EA acquiring Respawn Entertainment for up to $455M

Sheri Evans
November 10, 2017

Electronic Arts is purchasing Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment.

EA has served as the publisher of Respawn's games so far, including last year's Titanfall 2.

In a statement, EA says that it will pay $151 million in cash, as well as up to $164 million in long-term equity in the form of restricted stock units to employees, as part of the deal. The deal was confirmed by Respawn CEO Vince Zampella in an interview with GamesBeat. Hidden alongside the acquisition announcement came other news though. "We felt that now was the time to join an industry leader that brings the resources and support we need for long term success, while still keeping our culture and creative freedom. Together, we've brought this to life in the Titanfall franchise, and now with the Respawn team joining EA, we have exciting plans to accomplish even more wonderful things in the future".

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 unbelievable things in the future".

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Respawn is the creator and developer of the critically-acclaimed Titanfall franchise that energized the first-person shooter genre with its innovative gameplay.

Accompanying this news is the revelation that Respawn seems to already be at work on three different projects for EA. The question was, where we are in the industry, how do we take the next step in making bigger, better games.

While it wasn't necessary, going with EA made a lot of sense.

Respawn will also receive bonuses tied to Metacritic scores for both its upcoming Star Wars game and the unannounced Titanfall 3, according to that documentation. EA clearly have more confidence in it than they had in Visceral's efforts, which led to the recent closure of that particular studio. "That's what gets those studios to make great games".

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