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Respawn CEO talks EA acquisition: “I’m not worried.”

After EA’s recent acquisition of Respawn Entertainment, many were understandably anxious about the future of the studio.




After EA’s recent acquisition of Respawn Entertainment, many were understandably anxious about the future of the studio.

Talking to VentureBeat, Respawn’s CEO Vince Zampella assuaged fears over the future of Respawn, and in particular of the Titanfall franchise:

“It’s always a balance. You have to worry about security and foundation of the company. How do you get to new games while still maintaining old games. I am not worried. I think the creative freedom is still here. So we get the best of both worlds. Ultimately, it is a contract with EA. We have to collaborate well together and that doesn’t change.

Ultimately, my message is we are still Respawn and we are going to make the same games we did before, and hopefully better. Anyone who is a fan of Respawn should trust us that what we are doing what we think is best for the future of Respawn and our games. We intend to deliver to our fans everything and more than we did in the past.”

EA’s executive VP Patrick Soderlund was also keen to emphasise the creative freedom that remains at Respawn’s disposal:


“When you worked inside EA at DICE, or BioWare or Vancouver, they all have creative freedom and creative integrity. There are different cultures in different locations. That’s what gets those studios to make great games. We are not interested in changing any of that. We want to keep what is great here. One of the reasons we are going into this acquisition is because of what Respawn is. It would be very unwise of us to change any of that.”


For the full interview, click here.

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