Respawn Entertainment has partnered with Electronic Arts ever since the company was founded back in 2010, and was expected to extend this as they're working on a new Star Wars and a VR game (in collaboration with Oculus). Turns out, they haven't just extended it, but taken it to another level.
EA has announced that they've acquired the creators of the Titanfall series. A very interesting move considering that Titanfall 2 sold far less than expected, much due to launching between Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. According to EA the deal is worth $455 million USD.
Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts, seems to think that this wasn't because of a lack of talent at the studio:
"We've seen first-hand the world-class calibre of Respawn as a development studio with incredible vision, deep talent and an inspiring creative mindset, 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. Together, we've brought this to life in the Titanfall franchise, and now with the Respawn team joining EA, we have exciting plans to accomplish even more amazing things in the future."
Meanwhile, Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella has the following to say about their decision:
"While it wasn't necessary, going with EA made a lot of sense. With Titanfall and Star Wars, EA has been a great development partner that supports us and doesn't interfere with our process for making games or studio culture. 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. 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 has also taken this opportunity to announce that the studio is working on a new game in the Titanfall franchise, but our sources tell us that this is still in early production and will be released in 2020 at the earliest. The studio hopes to release both their Star Wars game and VR title before then.
Do you think this deal will work out, or do you fear that Respawn might meet the same faith as many other studios EA has acquired through the years?