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11 November 2017, 12:58 | Bernard Bryant
This deal will apparently cost EA up to $315 million in cash and stock, plus a possible bonus of $140 million. "Our long-time partnership is grounded in a shared desire to push the boundaries and deliver extraordinary and innovative new experiences for players around the world".
"EA will provide us with more resources, access to new technologies, and expertise in areas that Respawn values for future growth". Electronic Arts has exclusive license to publish games that involves the Star Wars universe, which only means the acquisition ensures that Respawn's work on an upcoming Star Wars game will continue its natural course. Respawn, the studio formed by ex-Call of Duty veterans were behind last year's excellent Titanfall 2. Respawn Entertainment created Titanfall 2 and the original Titanfall;Respawn Entertainment worked with EA to make these games. Respawn Entertainment, meanwhile, were kind of sitting ducks, as had they been acquired by Nexon the viability of any content that could have been gone towards an EA-published Star Wars game could have been compromised. EA acquiring the studio could well propel Titanfall to new heights, though many fear that it could also see the game become a vehicle for loot boxes, microtransactions and other such divisive EA strategies.
Respawn Entertainment Chief Executive Officer Vince Zampella also commented, mentioning that the studio is retaining its culture and creative freedom.
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EA purchases Titanfall developer, Respawn. Ahem, this acquisition news comes shortly after word that EA is closing Visceral Games. Its sequel was released previous year on the PS4 as well and added a solo campaign, but the game was a bit overshadowed by the release of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Battlefield 1 (also published by EA) in the same timeframe. EA apparently had 30 days to match Nexon's offer, which they ultimately chose to do. HE says EA supports Respawn and doesn't change their way of making games.
Respawn will join EA's Worldwide Studios organisation, which includes Criterion Games, Ghost Games, Motive, and Bioware.
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