Respawn Entertainment has announced that they have opened a new studio to support Apex Legends. This studio will be the third studio to support the hugely popular battle royale and is based in Madison, Wisconsin. The studio will be led by Ryan Burnett, formerly of Epic Games and Raven Software. At the moment, the studio’s core focus is Apex Legends though they may have contributions in future titles.
In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Respawn VP Greg Wilson says, ”Producing content on the scale and pace Apex requires is no easy feat. So we are always working to bring in more talent, more experience, more ideas, more capabilities..”
New Respawn Studio for Apex Legends
Ryan Burnett also has said to GIBiz that Respawn Wisconsin is an expansion of the core Apex dev team and will work hand-in-hand with the Los Angeles and Vancouver branches. Game Director Steven Ferreira also has expressed the importance of the Respawn Wisconsin team to the battle royale’s development. He has said that this new studio will give the team more chances of experimenting and trying things out.
Even though it’s a separate location, it’s an extension of the Apex Legends team. They’re not working on a different version of the game, we’re all working towards the same goals with the same vision.Steven Ferreria, Game Director of Apex Legends to GIBiz
Ferreria also was optimistic about the longevity of the Respawn battle royale saying ”We believe in Apex as a franchise that’s going to be around for 10, 15 years or more and we’re excited to make that happen”.
The latest season of Apex Legends called Revelry was released in February and brought remastered legends classes. While Apex Legends is going strong the same cannot be said for its mobile version as it was shut down on the 1st of May.
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