EA Buying Titanfall Devs Respawn Entertainment

by Dominic Parks November 12, 2017, 1:52
EA Buying Titanfall Devs Respawn Entertainment

According to various documents, EA outbid the South Korean publisher Nexon, which publishes the Titanfall mobile game and had also made an offer to buy Respawn.

Electronic Arts is set to add another studio to its stable, with Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment joining its ranks.

Respawn Entertainment was founded after Zampella and Jason West left Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward under murky circumstances. "Together, we've brought this to life in the Titanfall franchise, and now with the Respawn team joining EA, we have exciting plans to accomplish even more awesome things in the future". With Titanfall and Star Wars, EA has been a great development partner that supports us and doesn't interfere with our process for making games or studio culture. Respawn immediately began working on the sequel, Titanfall 2, which released in October 2016 on both the Xbox One and PS4, as well as PC, and the game has been considered a vast improvement from the first installment. Respawn's total compensation includes $151 million in cash, up to $164 million in stock options, and up to $140 million based on "achievement of certain performance milestones, relating to the development of future titles".

Alongside news of the acquisition, EA also revealed that a new Titanfall game is now in development at Respawn, as is a an untitled Star Wars game and a virtual reality game.

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"We've had success as an independent company but as we look to how we want to compete in the future, and the challenges that face us in a rapidly changing landscape, now is the time for us to combine forces with a global industry leader like EA". On the deal, he said 'While it wasn't necessary, going with EA made a lot of sense.

"I will still be running things at Respawn and will also be a part of the studio leadership team at EA".

The fact that EA acquired Respawn isn't concerning in and of itself; what is concerning is the timing of the acquisition. "All games now in development are continuing as planned".


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