EA has announced that it will acquire Respawn Entertainment, the developers behind the Titanfall franchise. The deal is apparently set for $315 million in cash and stock with a potential bonus of $140 million. In a statement, EA announced that it is currently working with Respawn on a new Titanfall game, a Star Wars title, and a VR title.
Respawn CEO Vince Zameplla told GamesBeat in an interview, "We have worked together a long time from the inception of the studio. [An acquisition] has come up from time to time. The question was, where we are in the industry, how do we take the next step in making bigger, better games. We see the need for bigger resources to make bigger games."
The acquisition will help EA and Respawn work more closely and coordinate more tightly on release schedules for games. According to some reports, the EA published Titanfall 2 suffered due to releasing a week after the EA published Battlefield 1.
While in the long term, the partnership is already resulting in Respawn working on a Star Wars game. An IP which EA currently has the exclusive rights to make Star Wars video games since 2013.
However, there will be questions regarding the acquisition, especially considering how close it comes off the heels of EA shutting down Visceral Games.
EA's Patrick Soderlund told VentureBeat that the closing of Visceral was "a creative decision" and unrelated to the Respawn purchase.