EA Will Buy Titanfall Developer Respawn Entertainment for as High as $455 Million

The two companies are working on another Titanfall game, and a Star Wars title.

News by Matt Kim, .

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.

EA is publishing Star Wars Battlefront 2

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.

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  • Avatar for Vodka-Tonic #1 Vodka-Tonic 5 months ago
    I guess EA ran out of lives, and needs to use microtransactions to purchase a respawn.

    On a serious note, RIP Respawn.
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  • Avatar for Zebetite #2 Zebetite 5 months ago
    Oh look, it's the next company to purchased and gutted by EA. Anyone who expects these guys to avoid Visceral's fate is a fool. You'd think decades of history would show developers that this is a bad idea, but money has a way of changing minds.
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  • Avatar for WiIIyTheAntelope #3 WiIIyTheAntelope 5 months ago
    Alright. Time to organize the betting pool. $5 a head.

    I have Respawn closed in 36 months.
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  • Avatar for Jonnyboy407 #4 Jonnyboy407 5 months ago

    Put me down for 37 months. I'm an optimist.
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  • Avatar for Retro-Plissken #5 Retro-Plissken 5 months ago
    Wow they didn't last long. Rip.
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  • Avatar for Lane #6 Lane 5 months ago
    And so begins the Respawn deathwatch.

    The cynic in me thinks EA sent Titanfall 2 out to die just so they could force Respawn to have to sell the company.Edited 2 times. Last edited November 2017 by Lane
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  • Avatar for donkeyintheforest #7 donkeyintheforest 5 months ago
    Just make titan fall 3 with multiplayer as good as titanfall 1 and single player like titan fall 2. and somehow make it so people understand how good those things actually are haha!
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  • Avatar for Ohoni #8 Ohoni 5 months ago
    Aaaaaaand, both games have been cancelled.

    And the stupid has been closed.
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  • Avatar for themblan #9 themblan 5 months ago
    RIP Respawn. The first Titanfall was a masterpiece. I wish more people still played it on PC. Attrition (TDM) is so boring.Edited November 2017 by themblan
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