Why We Think EA Bought Titanfall Developer Respawn

EA Has Acquired Titanfall Dev Respawn Entertainment Shannon Grixti

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.

Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment is now an EA studio: Electronic Arts announced today that it has reached an agreement to acquire the company for $315 million, plus "additional variable cash consideration that is contingent upon achievement of certain performance milestones, relating to the development of future titles, through the end of calendar 2022", that could add up to another $140 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. Respawn has a good pedigree too, it was founded by Call Of Duty veterans Jason West and Vince Zampella. Now, Respawn Entertainment will be working more closely with EA, as they have been bought by the company.

While it wasn't necessary, going with EA made a lot of sense. EA has been a great partner over the years with Titanfall and Titanfall 2, and we're excited to combine our strengths.

In a blog post published to the Respawn website, Zampella stated that he plans to continue running Respawn in addition to his new work as a member of EA's studio leadership team. Those bonuses apply to games that will be developed until 2023. Zampella also lauded EA for letting Respawn do its thing without interference, and allowing the studio to grow its own culture. No layoffs or major organizational changes are planned at Respawn as part of the acquisition.

The fact that EA acquired Respawn isn't concerning in and of itself; what is concerning is the timing of the acquisition. For $151 million, plus more in long-term equity, Respawn Entertainment is now officially under EA's banner.

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