Vince Zampella, one of two founders of Respawn Entertainment, will become head of EA’s DICE L.A, the Los Angeles Times announced on Thursday.
DICE L.A. is known as a support studio for DICE projects created by its Stockholm headquarters. It was opened in 2013 by EA and mostly consists of former Danger Close Games senior staff.
DICE L.A. does not have any of its own titles and Zampella’s presence is supposed to change this fact: they are already working on an unannounced game. Also, Zampella announced the studio will most likely change its name from DICE in a rebranding move.
As for Respawn Entertainment, Zampella is still on board, telling the Los Angeles Times his role there will be that of “head coach.” Respawn will remain separate from DICE L.A. Stig Asmussen is going to lead Respawn’s development of single-player games with a focus on storyline.
Also, let’s not forget about Respawn’s Oculus Rift exclusive Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, which is set for release sometime this year. The announcement trailer promises us an incredible dive during World War II, while Zampelła highlighted the stunning single-player experience and plot.