Published: Fri, November 10, 2017
Technology | By Russell Knight

EA Buys Titanfall And Its Developer, Respawn; New Titanfall Game Coming

EA Buys Titanfall And Its Developer, Respawn; New Titanfall Game Coming

Well, not anymore. Today, EA has announced that it has acquired Respawn Entertainment for a cool $315 million in cash and stock, plus a possible bonus of $140 million.

"While it wasn't necessary, going with EA made a lot of sense", Zampella said. EA acquiring the studio could well propel Titanfall to new heights, though many fear that it could also see the game become a vehicle for loot boxes, microtransactions and other such divisive EA strategies.

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"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 CEO Andrew Wilson said in a press release.

"We have worked together a long time from the inception of the studio", explained Zampella to GamesBeat.

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The latter information is according to sources at Kotaku, who note that the upcoming Star Wars title and Titanfall 3 are in the pipeline for the company. The question was, where we are in the industry, how do we take the next step in making bigger, better games.

Respawn Entertainment was initially founded by former Infinity Ward heads Vince Zampella and Jason West in 2010.

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He also promised the games Respawn is now working on "are continuing as planned", and the deal wouldn't lead to any job cuts, which is often a hazard of these big deals. Furthermore, EA outbid Nexon's bid to buy Respawn, with EA given 30 days to match the offer due to their contractual obligations. Up to this point, EA have been publishers for Respawn's Titanfall series, but the studio has been independent with regards to its ownership. We don't know what to expect from the Titanfall game, though Respawn has expressed interest in continuing the series. Visceral Games was shut down on October 17, ultimately cutting losses of their Star Wars title in active development while letting go of some of their employees.

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