Respawn Shows Commitment to Apex Legends with Latest Studio Addition
Respawn’s commitment to Apex Legends remains steadfast with the recent announcement of a new studio opening in Madison, Wisconsin. The studio will initially focus on Apex Legends, working directly with the previously established studios in Los Angeles and Vancouver. Ryan Burnett, former director of engine production at Epic Games, has been hired as the studio director for the Wisconsin branch.
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Latest Season and Future Plans
Apex’s latest season, Reverly, introduced several new concepts, including a reworked class system, the Mixtape playlist that brought back popular LTMs, and the first Heirloom update and recolour. The season has been the most popular in all of Apex’s lifespan, with a duration of three months, ending on May 9.
Evan Nikolich, senior design director at Respawn, tweeted the news of the new studio’s opening in Madison, Wisconsin, confirming the company’s resilience and commitment to Apex Legends. With the success of the latest season and the continued support of Respawn, Apex Legends looks set to remain a major player in the battle royale genre for years to come.
Expanding the Development Team
The opening of the new studio comes as Apex Legends continues to grow in popularity, with the highest player numbers of all time following the release of season 16 in February. Respawn Entertainment’s first new studio in four years aims to continue this trend.
Notwithstanding the recent closure of Apex Legends Mobile and the firing of over 100 QA testers by parent firm Electronic Arts, Respawn’s decision to open a new studio is a blatant demonstration of their dedication to the game’s long-term success.
Respawn’s senior vice president of operations, Daniel Suarez, emphasised the company’s commitment to the Apex franchise, stating that they are eager to see Apex become a franchise that lasts for at least ten, fifteen, or more years.
In recent seasons and patches, Respawn has made numerous quality-of-life improvements to Apex Legends, including updates to the firing range, and an increase in security and response time following recent hacks and exploits. These updates have helped maintain the game’s popularity and retain its loyal player base.
The recent announcement of a new studio in Madison, Wisconsin, by Respawn Entertainment is a clear indication of the company’s commitment to the success and longevity of Apex Legends. The establishment of a new studio and the hiring of Ryan Burnett as the studio director for the Wisconsin branch reinforces Respawn’s dedication to the game’s development and maintenance. With the continued success of Apex Legends, the recent quality-of-life improvements, and the popularity of the latest season, Reverly, the game looks set to remain significant in the battle royale genre.