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Published: Sat, November 11, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

EA Acquires Respawn Entertainment

EA Acquires Respawn Entertainment

Respawn is also the developer of Titanfall video game franchise and are now working on the third installment in the series and a yet-to-be-titled Star Wars game.

EA will fork out for $151 million in cash for the team, and has agreed to up to $164 million in long-term equity to be paid to employees, vested over four years.

Electronic Arts has officially bought longtime collaborator Respawn Entertainment, chiefly known for its "Titanfall" games.

Originally Titanfall wasn't owned by EA, and Respawn didn't work directly for EA.

In a post Company CEO Vince Zampella said they didn't have to join EA, but it made sense for them to join EA. "The question was, where we are in the industry, how do we take the next step in making bigger, better games", he said.

Notably, EA locked in a deal with Disney back in 2013 that gives EA exclusive rights to produce "Star Wars" games "for a core gaming audience".

EA has now acquired the studio for $455m (providing Respawn hits its targets).

Respawn was formed in 2010, a month after founders Jason West and Vince Zampella were fired from Activision's Infinity Ward for "breach of contract and insubordination".

But it's Respawn's other current project that EA is likely buying the studio for: A new "Star Wars" game.

The deal will supposedly see Respawn under EA's label up until 2022, so we'll see if they can survive that long but it would be a miracle if they did. That's exactly what happened, and EA decided it was going to win out.

A - Titanfall is and will remain a major part of our studio's DNA. They have only released two games, both belonging to the Titanfall franchise. With that being the case it is a bit of surprise that that they would go down this route once again instead of remaining independent, even though they have only really done for EA anyways.

The latter information is according to sources at Kotaku, who note that the upcoming Star Wars title and Titanfall 3 are in the pipeline for the company.

"EA will provide us with more resources, access to new technologies, and expertise in areas that Respawn values for future growth".

”Today we announced that Respawn will be joining EA.

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