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Electronic Arts Los Angeles
EALA 2002-2010
Industry

Video game developer

Products

Medal of Honor series
GoldenEye: Rogue Agent
Command & Conquer series
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth
Boom Blox

Headquarters

Los Angeles, California

Parent company

Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts Los Angeles (abbreviated EALA) was a game development studio that created Command & Conquer games from 2003 to 2010, as well as the Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-Earth franchise.

History

The company started as DreamWorks Interactive in 1996, and was bought and renamed by Electronic Arts in February 2000. EA Pacific and remnants of Westwood Studios were merged along with DreamWorks Interactive into Electronic Arts Los Angeles in January 2003, when Westwood Studios was shut down.

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The EALA building, as seen in Red Alert 3

The first move of the reinforced studio was finishing Command & Conquer: Generals, followed by the Zero Hour expansion, which were received quite well among players and modders alike. During the next three years, EALA released two games and one expansion pack of the new Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-Earth franchise, based on the SAGE engine used in Generals.

In 2006, a new Command & Conquer game was announced - Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, and was released in March, 2007. The game was expanded with Kane's Wrath in 2008. Later that year, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 was released, but received mixed opinions in the Command & Conquer community - it was both praised for its gameplay that somewhat revolutionized the series, but was also panned for its cartoonish art style. The Uprising expansion came in 2009, along with its console counterpart, Commander's Challenge.

In 2010, EALA released its final game, Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight, which was widely panned for abandoning the original RTS formula and ending the Tiberium Universe with a poor storyline. EA had been already firing employees before Tiberian Twilight was released, including their Los Angeles branch. EALA was later rebranded as Danger Close and developed first-person shooters in the Medal of Honor series (subsequently closed in 2013 and merged to DICE LA), while the Command & Conquer series was forwarded to Victory Games (subsequently closed in 2013).

Games

As Dreamworks Interactive

  • Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland
  • The Neverhood
  • Someone's in the Kitchen!
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  • Goosebumps: Attack of the Mutant
  • Dilbert's Desktop Games
  • Small Soldiers
  • Small Soldiers: Squad Commander
  • Trespasser: Jurassic Park
  • T'ai Fu: Wrath of the Tiger
  • Warpath: Jurassic Park
  • Medal of Honor
  • BoomBots
  • Medal of Honor: Underground
  • Clive Barker's Undying

As Electronic Arts Los Angeles

As Danger Close

  • Medal of Honor
  • Medal of Honor: Warfighter

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