Titanfall Developer Respawn Entertainment Becomes an EA Owned Studio

Angelica Greene
November 10, 2017

EA has agree to acquire Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment. There are additional incentives in the deal that could be realized through performance milestones, capped at $140 million, and the deal is expected to close around the end of the year.

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. EA announced the purchase, as well as a new, in-development Titanfall game, in a press release. The company said it has agreed to pay $151 million in cash for Respawn, along with $164 million in equity awards that will vest over a four-year period. The company recently announced that it would work on a Star Wars game as well as a new title in the Titanfall franchise and also a VR gaming experience. Titanfall 2 was tremendously received past year despite poor sales which are widely pinned on the timing of the launch.

For fans, my message is we are still Respawn and we are going to make things better.

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"Our longtime partnership is grounded in a shared desire to push the boundaries and deliver extraordinary and innovative new experiences for players around the world", EA CEO Andrew Wilson said in a statement.

Respawn Entertainment CEO Vince Zampella will stay with the studio and noted that the acquisition ensures that EA Games will continue to "bring the resources and support we [ed: the studio] need for long term success, while still keeping our culture and creative freedom".

Zampella has this to say to people who are anxious about what toll the acquisition might take on Respawn's games. It seems that Respawn Entertainment is already working on a brand new Titanfall game. The first game, Titanfall, was published by EA in 2014, and received global recognition with more than 75 top awards.

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