Though West eventually left the studio, Zampella has remained a lead figure for the Titanfall games, which have been published by EA. EA acquiring the studio could well propel Titanfall to new heights, though many fear that it could also see the game become a vehicle for loot boxes, microtransactions and other such divisive EA strategies. Respawn are best known for their work on Titanfall 1 and 2. If the studio meets future targets set by EA, they can also earn themselves up to $140 million in addition to the above, although some of these targets will last until the end of 2022. The company said it has agreed to pay $151 million in cash for Respawn, along with $164 million in equity awards that will vest over a four-year period.
EA CEO Andrew Wilson said that the Titanfall franchise embodies the publisher's goal of delivering "extraordinary and innovative new experiences", and that "with the Respawn team joining EA, we have exciting plans to accomplish even more incredible things in the future". "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". "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". A full statement from Respawn head honcho Vince Zampella can be read here. It seems that Respawn Entertainment is already working on a brand new Titanfall game. Titanfall 2 was tremendously received past year despite poor sales which are widely pinned on the timing of the launch.
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For fans, my message is we are still Respawn and we are going to make things better. "This is a great next step for Respawn, EA, and our players". No layoffs or major organizational changes are planned at Respawn as part of the acquisition.
Are you guys excited to see another Titanfall game?