This doesn’t appear to be a new studio, as such. EA is restructuring and part of that process appears to be the renaming and expansion of the studio that has most recently been known as Danger Close.
Danger Close has gone through a number of names since it was purchased (as DreamWorks Interactive) back in 2000. It was subsequently merged with EA Pacific and Westwood to become EA Los Angeles. Then it was finally renamed as Danger Close. Now it seems set for some expansion and another rebranding as DICE Los Angeles.
An article in the Wall Street Journal (paywalled) has outed the reorganisation of the studio that was largely responsible for the single player portions of the two most recent Medal of Honor games. While those games weren’t exactly the pinnacle of first person shooting this generation, there were a few good ideas and plenty of enjoyable elements, at least in the first of the reboots.
The studio is already expanding and hopes to add another 60 members of staff before the end of the year. They’ll be working on EA’s new Star Wars licenses, with many hoping for something along the lines of a Battlefront sequel. I personally think that’s a little unlikely – Battlefront as a title is too similar to Battlefield and EA won’t want to confuse people over two of its own releases. Battlefront by another name (Republic Commando, perhaps?) is still very feasible though.