Titanfall Developer Respawn Entertainment Becomes an EA Owned Studio

Isaac Cain
November 10, 2017

The studio is now developing a third installment in the Titanfall series, some sort of Star Wars game, and an unnamed VR experience. There is $151 million in cash, $164 million in restricted long-term stock grants, and up to $140 million in performance-based incentives.

"We've seen firsthand the world-class caliber of Respawn as a development studio with incredible vision, deep talent and an inspiring creative mindset", EA Chief Executive Andrew Wilson said in the news release. "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". In a blog post concerning the deal on the Respawn website, Zampella says that the studio is joining EA to better compete in the future with access to more resources, new technologies, and more. Respawn and EA launched Titanfall 2 in late 2016, with a new single-player campaign and expanded multiplayer gameplay, resulting in one of the year's top-rated shooters. "It doesn't change the future of Titanfall". EA had 30 days to match Nexon's offer which they ultimately did and the staff at Respawn were notified of the acquisition in a meeting earlier today. The question was, where we are in the industry, how do we take the next step in making bigger, better games. Though West eventually left the studio, Zampella has remained a lead figure for the Titanfall games, which have been published by EA.

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"While it wasn't necessary, going with EA made a lot of sense", Zampella said. The two former Infinity Ward heads were infamously fired and sued by Activision in 2010 before forming Respawn Entertainment.

Accompanying this news is the revelation that Respawn seems to already be at work on three different projects for EA. "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".

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