All totaled, the EA deal, which involves cash, options, and performance-based incentives, is valued at $455 million.
"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".
Do you think Respawn and their image of the franchise will change much, now that they're in the EA family?
Respawn and EA have had a close relationship for years now, and EA isn't shy about opening up its wallet to acquire new studios when it smells success. 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. EA shut the studio down last month, burying it in a growing graveyard of gaming studios that include Bullfrog Productions, Westwood Studios, Origin Systems, BlackBox Games, DreamWorks Interactive, Maxis Software, and many mothers over the past three decades.More news: Dauphin Junior High School holds Veterans' Day program
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Respawn was created with help from EA when the developer's founders Vince Zampella and Jason West were fired from Activision. Respawn will retain the same creative free we've always had.
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. News of the Respawn Star Wars video game comes on the heels of a recent announcement by EA that it had canceled an in-development high-profile game from its Visceral studios.
The fact that EA acquired Respawn isn't concerning in and of itself; what is concerning is the timing of the acquisition. Despite EA's shaky track record when it comes to buying and maintaining game studios, Respawn is excited about what the future holds. Zampella also lauded EA for letting Respawn do its thing without interference, and allowing the studio to grow its own culture.