EA has revealed that Respawn CEO, Vince Zampella, will be taking a new role as the head of DICE LA while also remaining the studio head of Respawn Entertainment.
Revealed earlier today in the LA Times, EA has appointed Respawn Entertainment CEO and co-founder, Vince Zampella will soon be taking on the role as the head of DICE LA, the studio responsible for helping on game franchises such as Medal of Honor, Command & Conquer, and even helping with titles such as Battlefield: Hardline.
Zampella has confirmed that a studio name change and an announced title are already in the works. The studio, however, will remain a separate entity from Respawn Entertainment. In the report from the LA Times, “Under Zampella, there are plans to expand and launch an original, as-yet-unrevealed game. The company will remain separate from Respawn and, Zampella says, likely will drop the DICE name.”
While it seems that Zampella will be overseeing operations of the studio, Zampella has stated he wants to give the studio “a new image. We want people to say, ‘This is a destination you can go and make new content.’”
His reputation isn’t one to shrug away. He’s worked with some extremely talented people including Stig Asmussen, director of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, who will oversee the narrative-driven branch of the studio. Apex Legends will remain to be overseen by Chad Grenier while Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, a brand-new VR title, will be overseen by Peter Hirschmann.
For EA, Respawn Entertainment is one of their flagship studios, seeing an outstanding 2019, and their work will be cut out for them in rebuilding DICE LA. The new studio will definitely have a thriving chance as Respawn Entertainment’s teams have seen a hefty amount of success with critically acclaimed titles such as renewed success with Titanfall 2 thanks Apex Legends, and even further critical acclaim thanks to Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order in the past year alone.
It already seems that Respawn Entertainment is lining up for a strong 2020 and beyond. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens as there are rumors that Respawn Entertainment already has a new Titanfall-related title in the works.
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