The breakout success of Apex Legends certainly pleasantly surprised developer Respawn Entertainment. Its popularity, going from one million players in the first eight hours to eventually 50 million in its first month, has stabilized in a healthy way over time. To ensure that fans’ expectations are met as the company continues supporting the game, Respawn is opening up a new Vancouver studio just for Apex Legends.
More hands on deck
It will be a second location for Respawn, with the first being in California. The new studio will be led by the head of operations, Henry Lee, and team director Steven Ferreira. Alongside Apex Legends‘ game director Chad Grenier and Respawn COO Dusty Welch, the group spoke to GameIndustry.biz regarding the new studio.
“When you look at Vancouver, it’s one of our [EA’s] biggest studio locations,” Lee shared. “And Vancouver is full of talented people in the games industry, so there was a natural fit with Steven coming on board with his core team and really establishing that foundation. Now we’re just adding the missing pieces to it.”
As a matter of fact, the existence of the EA Vancouver campus sped things along. Respawn Vancouver was already in place as the team hired internally for about eight months. Now, Respawn Entertainment will be looking externally as well, targeting an eventual goal of around 80 employees.
“You invest in the people you’re working with,” Grenier added. “And building a team in Vancouver is only going to help us bring more to the game.”
The opening of a new studio in Vancouver coincides with the studio celebrating its 10th anniversary. With the team hoping to continue the success of the battle royale for another decade, fans have much to celebrate as well. That is, if you are not a Titanfall fan. The studio has confirmed that a new game is not in development just yet.