Publisher EA has bought Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment. Prior to this, the LA-based studio had been independent.
Sources close to the acquisition shared documents with Kotaku, which revealed that EA paid over $400 million USD. According to other documentation from the same source, EA also fought off bids from Korean company Nexon, who are currently publishing the Titanfall mobile game.
EA had 30 days to match Nexon’s offer, which they did.
Some other interesting details surfaced from the documents. Respawn will receive bonuses tied to Metacritic scores, for both its upcoming Star Wars game, and the unannounced Titanfall 3.
This news comes just weeks after EA shuttered Visceral Games.
Respawn Entertainment was formed in 2010 by ex-Call of Duty designers Jason Ward and Vince Zampella. Titanfall released in 2014 for Xbox One and PC. It’s sequel – Titanfall 2 – released in 2016 across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.