Friday, November 10th 2017

EA Acquires Titanfall, Titanfall 2 Developer Respawn Entertainment for $455M

Publisher EA has just announced that they are acquiring Titanfall and Titanfall 2 development studio Respawn Entertainment. The deal, which includes cash, equity, and performance milestone payments valued at $455M, will add one more studio to the publisher's wing, just weeks after EA announced the shuttering of Visceral Studios and the end of its single-player, linear, story-driven Star Wars game. EA fought for this acquisition, outbidding South Korean publisher Nexon, who also had their eyes on Respawn.

"We've had success as an independent company but as we look to how we want to compete in the future, and the challenges that face us in a rapidly changing landscape, now is the time for us to combine forces with a global industry leader like EA," said Vince Zampella, Respawn Entertainment's CEO in a blog post on Respawn's website. "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," he added. "We've been talking closely with the leadership at EA and we share their values and vision for the future of being a developer-focused company that puts the players first."
EA was publisher for Respawn's Titanfall and Titanfall 2, which were released to critical and user acclaim. Titanfall 2, in particular, was extremely well received by reviewers and users, and has been receiving continued free support by way of patches and additional multiplayer content by the developers. However, the game did launch to somewhat disappointing sales that didn't line up with expectations, which was to be expected: the game's release was sandwiched between two industry FPS heavy-hitters, Call of Duty: infinite Warfare and Battlefield 1. It's being mentioned that EA's choice to launch Titanfall 2 between those two big releases might have been a way for the publisher to soften and prime Respawn Entertainment's position so as to facilitate an eventual acquisition. Respawn will receive bonuses tied to Metacritic scores for both its upcoming Star Wars game and the as-of-yet-unannounced (but known to be in development) Titanfall 3. Given EA's decision to move all studios under its helm towards developing under the Frostbite engine, it's likely future Respawn Entertainment projects will also make use of the engine.

Sources: Respawn, via Kotaku
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19 Comments on EA Acquires Titanfall, Titanfall 2 Developer Respawn Entertainment for $455M

#3
jmcslob
Eh... I don't care for respawn... So good for EA...
The jackass's that started respawn both made CoD a great game then not only ruined it but every other good multiplayer game so I hope it gets the Bioware treatment and the guys that started it move on to other fields.
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#4
RejZoR
EA is like a pimp. Using whores to do work for them and when they don't bring enough income over time, they strangle them and throw them into the dumpster.
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#5
Ahhzz
Raevenlord said:
combine forces with a global git like EA
ftfy

Raevenlord said:
we share their values and vision for the future of being a developer-focused company that puts the players first
:roll::roll::roll::banghead::kookoo::slap:
Raevenlord said:
has been receiving continued free support by way of patches and additional multiplayer content by the developers
yeah, that'll keep going....:nutkick:

Raevenlord said:
It's being mentioned that EA's choice to launch Titanfall 2 between those two big releases might have been a way for the publisher to soften and prime Respawn Entertainment's position so as to facilitate an eventual acquisition
Duh :shadedshu:
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#6
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
R. I. P Respawn Entertainment
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#7
natr0n
A sad day in gaming history.

They know better... "leadership at EA"
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#8
raptori
They will not Respawn again .
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#9
Easo
I have a bad feeling about this.

raptori said:
They will not Respawn again .
This pun :D
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#11
nickbaldwin86
Well I am sad because I really don't enjoy any EA game. TF amazing! and TF2 is the only game that I make time to play
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#12
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
Bad news for Respawn. Titanfall 2 turned out to be one of the better games of the year, and one of the best in EA library. It really was an under the radar underrated game.

It's too bad EA will likely abolish Respawn within 2 years and Titanfall 3 will be but a shadow of what it could have been.
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#13
Apocalypsee
rtwjunkie said:
Bad news for Respawn. Titanfall 2 turned out to be one of the better games of the year, and one of the best in EA library. It really was an under the radar underrated game.

It's too bad EA will likely abolish Respawn within 2 years and Titanfall 3 will be but a shadow of what it could have been.
I rate Titanfall 2 singleplayer higher than CoD WW2 and Wolfenstein 2, as both are underwhelming to put it mildly. But since EA acquire them, then what you say is basically the fate of the game and the series
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#14
Durvelle27
My take is EA doesn’t want any competition that can affect their first party games/sales

So buy them up and sinkem
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#15
TheGuruStud
nickbaldwin86 said:
Well I am sad because I really don't enjoy any EA game. TF amazing! and TF2 is the only game that I make time to play
Team Fortress already owns those acronyms. I was confused for a second haha.

Durvelle27 said:
My take is EA doesn’t want any competition that can affect their first party games/sales

So buy them up and sinkem
Even if it isn't their motive, they're so woefully incompetent and greedy that the outcome is still predetermined. What a giant sack of shit like Ubisoft.
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#16
kn00tcn
jmcslob said:
Eh... I don't care for respawn... So good for EA...
The jackass's that started respawn both made CoD a great game then not only ruined it but every other good multiplayer game so I hope it gets the Bioware treatment and the guys that started it move on to other fields.
a little explanation needed, cod4 & 6 are some of the best games ever made

nobody ruined OTHER games except OTHER developers & greed
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#17
lexluthermiester
RejZoR said:
EA is like a pimp. Using whores to do work for them and when they don't bring enough income over time, they strangle them and throw them into the dumpster.
What's really sad is that you are not wrong. This really sums it up. Oh well. Instead of being a dev that makes games for EA to publish, now it'll be just another EA in-house job that lasts for 9 to 12 months and goes to crap. And EA can't figure out why all of the really great people keep jumping ship..
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#18
TheMailMan78
Big Member
rtwjunkie said:
Bad news for Respawn. Titanfall 2 turned out to be one of the better games of the year, and one of the best in EA library. It really was an under the radar underrated game.

It's too bad EA will likely abolish Respawn within 2 years and Titanfall 3 will be but a shadow of what it could have been.
Lootboxfall 3
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#19
MasterACC
R. I. P Respawn Entertainment & Titanfall series.
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