As part of their 10th anniversary celebrations, Respawn Entertainment revealed that it has a second studio up and running that is focussed solely on Apex Legends.
Respawn’s second studio, based in Vancouver, Canada, within the existing EA Vancouver campus, was set up last year to start taking pressure off the Apex Legends development team. The free to play, squad-based battle royale is doing exceptionally well and, according to game director Chad Grenier, the team needed more people if they were going to keep up with Respawn’s grand plans.
At Respawn we’ve already got a lot of innovations underway… The trouble is we can’t do all the innovations we want — there are just too many. How do you choose which ones to run with, and which ones are best for the game? And building a team in Vancouver is only going to help us bring more to the game.
Apex Legends is also set to be EA’s main shooter for 2021 and has a 10 year development plan ahead of it that’s aiming to build the game to the same level of popularity as the FIFA and Call of Duty franchises.
We have a long-term view for where we’d like to take the franchise, and EA supports that long-term view of building out the franchise. FIFA didn’t grow to be the juggernaut it is today in one night. Call of Duty — something near and dear to many of us on this call back in our Activision days — didn’t grow there in one night. It took time to get there, so we have that realistic long-term view, and I appreciate the support from EA and the lack of pressure.
Apex Legends recently launched Season 5, featuring the new Legend Loba, Kings Canyon map updates, and a limited-time Hunt that has players searching for treasure, battling prowler hordes, and learning all of the lore.
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