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EA Digital Illusions CE

Electronic Arts Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment AB, commonly known as EA DICE or simply DICE, is a Swedish video game developer. read more

EA Digital Illusions CE

Electronic Arts Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment AB, commonly known as EA DICE or simply DICE, is a Swedish video game developer.

Description

The company was founded in 1992 and has been a subsidiary of Electronic Arts since 2004. Its releases include the Battlefield series, Mirror's Edge, and Star Wars Battlefront.

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History

DICE was founded as Digital Illusions in May 1992 in Växjö, Sweden by five people: Ulf Mandorff, Olof Gustafsson, Fredrik Liliegren, Andreas Axelsson and Markus Nyström, members of the former demogroup The SilentsThe Silents‍ ' work is visible in some DICE games. For example, The Silents used the acronym TSL; this acronym is visible in Motorhead on banners and signs. According to the Motorhead manual, TSL is said to stand for "Trans-atlantic Speed League", a case of a backronym.

For an extended period of time, while the employees were also students at Växjö University, the company's office consisted of a small dorm room. During those days the company developed popular pinball games for the Amiga computers, such as Pinball Dreams, Pinball Fantasies and Pinball Illusions. The company moved to Gothenburg in 1994 where it was headquartered until 2005, when that office was merged with the ex-Refraction Games office in Stockholm.

In 1998, the company was registered on the Swedish stock exchange. Although Codename Eagle received a small cult following, the biggest break for DICE was the release of Battlefield 1942 and its sequels and expansions. The Battlefield series jump-started their popularity. In 2004, the total value of the company was estimated at approximately US$55 million.

Expansion

In January 2000, the company bought Refraction Games and 90% of Synergenix Interactive. This was followed in March 2001 by the acquisition of Sandbox Studios in London, Ontario, Canada.

EA's acquisition

In November 2004, Electronic Arts announced their intent to purchase all outstanding shares in DICE at a price of 61 kr per share. The board of directors of DICE recommended that the company's shareholders accept the offer. Electronic Arts owned 62% of DICE on 31 March 2005.

On 2 October 2006, EA completed the acquisition for 67.75 kr per share for 2.6 million shares, for a total of 175.5 million kr. DICE was renamed to EA Digital Illusions CE, and CEO Patrick Söderlund became an EA Studio General Manager. DICE Canada, which at the time was being run by DICE co-founder Fredrik Liliegren, was closed down immediately upon acquisition.

In May 2013, DICE Los Angeles was opened as an additional location to DICE. It was formed some time after the dissolution of EA's former subsidiary Danger Close Games, also known before as EA Los Angeles, as a consequence of the commercial failure of Medal of Honor: Warfighter. Several Danger Close employees were transferred to the new studio, while the leadership team including studio manager Fredrik Loving moved from Stockholm. DICE Los Angeles had co-operated with DICE Stockholm in the development of Battlefield 4. The L.A. studio is also working on unannounced projects, built on the Frostbite 3 engine. In May 2013, DICE General Manager Karl-Magnus Troedsson said in an interview: ”There is an extreme talent pool over that we want a part of.”

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Games developed

TitleYearPlatform(s)Notes
Pinball Dreams1992Amiga, NES, MS-DOS
Pinball FantasiesAmiga, MS-DOS, NES, 3DO
Amiganoid1994Amiga
BenefactorAmiga
HardcoreSega GenesisFinished but never released
Pinball Illusions1995Amiga, MS-DOS
True Pinball1997PlayStation, Sega Saturn
S40 RacingMicrosoft Windows
Motorhead1998Microsoft Windows, PlayStation
Swedish Touring Car Championship1999Microsoft Windows
Swedish Touring Car Championship 22000Microsoft Windows
Rally MastersMicrosoft Windows
Riding Champion: Legacy of Rosemond HillMicrosoft Windows
NASCAR HeatPlayStationIn collaboration with Monster Games
Matchbox Emergency Patrol2001Microsoft Windows
JumpStart Wildlife Safari Field TripPlayStation
JumpStart Dino Adventure Field TripGame Boy Color
Diva Starz: Mall ManiaGame Boy Color
ShrekXbox, GameCube
Rallisport Challenge2002Microsoft Windows, Xbox
Pryzm: Chapter One — The Dark UnicornPlayStation 2
Battlefield 1942Microsoft Windows, OS X
Shrek Extra LargeGameCube
V8 ChallengeMicrosoft Windows
Battlefield 1942: The Road to Rome2003Microsoft Windows, OS XExpansion pack for Battlefield 1942
Midtown Madness 3Xbox
Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWIIMicrosoft Windows, OS XExpansion pack for Battlefield 1942
Battlefield Vietnam2004Microsoft Windows
Rallisport Challenge 2Xbox
Battlefield 22005Microsoft Windows
Battlefield 2: Modern CombatPlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360
Battlefield 2: Special ForcesMicrosoft WindowsExpansion pack for Battlefield 2
Battlefield 2: Euro Force2006Microsoft WindowsExpansion pack for Battlefield 2
Battlefield 2: Armored FuryMicrosoft WindowsExpansion pack for Battlefield 2
Battlefield 2142Microsoft Windows, OS X
Battlefield 2142: Northern Strike2007Microsoft Windows, OS XExpansion pack for Battlefield 2142
Battlefield: Bad Company2008PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Mirror's EdgeMicrosoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS
Battlefield Heroes2009Microsoft WindowsIn collaboration with Easy Studios; freedownload
Battlefield 1943Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Battlefield: Bad Company 22010Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS
Need for Speed: Hot PursuitMicrosoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360, iOS, Android,Windows PhoneIn collaboration with Criterion Games
Battlefield OnlineMicrosoft WindowsIn collaboration with Neowiz Games; freedownload
Medal of HonorMicrosoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Developed the multiplayer aspect
Battlefield: Bad Company 2: VietnamMicrosoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Expansion pack for Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Battlefield Play4Free2011Microsoft WindowsIn collaboration with Easy Studios; freedownload
Battlefield 3Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS
Battlefield 3: Back to KarkandMicrosoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Expansion pack for Battlefield 3
Battlefield 3: Close Quarters2012Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Expansion pack for Battlefield 3
Battlefield 3: Armored KillMicrosoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Expansion pack for Battlefield 3
Battlefield 3: AftermathMicrosoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Expansion pack for Battlefield 3
Battlefield 3: End Game2013Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Expansion pack for Battlefield 3
Battlefield 4Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Battlefield 4: China RisingMicrosoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox OneExpansion pack for Battlefield 4
Battlefield 4: Second Assault2014Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox OneExpansion pack for Battlefield 4
Battlefield 4: Naval StrikeMicrosoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox OneExpansion pack for Battlefield 4
Battlefield 4: Dragon's TeethMicrosoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox OneExpansion pack for Battlefield 4
Battlefield 4: Final StandMicrosoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox OneExpansion pack for Battlefield 4
Battlefield Hardline2015Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox OneIn collaboration with Visceral Games
Star Wars BattlefrontMicrosoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Mirror's Edge Catalyst2016Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox OneIn development


This article uses material from the Wikipedia article EA DICE, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0. 

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