Weeks after EA Games made a decision to shut down Visceral Games, the mega video game company chose to acquire Respawn Entertainment, after outbidding South Korean game publisher Nexon. One things many can be sure of, EA isn't slowing down anytime soon - especially not with the highly anticipated release of Star Wars Battlefront 2 on the horizon. There's no word yet on what exactly the game will look like or when it's due, but the prospect of one of the most exciting game studios working with Star Wars is enough to get us giddy. Whether the game ends up being Titanfall 3 or some sort of spin-off, this is absolutely fantastic news for Titanfall fans who were anxious about the series' future following the lukewarm sales of the second game. EA paid the studio $151 million up front with the rest of the agreement being that another $164 million would be paid out over a span of four years in "long term equity" and a long term consideration sum of $140 million paid out. EA has been a great partner over the years with Titanfalland Titanfall 2, and we're excited to combine our strengths. 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. In addition, EA may be required to pay additional variable cash consideration that is contingent upon achievement of certain performance milestones, relating to the development of future titles, through the end of calendar 2022. The deal is expected to close by the end of the calendar year.
What's probably most disheartening about the news is that Respawn didn't just have EA to choose from according to the Kotaku report; there was another offer from Nexon, the South Korean publisher known for producing free-to-play games and the publisher of the Titanfall mobile title. Both games were well-received, though the second game was notable for incorporating a single player campaign along with the first game's popular multiplayer mode.