EA purchases Respawn Entertainment, Titanfall 3 confirmed

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EA purchases Titanfall 2 developer, Respawn

If you didn’t know better, you might have assumed that Respawn Entertainment was already under the mega umbrella that is EA and its publishing arm. Titanfall 1 and 2 were both published by EA, with the company also contracting the studio to work on their own Star Wars game last year. But Respawn has always managed to remain independent. At least until yesterday, when EA purchased the studio outright for nearly half a billion dollars.

With the deal ringing in at $455 million, Respawn is the latest acquisition by EA, just weeks after the publisher shut down Visceral Games (ouch). Visceral was working on their own third-person Star Wars adventure, but development troubles in the wake of poor sales of Dead Space 3 eventually led EA to bring the axe. Respawn Entertainment have their own experience with financial issues and EA, with the studio’s critically acclaimed Titanfall 2 from last year failing to meet sales expectations.

It doesn’t help that EA but it smack bang in the middle of two of the biggest releases of the year, but that certainly dented Respawn somewhat for the sale. Chinese publishing arm Nexon (who published Lawbreakers) previously showed interest in purchasing Respawn too. EA, as per their contract with Respawn, had 30 days to respond and better the contract, which they did last week. As per Kotaku’s Jason Schreier, this all took place before Visceral was shut down.

This puts Respawn, a Los Angeles based studio, neatly under the wing of their biggest client, who listed the existing Star Wars game and the as of yet unannounced Titanfall 3 in the contract. Which is great news, considering Titanfall 2 featured one of the best single-player campaigns of the year. One you might have never played. It could, however, mean that next year we’ll be lamenting the closure of Respawn Entertainment if it doesn’t live up to EA’s lofty financial expectations.

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Last Updated: November 10, 2017

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • Hammersteyn

    EA warming up to welcome Respawn…
    https://media.giphy.com/media/12gxeCI1BGKAj6/giphy.gif

  • For the Emperor!

    Titanfall 3: Single Player progression locked behind Micro Transactions, MP progression impossible without Micro Transactions, players not happy and mostly refuse the Micro Transactions, studio closed.

  • RIP. Respawn. I was looking forward to Titanfall but now it won’t come out.

  • Hammersteyn
    • Admiral Chief

      I’ll give you 2.78 bitcoins for 87 MT’s

  • ReverendFunk

    Poor Respawn. Rewarded for making one of the best game of the year by being bought by satan.

    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      This is what happens when you take Flakka.

  • RIP Titanfall

    • Hammersteyn

      Might as well rename the game to Lootfall.

  • Lootboxfall 3: The Lootboxening confirmed.

  • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    Wasn’t Respawn a company formed after leaving Activision? Fucken going around in circles here. Or Loops. Programmers will get it.

  • Peet Luckhoff

    RIP Respawn

  • Martin Human

    Respawn studio shutdown in 3 years confirmed…

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    R.I.P Respawn …

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