Respawn Entertainment CEO Vince Zampella said that he's not worried about the studio's creative freedom after being acquired by Electronic Arts.
Pure mouthpiece talk. He doesn't want to piss off the new paymasters, which I can't blame him for. He's not exactly going to say "I look forward to a few years of productive work, then a few more of menial crap before Electronic Arts absorbs the husk that once was Respawn Entertainment"
yup! shame really, god damn publishers
Vince is not the type of person to hold his tongue. I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. Not going to jump on the mob mentality on this one.
EA, Microsoft are same story... they are talent killers,
@Septic There is no "mob mentality". No gamers actually wanted this to happen. However we aren't going to close our eyes and put our fingers in our ears. EA WILL eventually destroy this company barring a miracle.
Septic, name one developer EA hasn't cannibalised? Good luck.
Name on major studio that once acquired by EA retained creative freedom and the high level of capability they had when they first appeared. Name one studio that EA founded that did something good and then got better. They just shuttered Visceral. Who is next? Look at Bioware. How good have they become since EA purchased them?
Whenever someone uses the words "I think" is just immeadiately, to me, someone who obviously is questioning it themselves hoping its true
I got a free car for you just follow me into this dark alley, "trust me".
Or he is aware of the fact that he can't speak with absolute certainty as he has only just made the deal and time will tell how things actually work?
I agree with Septic. It is simply a figure of speech and the a logical alternative to "I know" where a person is not wholly positive but are making a logical deduction. One could employ "I surmise", or "I hypothesize" but in the end those simply mean "I think."
It's not like Respawn were making games that EA wouldn't want to make. They're making popular shooters, stacked with action sequences, big guns and robots. As far as creative freedom goes, their games were never all that creative to begin with - I'm sure EA will allow them to retain a level of creative freedom that their games have expressed thus far. Sure, they've probably lost the freedom to stop making these types of games and start making Walking Simulators, but steep changes in development aside, I can't imagine it will make that much difference. EA was already the publisher of their new series from the get go, so they would have already had a lot of sway in its development and marketing anyway.
Don't bite the hand that feeds....
My real issue with this is that Zampella and West originally worked at 2015 Games and made Medal of Honor Allied Assault for the PC, a contract job for EA. A phenomenal game with some of the best mods ever - Q3 Engine. They left and took most of the people with them. All 22 original members of Infinity Ward came from 2015. They wanted freedom to do what they wanted. Activision helped fund their new studio called Infinity Ward. 2015 sued Infinity Ward because they basically acted like corporate raiders. So they sell their souls to Activision. Nothing wrong with that actually. It's called business. But then they start screaming Activision is controlling them and basically treating the studio like property. Well you were. Then the entire issue of money came up and what Activision did there and that wasn't right but the money issue was more of a legal excuse to leave than it was the original problem. They leave and form Respawn. And again they put themselves in the same situation. At some point fools are responsible for their actions. Of course West is long gone having left and never actually worked on the first Titanfall. The point is that it is quite easy yo hate companies like EA and Activision. And they often deserve that hate. But sometimes its like a traffic accident. Ask any knowledgeable police officer. Most times everyone is to blame to some degree. The occasions where someone is wholly innocent are quite rare and this isn't one of those instances. Zampella and the other top employees have a history of actions that make them somewhat culpable as well so I am not ready to give them their halo and angel wings just yet. One has to wonder if this move was in part motivated by EA having marginalized what may have been the best game they publishede last year - Titanfall 2 - and the fact it would have been treated better as a wholly owned IP.
Awwww that's f****** adorable...he thinks he still has control You are now doing Star Wars which I doubt you guys asked for even though "Holy Shit...it's Star Wars" and I bet if you wanted to make the game a pure single player adventure like what Visceral was doing you wouldn't be allowed. So no the creative freedom isn't there anymore...you guys will do exactly what EA want. Shallow, generic, online focused shooters full of MTs and lootboxes while having a massive Season Pass plan.
If EA had to dismantle a whole studio and stop development of a Single Player focused Star Wars game in order to turn it into a MT online cash cow, then anyone at Respawn who still believes they will be allowed to even have the tinniest shrivel of creative freedom is either a fool or he sold his soul to the gaming devil called EA or both. Respawn's fate is sealed.
"Shallow, generic, online focused shooters full of MTs and lootboxes while having a massive Season Pass plan." You think the next Titanfall will be a shallow genetic shooter?
I doubt there will be a next one..,
In their hands...probably Over the top MTs and ridiculous loot boxes...definitely
The other 2 were
Wasn't that, aside from wall running and mechs, what the first game was?
Cute he still thinks he has control. No way boy EA sama about to screw you guys over.
If EA can keep Titanfall 3 (or whatever they decide to do next) a pure $60 experience without paid maps or extraneous bullshit, it could be a good contrast against the $100+ Battlefield titles that force players to purchase the map packs in order to have the full experience.
Yea... like that's going to happen. They closed down Visceral because there game wasn't going to be easy to add MT's to, you think they are going to let Titanfall remain MT free... yea right.
Haha. Are you kidding? Titanfall now has a mobile game as well so that should indicate a direction. There is no way any of that is going to happen. Hell, MT's are already creeping in to Titanfall 2. Have been for a while. I doubt that if we do get a Titanfall 3 it will have free map updates. They'll go the CoD route and charge silly money for a few new maps. EA wants to rape Titanfall, the best IP they have, like a filthy whore until it is all dry and used up.
LoL before the ink was even dry they told you what game you were going to be making and how you should make it. EA literally closed down the studio working on the game they gave to you because they were making the game they wanted and not the game EA wanted. Either Vince is just kissing his bosses asses by saying this or he is literally the most clueless person on the planet.
The truth is right here up above.
Really, Respawn ?
HAH! Poor guy he is delusional, let's hope we dont read "EA closes Respawn" in a couple years
You'd think he'd know better since he came from Activision.
I know, they went to court with Activision then ran right into the arms of EA. I can't imagine how someone who has achieved so much in the industry could be so dumb. Oh well, I predict that EA will have forced him out in a year or two like they do with all high paid founders of the studios they buy. Then after a few years they will steal all the talented staff and close down the studio.
You THINK? ARE YOU SURE ABOUT THAT? I'm telling ya, give it maybe 5-8 years and they will pretty much be making crappy games filled with Micro Transactions with no original team members left. I really do think EA purposely set Titanfall 2 to die so that they can purchase Respawn and their IP Titanfall. It's a bit obvious.
He said with a gun to his head...
Take a screenshot and bookmark.. when their next game comes around and they have loot crates, when they run damage control, you'll be able to shut them down in seconds.
You "think" that, but is it really true??
Yup good luck. You just said it yourself. You think "THINK" You don't believe you have freedom. So Respawn yall can expect that closure within the next 5 years if EA doesn't milk money out of your games.
You're EAs bitch now so you kinda have to say that!
I "think" your next game will be riddled with loot boxes and P2W elements. Respawn sold out to the company spearheading the collapse of the "for the gamer" mentality.
ehh, you just got paid tens of millions, i wouldn't be worried either. LMAO
sure.... good luck with that
Goodbye Titanfall, hello to an endless stream of soulless Star Wars games with EA cracking the whip in the background. I am growing to hate Star Wars from once loving it. I saw oranges the other day with Star Wars branding. If I could I would go back in time and rather than assassinating Hitler, I think I would pop George Lucas.
Awwwwww look at the adorably cute little naive CEO. Can somebody now tell him who EA is please?
It's just not a hard thing to take away. That's why I'm worried.
Whats he going to say? He is their puppet now and gets his paycheck from them so he has to appease them and cater to their needs. Get ready for ONLINE ONLY / LOOT CRATE GALORE....... basically the death of any future TF games or whatever else they try.
Oh hahahahaha, you keep telling yourself that!
Funny seeing as that’s why he left activision in the first place and EA having a history of being 10x worse.
thinking and knowing are two different things bye bye respawn no extra life for you
It's not dude. You work for EA again. I remember the interviews when you broke free and formed your studio. But hey congrats on the payday.
... it´s too late to have a "i think, we did the right thing" - moment. "I THINK" ... /shrug. I´m accepting your bets! Let us all know, when you >believe< they will perish like their "comrades" ... 2025 - August - Day 16
"You think." Enough said.
I think instead of I know?. Not a good sign
Has there been any dev studios that have done better under EA?
As he counts his millions.....it is clear he was incented to no longer care.
As much as Mr. Zampella tries to convince us and himself, he must be aware of the fate of most of EA's other acquisitions to date. He should not forget that it was EA that sprang the Xbox One exclusivity on the first Titanfall which led to the game being kept off the console that had the most sales. The second Titanfall even though available on all major platforms at the time was released by EA amongst the biggest multiplayer releases last year at what was effectively the worst time to release the game. Only the most innocent person on the planet would even suggest that EA did not have a motive in doing this as the act defied any reasonable marketing strategy. I suspect that if there is a third Titanfall, it will return to Xbox One exclusivity as EA will be emboldened prematurely by the relative success of the Xbox One X. The Star Wars game under development at Respawn will probably suffer the same demands on it as did the one that was formerly at Visceral. It is clear from Mr. Zampella's words that Respawn's future was up in the air after the release of the second Titanfall. I fear that being sold to EA is a short-term remedy.
Ahhh....the poor sucker. He must not have noticed or seen the litany of devs cast aside and left broken on the rocky shores outside EA corporate headquarters. It's only a matter of time before the beast feeds again.
This is the problem Vince... "I Think The Creative Freedom Is Still Here".... Why do you only think the creative freedom is still there... This is something you should know...
Apparently they didn't learn their lesson with Activision...
Visceral wasn't likely worried either. Look how that turned out.
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