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EA Buys Respawn, Developers of Titanfall and New Star Wars Game

EA Buys Respawn, Developers of Titanfall and New Star Wars Game

Earlier today, it was revealed that EA picked up Respawn Entertainment - developer of the Titanfall series, formed by ex-Call of Duty creators - for over $400 million United States dollars. Respawn's total compensation includes $151 million in cash, up to $164 million in stock options, and up to $140 million based on "achievement of certain performance milestones, relating to the development of 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. 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.

Respawn is known for the Titanfall series of games, which EA has published.

Respawn and EA have had a close relationship for years now, and EA isn't shy about opening up its wallet to acquire new studios when it smells success. At the time, Respawn co-founder Jason West praised how the deal was structured, telling Games Industry at the time, "the EA Partners deal really seemed like it would allow us the freedom and independence to do whatever we wanted. While it wasn't necessary, going with EA made a lot of sense", he wrote. EA has been a great partner over the years with Titanfall and Titanfall 2, and we're excited to combine our strengths. "EA will provide us with more resources, access to new technologies, and expertise that we can tap into to that will help us make better games, and Respawn will retain the same creative freedom and culture we've always had". Zampella also lauded EA for letting Respawn do its thing without interference, and allowing the studio to grow its own culture. Those bonuses apply to games that will be developed until 2023.

Thursday's deal does not break down exactly how that arrangement would change, but presumably, the acquisition includes rights to Respawn's IP and other creations.

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