This sounds like a good move for both companies, as EA gets another studio under their belt and Respawn Entertainment gets more funding and assets for future projects.
"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", he added. It's a move Zampella is excited about.
Respawn Entertainment was formed in 2010 by two of the creators of Call Of Duty, who left Activision under acrimonious circumstances and created the Titanfall series as a direct competitor to Call Of Duty.
"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".
Three years ago, EA published Respawn's first title, then doing the same for the second installment late last year. 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 wonderful things in the future.
Granted, EA doesn't necessarily have a solid track record with taking on independent studios - see Westwood, Maxis, just recently Visceral Games - but let's hope that Respawn has enough cache to break the cycle. There's also $164 million in long-term equity up for grabs. Respawn will also be able to explore new IPs unhindered, though Zambella will join the studio leadership team over at EA. There is now no word on when this new entry into the Titanfall franchise is set to release but it is good to know that this acquisition by EA has not now affected development of the new game.
The deal will close before the end of the 2017 calendar year and isn't expected to hinder EA's fiscal outcome in 2018 or 2019. What are your thoughts on the EA acquisition of Repawn Entertainment?