EA buys Titanfall dev Respawn Entertainment for as much as $455M

12 November, 2017, 01:55 | Author: Becky Perry
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The company today acquired Respawn Entertainment, the studio behind the Titanfall series. The deal will cost EA a massive $151 million in cash, and up to $164 million in stock.

Among other things, the buyout preserves Respawn's continued work on an upcoming EA game set in the Star Wars universe; EA now enjoys an exclusive license to making Star Wars-related video games, and any takeover by another company would have to resolve whether or how such a project would continue in production.

In the years following, a good chunk of Infinity Ward's staff made the jump to Respawn to work on the studio's flagship Titanfall franchise.

"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.

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Titanfall was an enormous success for the studio, having sold upwards of four million copies on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One; an impressive feat considering that it was the first title for the new studio as well as one of the first major titles for Microsoft's new video game console. 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", he wrote. With Titanfall and Star Wars, EA has been a great development partner that supports us and doesn't interfere with our process for making games or studio culture. In a blog post concerning the deal on the Respawn website, Zampella says that the studio is joining EA to better compete in the future with access to more resources, new technologies, and more.

"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".

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.

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