EA has recently revealed that it will be buying Titanfall developers Respawn Entertainment in a deal potentially reaching hundreds of millions of dollars. EA also agreed to pay up to $140 million more if Respawn meets certain performance milestones related to future titles. "We've seen firsthand the world-class caliber of Respawn as a development studio with incredible vision, deep talent and an inspiring creative mindset", said Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts.
While some details of the acquisition are still unclear, it does make reference to Titanfall 3 - a game which hasn't been announced yet. Still, Respawn are a very talented bunch of developers, and if they can push against EA' practices as much as they can, they could come out of this okay.
EA confirmed via a press release on Thursday that it had acquired the video game studio Respawn Entertainment.
Respawn Entertainment was initially founded by former Infinity Ward heads Vince Zampella and Jason West in 2010. A cynical view of the acquisition would be that EA is a place where game studios go to die. Going forward, Zampella says Respawn will retain the same creative freedom that it has always had, only now with more resources at its disposal. News of the Respawn Star Wars video game comes on the heels of a recent announcement by EA that it had canceled an in-development high-profile game from its Visceral studios.
"We've had success as an independent company but as we look to how we want to compete in the future, and the challenges that face us in a rapidly changing landscape, now is the time for us to combine forces with a global industry leader like EA".
"I will still be running things at Respawn and will also be a part of the studio leadership team at EA". 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.