EA Acquires Respawn Entertainment For (Up To) $455 Million

EA Acquires Respawn Entertainment For (Up To) $455 Million

Along with the announcement, it was further revealed that the developer is now working on a new Titanfall game.

EA has announced that is plans to acquire Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment.

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 upfront payment of $151 million will buy the studio itself while further payments are due of $164 million in long-term equity and $140 million in performance milestone payments, which effectively means they have to deliver on Metacritic. Respawn immediately began working on the sequel, Titanfall 2, which released in October 2016 on both the Xbox One and PS4, as well as PC, and the game has been considered a vast improvement from the first installment.

Respawn Entertainment was founded after Zampella and Jason West left Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward under murky circumstances. EA recently shuttered Dead Space developer Visceral Games (formerly known as EA Redwood Shores) and is now in the process of reworking the game from being an action-adventure single-player title to something akin to DICE's Battlefront series, with a potential multiplayer component and microtransactions to profit from. Respawn will retain the same creative free we've always had. In a blog post, Respawn boss Vince Zampella said it wasn't necessary to join EA, but that it made a lot of sense, given that "EA has been a great development partner".

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Thursday's deal does not break down exactly how that arrangement would change, but presumably, the acquisition includes rights to Respawn's IP and other creations.

Zampella says he will continue to run things at Respawn and will become a part of the leadership team at EA.

"EA will provide us with more resources, access to new technologies, and expertise in areas that Respawn values for future growth".

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