DICE LA, the studio that makes a mysterious mode for Battlefield 2042, is now called Ripple Effect Studios. Along with collaborating with DICE on Battlefield, Ripple Effect hires for its own unannounced project.
The new name makes a lot of sense, not in the way it is officially meant ("even the smallest idea can change the world"), but because Ripple Effect, as a study, has had a character similar to the one. 39; wave, changing shape, dividing and once temporarily disappearing below the surface before reappearing.
Its history dates back to 1995, when DreamWorks Interactive was formed. Among other games, DreamWorks Interactive produced the first Medal of Honor, which EA released before buying the studio and changing it to EA Los Angeles. As EA Los Angeles, the developer turned Clive Barker & # 39; s Undying, The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth, some Command & Conquer games (EA closed Westwood in 2003 and consolidated what was left of EA LA) and much more Games and expansions of the Medal of Honor. In 2010, EA LA changed its name to Danger Close Games and devoted itself solely to restarting the Medal of Honor series. This did not go as well as expected, and Danger Close was shut down after the release of Medal of Honor: Warfighter.
You can finish the DreamWorks Interactive / EA Los Angeles / Danger Close story there, but I wouldn’t finish telling the full story. His lineage continued when some of Danger Close’s senior executives formed DICE LA in 2013. Christian Grass, one of the development directors for the Medal of Honor reboot, was one of those who made the leap. He became CEO of DICE LA and will continue to lead the studio now called Ripple Effect. Vince Zampella, co-founder of Respawn Entertainment, also began overseeing DICE LA in January 2020.
This is his own interesting ripple: Zampella helped lead the development of the 2002 Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, which was published by EA but not developed by EA Los Angeles. After that, he co-founded Infinity Ward and started the Call of Duty series, and in 2010 he dropped with Activision and co-founded Respawn, which was bought by EA in 2017 and recently released a Medal of Honor VR game. Full circle! (Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond era not very good, sadly.)
The name change and the unannounced game plan were the two expected developments, as Zampella said they would be happening in 2020. Still, it represents an important pivot for the studio. When DICE LA was founded, the studio manager at the time told IGN that "it was an additional flat in Stockholm, conveniently located in Los Angeles," a part of DICE, not its own. Now, Grass says the studio has developed its "own way of doing things" and plans to grow as it establishes its own identity.
We don't know anything about the unpredictable game that Ripple Effect is working on, but we've heard a bit about its secret Battlefield 2042 mode. EA describes it as a "love letter" to fans of the Battlefield series, and it will be revealed on EA Play Live on July 22nd. Rumor has it that this is a sandbox mode with maps, weapons and vehicles from the entire history of Battlefield. .
Grass and Zampella will appear on an EA live broadcast called The Future of FPS this Thursday, July 8, during which EA says they will "leave tips" on Ripple Effect's Battlefield 2042 mode. It will air at 10 a.m. in the Pacific EA Twitch Channel.
On your website, Ripple Effect is currently hiring artists, designers and engineers.