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Jason Clement posted a article in Industry NewsIt's official: Respawn Entertainment -- known for the Titanfall series -- has been bought by Electronic Arts for over $400 million. The move was precipitated by an offer that was made by Nexon -- which published a mobile Titanfall game -- to acquire the studio. Apparently, EA had a clause with Respawn where it had first right of refusal, giving them the opportunity to buy Respawn before Nexon did. Also worth noting: EA shut down Visceral Games just a few weeks ago, and while there are reports as to why it happened, this may be another wrinkle to the whole situation. Kotaku's Jason Schreier laid out the timeline of events on Twitter, and it's not hard to conclude that EA being pressed into buying Respawn might have been one of the biggest factors that went into Visceral's closure. So why was it necessary for EA to buy Respawn, aside from the studio being a talented developer? Schreier pointed out that it was likely in large part because Respawn owns the Titanfall IP, which is fairly valuable to EA considering that they published the series' first two entries. In other news, it was also announced that Respawn is now working on a new Titanfall game and a VR title. These are in addition to a Star Wars game that's in development, so the studio has its hands quite full these days. Considering Titanfall 2 came out last year, it's likely we won't see any of these games for another year or two at least. Source: Fortune What are your thoughts on EA buying Respawn Entertainment?
In honor of Titanfall turning one on March 11, Respawn celebrated by making all DLC maps free. This will be a permanent offer and is available on all platforms the game released on. The download is not automatic, you will have to download the content as you would any purchase. Respawn has also added the DLC maps to some of the playlists where it was previously unavailable. Vince Zampella has also confirmed that Respawn already started production on Titanfall 2 and that it will likely release on PS4.
Jason Clement posted a article in MicrosoftThe Xbox 360 version of Titanfall only just released recently and is getting good reviews for being a great port of the Xbox One version, but if you're looking to pick it up for 360, you're going to have to grab it at retail. In a statement made on their site, EA explained exactly why the Xbox 360 version would not be made available for purchase on Xbox Live's Games On Demand service. "After extensive testing, we felt that it simply did not represent the true Titanfall experience and it was decided not to release a Games on Demand version. As we never officially announced that Titanfall would be available via Games on Demand and the option to purchase it that way should have never been offered. We hope players understand this decision was all about quality and making sure you get the best Titanfall experience." However, you can still download the Xbox One and PC versions of the game if that's your preference. Source: EA Are you surprised EA is not making the Xbox 360 version available to download digitally?
Yesterday, Vince Zampella confirmed in a message on Respawn Entertainment's website that fellow studio co-founder and longtime collaborator Jason West had departed from the developer in order to take care of family issues. West's departure was reported to be amicable, and some reports say that he may have left as far back as May of last year. There's no word on whether he'll return to Respawn or the industry in some fashion later on, but Zampella's statement makes it seem as if it's not on the table for the foreseeable future. "We have worked together on some amazing accomplishments over the years, starting with an early Segasoft project that never shipped," Zampella mentioned in his blog post. "It is sad to see things come to an end, but there are times when change is best for growth, both personally and professionally. I wish Jason the best and send my best wishes to his family. Respawn continues to amaze me, the team here is resilient and talented. E3 will be therapeutic for us, as we finally get to start showing our work again. I know the team was excited about the response we got from just admitting we were going to attend." In the meantime, Respawn and EA are expected to announce their current project in development at E3 in June. Game Podunk wishes the best to Jason West in his future endeavors. Source: Respawn Entertainment