medal of Honor: European Assault GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox
2006 The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360
2007 Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars macOS, Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360
Medal of Honor: Vanguard PlayStation 2, Wii
Medal of Honor: Airborne Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 PlayStation Portable, Wii
2008 Boom Blox Wii
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2009 Boom Blox Bash Party Wii
2010 Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight Microsoft Windows
Medal of Honor Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2012 Medal of Honor: Warfighter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

References

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