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EA buys Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment

By Shawn Knight ยท 19 replies
Nov 9, 2017
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  1. Electronic Arts on Thursday announced that it has reached an agreement to purchase Titanfall maker Respawn Entertainment.

    The game maker will join EA’s Worldwide Studios organization, a global collective of studios that develop games for all major platforms.

    EA will pay $151 million in cash for Respawn in addition to up to $164 million in long-term equity in the form of restricted stock units to employees. Said stock units will vest over four years, we’re told.

    Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts, said they’ve seen firsthand the world-class caliber of Respawn as a development studio with incredible vision, deep talent and an inspiring creative mindset. The two firms’ longtime partnership, he added, is grounded in a shared desire to push the boundaries and deliver extraordinary and innovative new experiences for players around the world.

    Together, Wilson adds, they’ve brought this to life in the Titanfall franchise and now with the Respawn team joining EA, they have exciting plans to accomplish even more amazing things in the future.

    Respawn currently has several games in development including a new entry in the Titanfall franchise, a new game set in the Star Wars universe and an unnamed virtual reality experience.

    The Star Wars game was announced in mid-May 2016 with EA listed as the publisher (in fact, Respawn has worked exclusively with EA since its inception). Stig Asmussen, best known for his work on the God of War series, is serving as the game’s director. We’re looking at a third-person action / adventure title that could be pretty far away from launch (Respawn was still hiring for the project as of June).

    Not much is known about the upcoming Titanfall game and VR experience.

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  2. Reehahs

    Reehahs TS Guru Posts: 692   +426

    Well, it was nice knowing Respawn Entertainment.
    killmess, Agnomen, H3llion and 12 others like this.
  3. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,152   +675

    Dang, maybe we'll get another good game or 2 from them, but I don't expect much from them now...
  4. texasrattler

    texasrattler TS Evangelist Posts: 428   +149

    They weren't doing much to begin with. Also they have been working with EA from the beginning. This shouldn't be new to anyone or shocking. RE and EA are long partners and EA has worked with some of the RE guys when they were with Activision. This all actually makes sense and will likely be a very good partnership.
  5. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,255   +772

    Theinsanegamer and Burty117 like this.
  6. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 2,983   +2,164

    You must be new around here. You haven't seen EA's boneyard out back, have ya?
  7. ETF Soldier

    ETF Soldier TS Evangelist Posts: 465   +138

    I hope they don't go the way of Bullfrog, the most hard hitting of EA's 'aquisitions', taking the beloved and cult-classic Dungeon Keeper series away from the fans.
    I immensely enjoyed the campaign for Titanfall 2 and I would enjoy the multiplayer too if I cared much for multiplayer (Battlefield 1 and Chivalry have me hooked still).
  8. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,578   +1,035

    killmess and hahahanoobs like this.
  9. McMurdeR

    McMurdeR TS Booster Posts: 106   +80

    Boo. Would have been better if respawn remained independent, I think that's partly how Titanfall 2 escaped monetisation.
    MonkeyBoyX8000 likes this.
  10. ypsylon

    ypsylon TS Booster Posts: 130   +29

    Another company bites the dust.

    I don't get it (well outside the money factor) why they (game studio x y or z) would want to be bought by sharks like EA or UBI$cam? They destroyed hundreds of companies and still independent studious are stupid enough to sell themselves even if they know very well that in 6-12 months they will be goners?
    Reehahs likes this.
  11. Alex Voinica

    Alex Voinica TS Booster Posts: 87   +74

    Just came back from the future, in 2019 Respawn Entertainment has been shut down by EA due to their latest game released - online multiplayer shooter filled with microtransactions failed to deliver in sales.
    killmess, Reehahs, Puiu and 2 others like this.
  12. Mighty Duck

    Mighty Duck TS Addict Posts: 125   +58

    Wait, I have some questions. Is DC still making movies? Is id Software working in a new Doom, Quake or Commander Keen? Was Nier: Automata finally patched by Platinum?
    Alex Voinica likes this.
  13. Yagamizero

    Yagamizero TS Rookie

    Maybe they Respawn.
    Reehahs and senketsu like this.
  14. texasrattler

    texasrattler TS Evangelist Posts: 428   +149

    If you ever paid attention you knew this was coming a long long time ago when the 2 heads of IW left and created RE. They were in bed with EA for a long time. Something Activision never really liked. This was something that was always going to happen.

    As for EA ruining anything, hell there the reason Titanfall has popularity. They have been by RE's side since RE was birthed.

    EA may not be a fav for some but they certainly wont be hurting RE, well lets face it, RE hasn't done anything anyways. Likel;y never were or would have if they were by themselves and they knew it.
  15. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 2,983   +2,164

    EA was their publisher, that's it. They were no more by their side than UPS was Amazon. A pure business relationship until something better comes along.

    I hate to point this out but EA is known to hurt studios not help. EA just got a bunch of negative press after they closed visceral and it was revealed that they forced Micro-Transactions into dead space 3. On top of that, EA forced them into making battlefield hardline, something according to Visceral staff, no one had their heart in. This is just an example of one studio EA has killed, I could go on.

    Here is a list of some of the studios EA has killed off


    That's doesn't include their recently closed studio nor does it include Bioware, which is technically still open but lost all of the original talent.

    EA currently has a MANDATE for all new games to have either multi-player, microtransactions, or both.

    "As for EA ruining anything, hell there the reason Titanfall has popularity."

    Um no, they get paid to advertise the game, as does every publisher in the industry. They do not get to take credit for the hard work of the devs. Titanfall did well because it is a genuinely good game and if a bad game would have been published it would still be a bad game regardless of what EA does.

    The way I see it you are either

    1) Ignorant of the scores of game franshises EA has screwed over the years, please do your research

    2) Willfully ignorant and I daresay an EA fanboy. I honestly don't think these can exists buy hey people bought pet rocks.

    3) a troll

    At this point in time there is nothing you could say to me that would convince me to change my mind on EA. They have screwed over a good chunk of my favorite oldtime games including dungeon keeper, command and conquer, and the chances of every getting another Jedi Knight academy (at least one that's good).
    Reehahs likes this.
  16. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,578   +1,035

    I've actually witnessed someone defending EA games.
    Evernessince likes this.
  17. antiproduct

    antiproduct TS Booster Posts: 73   +45

    Next game: Titanfail
  18. texasrattler

    texasrattler TS Evangelist Posts: 428   +149

    I'm not trying to convince you of anything. I don't care if you like EA or their games. Only one of us is the ignorant one, it isn't me.

    Just because you believe what a devs says don't make it any more official than what a pub says. They both lie about several things, including saying that this wasn't the way the game was suppose to be. We've heard that before between a pub and dev, CoD anyone.
    So a pub made them make a game, oh know. Activision has been doing that since, forever. Hardline, was not a bad game either. Those that claim it was, never played or simply didn't like it. Was actually fun. Wasn't great or anything spectacular but overall not bad.
    Hard work of devs, now that's funny. Especially since those same devs took forever to make fixes when some of these fixes have been seen in some of their previous games. CoD is a prime example of how do you have the same issues each year and a different dev and cant fix the issues? Or why do you even have the same issues to begin with? The real answers is they don't test for **** and they don't really care.
  19. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 2,983   +2,164

    LOL, so your excuse is either "but every publisher forces their game studios to make games!" or "EA is always right despite the numerous studios complaining!". Well first, let's see a link to another publisher forcing a studio to make a game. Second, even if other publishers were to do it doesn't suddenly make EA less shitty. A **** move is still a **** move.
  20. Alex Voinica

    Alex Voinica TS Booster Posts: 87   +74

    DC is still making movies - you might be expecting this after first reactions on Justice League.
    I had a discussion with Id Software regarding Doom's future - it will look good.
    Nier is not patched - focus on next installment.
    Btw - Apple will finally deliver fast charging adapters in the box - joke. They will still not.
    Mighty Duck and Evernessince like this.

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