EA to acquire Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment

Electronic Arts buys Respawn for more than $400 million, new Titanfall in the works

Electronic Arts buys Respawn for more than $400 million, new Titanfall in the works

In a statement, EA says that it will pay $151 million in cash, as well as up to $164 million in long-term equity in the form of restricted stock units to employees, as part of the deal. The developer has already worked with EA on numerous occasions and, together with the new Titanfall game, is also now working on an unnamed third-person action adventure game set in the Star Wars universe.

The acquisition gives EA all control over Respawn's output, with last year's Titanfall 2 struggling to meet its sales targets after it appeared to compete directly with the release of Battlefield 1 - a mistake we doubt will be repeated.

Respawn Entertainment was initially founded by former Infinity Ward heads Vince Zampella and Jason West in 2010. EA revealed two new titles along with the annual iterations of the company's sports games, as well as unveiling the highly anticipated "Star Wars: Battlefront II" open-world multiplayer gameplay.

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"While it wasn't necessary, going with EA made a lot of sense", he explains in a blog post.

Speaking of the acquisition, Respawn CEO Vince Zampella said that, "We felt that now was the time to join an industry leader that brings the resources and support we need for long term success, while still keeping our culture and creative freedom". News of the Respawn Star Wars video game comes on the heels of a recent announcement by EA that it had canceled an in-development high-profile game from its Visceral studios. "We've been talking closely with the leadership at EA and we share their values and vision for the future of being a developer-focused company that puts the players first". Zampella also lauded EA for letting Respawn do its thing without interference, and allowing the studio to grow its own culture. It's just splashed out and bought the development studio that created the game, Respawn. There will be no layoffs or major organization changes within Respawn. "This is a great next step for Respawn, EA, and our players".

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