Apex Legends has found its own niche in the battlegrounds genre. While Warzone continues to struggle, Fortnite stays steady, and Apex Legends has always remained stable. And part of that success is Respawn not pushing the game in a terrible direction. One of the main problems you're seeing with Warzone is the game changing with the newest iteration of Call of Duty. Instead of simply releasing new weapons, lore, and maps, the game actually completely rehauls with a new CoD.
It's a massive risk as you can take things away from players that they love and new systems that they hate. And in a recent interview with the Washington Post, Game Director Steven Ferreira squashed any idea of Apex Legends following in the same footsteps.
When asked about competition that has lost steam or flamed out, Ferreira explained what Respawn does better.
"I don’t know if we intentionally try to do anything differently or better. We just try to remain true to the way we’ve always built games. We don’t have a business plan that says, “These are the business goals that we want to achieve. And this is how we’re going to choose to achieve them and they reach out 10 years” — that is very rigid. You don’t want to be chasing trends, right? We’ve always just focused on what we like. And at the end of the day, as much as we are data driven, it all comes back down to what the team is passionate about."
Then the important question, is Respawn planning on a sequel?
"We don’t think of an endgame. That’s one of the coolest things about working on “Apex” is the fact that it is live service. We don’t see any reason to reboot the franchise or put out a sequel. We want to continue to have “Apex” grow perpetually. We think that there’s a lot of runway in terms of the creative space within the universe that we’ve developed."
"There’s way more still out there that we want to try than we can actually plot out and think of on a calendar. So right now, there’s no plans to sequel it. And there’s no plans to sunset it either. We’ve just got more and more good ideas — hopefully good ideas — that we’re excited to try."