Electronic Arts, or EA, has purchased Titanfall developers Respawn Entertainment for $315 million, with a potential bonus of $140 million.
EA have said in a press release that the deal is worth a total of $455 million, which includes equity, bonuses, and cash.
“We’ve seen firsthand the world-class caliber of Respawn as a development studio with incredible vision, deep talent and an inspiring creative mindset,” said Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts. “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. 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.”
Respawn will also receive bonuses related to Metacritic scores for its upcoming games, Titanfall 3 and an untitled Star Wars game.
Respawn Entertainment was founded in 2010 by Infinity Ward founders Jason West and Vince Zampella, and has since released Titanfall and Titanfall 2, both to critical acclaim.
“We started Respawn with the goal to create a studio with some of the best talent in the industry, and to be a top developer of innovative games,” said Vince Zampella, CEO of Respawn Entertainment. “We felt that now was the time to join an industry leader that brings the resources and support we need for long term success, while still keeping our culture and creative freedom. EA has been a great partner over the years with Titanfall and Titanfall 2, and we’re excited to combine our strengths. This is a great next step for Respawn, EA, and our players.”
Vince Zampella has also posted ‘A Letter From Vince‘ regarding this news, where he states that ‘I will still be running things at Respawn and will also be a part of the studio leadership team at EA. There will be no layoffs or major organization changes within Respawn. All games currently in development are continuing as planned.’