EA LA Undergoes Name Change; Danger Close Games is Born

July 24, 2010 Written by Kyle P.

Stark in contrast with the dramatic revamp the studio has done with the newest Medal of Honor, Electronic Arts Los Angeles (EALA) itself has undergone a minor transformation. The acclaimed studio is now going under a new name, quite appropriate given their work on the modern day Medal of Honor.

EA LA is now, officially, Danger Close Games. The studio is still a branch of Electronic Arts, and the first game under the studio’s new name will be Medal of Honor, which will hit consoles on October 12th. Executive producer Greg Goodrich had this to say on the name change:

“It doesn’t feel like we need to be reinvigorated. It feels like we already are. The deeper meaning of Danger Close is, that, yeah, we got through those times, but we’ve come out of it. We’ve got a great game we feel is going to do well.”

Makes sense. Goodrich then went on to say that ‘Danger Close’ symbolizes the studio’s newfound desire to constantly push the boundaries, always taking chances.

“When an individual is calling in for danger close fire, it’s the decision to take a chance, rather than sit back and call in from afar,” he said. “For our team, ‘danger close’ is about pushing the boundaries and taking chances on telling a story we felt needed to be told. It may be controversial, but we felt it needed to be told, and we’re telling it with respect and authenticity, to shine a light on these guys.”

Certainly Goodrich’s explanation on the transformation makes sense. Of course, EA LA is not the first internal Electronic Arts studio to undergo a name change. The team behind Dead Space became Visceral Games, which went on to develop Dante’s Inferno and now Dead Space 2.