EA Buying Titanfall Devs Respawn Entertainment

EA Buying Titanfall Devs Respawn Entertainment

Electronic Arts (EA) will acquire Respawn Entertainment in a surprise deal. All totaled, the EA deal, which involves cash, options, and performance-based incentives, is valued at $455 million.

As part of the announcement, EA confirmed that the three previously-announced projects are still in the works at Respawn, which are a third-person Star Wars game being overseen by God of War III director Stig Asmussen, a new entry in the Titanfall series, and an Oculus Rift-exclusive VR game now scheduled for release in 2019.

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.

"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. The video game developer - created by former Infinity Ward executives and Call of Duty creators Jason West and Vince Zampella - burst onto the scene in 2014 with their Xbox exclusive shooter game, Titanfall. "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". A cynical view of the acquisition would be that EA is a place where game studios go to die. Respawn will retain the same creative free we've always had. 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. Respawn is a bit of a titan itself in the game development arena, and here is hoping it does not fall.

It says a lot about where EA are at right now as a publisher and in the eyes of gamers that this news was met with alarm.

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

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