EA gobble up Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment

Respawn

The company today acquired Respawn Entertainment, the studio behind the Titanfall series.

The purchase price was $455 million in total - a combination of cash, equity, and performance-based bonuses.

EA CEO Andrew Wilson said that the Titanfall franchise embodies the publisher's goal of delivering "extraordinary and innovative new experiences", and that "with the Respawn team joining EA, we have exciting plans to accomplish even more incredible things in the future".

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

Respawn Entertainment is working on an untitled game in the Star Wars universe, the company announced late Thursday. Titanfall 2 was tremendously received a year ago despite poor sales which are widely pinned on the timing of the launch.

Respawn, the developer behind Titanfall, have been associated with EA for a long time, primarily working with the gaming major from its beginning.

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Vince Zampella has also posted 'A Letter From Vince' regarding this news, where he states that 'I will still be running things at Respawn and will also be a part of the studio leadership team at EA. All games now in development are continuing as planned.

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.

Kotaku reports that Korean games giant Nexon - who published the Titanfall mobile game - put in an offer, with EA given first refusal on the deal. Hidden alongside the acquisition announcement came other news though. EA ended up stepping in to outbid Nexon, and thus won the company all to its own.

Regardless, Respawn Entertainment has (for now) secured employment for hundreds of employees as they work towards two much-anticipated games. But it appears that the project is still on the table at this point, as it was called out by EA in its press release alongside the Star Wars and Titanfall.

Vince answers some of the more pressing questions people will have such as whether this will have any effect on Titanfall, why they chose to go with EA and more.

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