Respawn Entertainment has been through quite a change over the last four years, especially after Titanfall 2 didn’t sell as well as EA expected. Since then, Respawn has made a comeback with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and the battle royale, Apex Legends.
With all the growth they’ve experienced in 2019, Respawn is now looking to open a second studio in Vancouver. This studio is will be focusing entirely on Apex Legends. Some key Respawn staff conducted interviews with GamesIndustry.biz, giving details about the decision to open another studio.
Chad Grenier, Apex game director and Henry Lee both gave reasons for the decision to expand within the interview. Lee states that moving a new studio to Vancouver would put them in closer proximity to the EA Vancouver center, which would help to leverage resources more efficiently. Grenier added that the new location will help to grow Apex Legends into a larger franchise like FIFA 20 and Call of Duty.
The Vancouver studio has been working since 2019, the staff are all currently working remotely due to the pandemic. It seems the announcement is more figurative than concrete — at least for now. Although the new studio isn’t fully functioning yet, it should help alleviate some strain for the California studio and minimize crunch.