The terms of the deal will see EA pay $151 million in cash for the studio and up to $164 million in equity over the next four years. The developer has already worked with EA on numerous occasions and, together with the new Titanfall game, is also now working on an unnamed third-person action adventure game set in the Star Wars universe. Respawn immediately began working on the sequel, Titanfall 2, which released in October 2016 on both the Xbox One and PS4, as well as PC, and the game has been considered a vast improvement from the first installment.
EA has a new studio under its umbrella.
"Our longtime partnership is grounded in a shared desire to push the boundaries and deliver extraordinary and innovative new experiences for players around the world".
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In 2010, the president and CEO of Infinity Ward, Jason West and Vince Zampella left the company, which had previously made and started the Call of Duty series, left the company in circumstances that, to this day, are somewhat of a mystery. "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 unbelievable things in the future".
"EA will provide us with more resources, access to new technologies, and expertise in areas that Respawn values for future growth".
It says a lot about where EA are at right now as a publisher and in the eyes of gamers that this news was met with alarm. "This is a great next step for Respawn, EA, and our players", Respawn CEO Vince Zampella said. There will be no layoffs or major organization changes within Respawn. EA recently shuttered Dead Space developer Visceral Games (formerly known as EA Redwood Shores) and is now in the process of reworking the game from being an action-adventure single-player title to something akin to DICE's Battlefront series, with a potential multiplayer component and microtransactions to profit from.