Respawn Entertainment is creating a new studio solely designed to developing Apex Legends.
Since infiltrating the market in swift succession, free-to-play battle royales have dominated the digital landscape and jumped miles above most of their competitors for the title of "top dog" in the gaming spectrum. The likes of Fortnite and PUBG Mobile have attained mountains of success, with Apex Legends not too far behind.
Now, to prove its full commitment to Apex Legends and its substantial fan base, Respawn Entertainment will be opening a studio focused solely on that one initiative. The new studio will reside in Vancouver, Canada, making for the second Respawn Entertainment location.
In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Respawn Head of Operations Henry Lee stated that part of the reason behind the choice of Vancouver was because "it's one of our [EA's] biggest studio locations." Additionally, "Vancouver is full of talented people in the games industry, so there was a natural fit with Steven [Ferreira] (team director) coming on board with his core team and really establishing that foundation."
Moreover, the ideal Vancouver location also works in synonymous tone with Electronic Arts, due to them having a Vancouver studio right next door. This has allowed most of Respawn's team to get situated and comfortable within their new element and allowing them to work on the game they love.
Respawn and EA's commitment to Apex Legends and its longevity is apparent in the establishment of this new studio; and after already confirming more seasons to come, they're definitely in it for the long haul.