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 Dollars. Nevertheless, the deal will see EA pay over USD$300 million in cash and shares, and up to an additional $140 million in performance bonuses.
Early a year ago, EA announced that it had contracted Respawn to make a Star Wars action game, in addition to the Battlefront series and what was then planned as a Star Wars action-adventure from Visceral, which has since been canceled.
Do you think Respawn and their image of the franchise will change much, now that they're in the EA family? EA revealed two new titles along with the annual iterations of the company's sports games, as well as unveiling the highly anticipated "Star Wars: Battlefront II" open-world multiplayer gameplay.
EA weren't the only publisher interested in Respawn: South Korean publisher Nexon, who published Lawbreakers earlier in the year and the Titanfall mobile game, were frontrunners before being matched by EA, who had a 30-day window to submit a bid. The video game developer - created by former Infinity Ward executives and Call of Duty creators Jason West and Vince Zampella - burst onto the scene in 2014 with their Xbox exclusive shooter game, Titanfall. "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". News of the Respawn Star Wars video game comes on the heels of a recent announcement by EA that it had canceled an in-development high-profile game from its Visceral studios. "This is a great next step for Respawn, EA, and our players", Respawn CEO Vince Zampella said. Respawn is a bit of a titan itself in the game development arena, and here is hoping it does not fall.
The terms of the acquisition state that Respawn will now be a part of the EA Worldwide Studios division, alongside outfits like Motive Studios and Ghost Games.