On November 9, Electronic Arts announced that it had reached an agreement with Respawn Entertainment to acquire the company. Now, the distributor reported that they have finalized this purchase process, so they already now own the studio of Titanfall.
Electronic Arts confirmed the above through a statement on its website: “On November 9, 2017, we announced an agreement to acquire Respawn Entertainment, LLC, one of the leading independent game development studio and creators of AAA shooter and action games including the critically-acclaimed Titanfall franchise. Today, December 1, 2017, we have completed the acquisition of Respawn on the terms previously disclosed.”
So, from this week Respawn Entertainment works as part of EA Worldwide Studios, a seal that also includes studios such as DICE, Ghost Games, Bioware, Criterion, and Motive. This means that the following titles that it produces will be distributed by Electronic Arts.
It is important to note that Vince Zampella, co-founder and president of Respawn, explained that the main reason why they accepted this deal was that EA will allow them to preserve their creative freedom. Thus, fans can expect the studio to continue producing the same type of games to which they are accustomed to.
For his part, Patrick Söderlund, executive vice president of Electronic Arts, said they want their studios to feel good and without any creative limitations.
The above is like that and he thinks it would be unwise to make them change something in their work style. Of course, the distributor will offer the possibility to work with tools such as the Frostbite Engine.