Respawn Entertainment has revealed a brand-new studio based out of Vancouver. What’s in store? Well, it seems to mostly be Apex Legends.
Respawn Entertainment is marking its 10-year anniversary with revealing its brand-new Vancouver studio, according to a Games Industry report. The branch will exist on the soil of EA Vancouver’s already established Canadian campus. Respawn Vancouver is being done to help in the production and roadmap of its widely-popular Apex Legends. It also isn’t the first separate branch of the developer, but it is the first outside of its home base in California.
This brand-new studio is led by some of the leaders of the Respawn including the likes of Henry Lee, Steven Ferreira, and Chad Grenier. The studio, which was initially poaching its staff from the Cali-based studio internally, is now seeking to bring on more people to the tune of around 80 staffers in total.
“This is a great opportunity, not just for the Vancouver studio to bring some new creative challenges to people already there, but also to the local industry in terms of being part of the Apex Legends roadmap. So we’re very excited about bringing this to Vancouver and hopefully greater Canada as well, because we can tap into much more of a talent base broadly.”
The end-goal for the branch appears to be mostly to continue support Apex Legends. Launched in early 2019, this free-to-play battle royale captured the hearts of a million users in its first eight hours. While the game acts shaky from time-to-time, it was a very welcome change from its leading competitor, Fortnite. The success of the battle royale took Respawn by surprise, though.
Battle royales were popular at the time of launch and continue to thrive thanks to Epic Games’ dedication to the genre, but it wasn’t like Respawn had much experience until then. Most notably, they created the Titanfall franchise, which shares the universe with Apex, and most recently, they helmed Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
The future of their free-to-play Fortnite competitor is certainly looking up.
What do you think? Are you excited to see what they come up with? What do you want to see come to Apex?