Respawn Entertainment struck gold with Apex Legends and is going to keep the ball rolling for quite a while. The company recently opened a new studio in Madison, Wisconsin, with the aim of extending the life of the franchise for another “10 to 15 years,” according to game director Steven Ferreira. In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Ferreira and other executives from Respawn Entertainment mentioned that the Wisconsin studio will be dedicated to developing Apex’s live services, which involves constantly trying out new ideas and experimenting with the game.
Ferreira highlighted that the studio will focus on areas such as Legend classes and other unexplored territories within the game. Although Ferreira is not necessarily suggesting that Apex Legends will be around for another 15 years, he is speaking about Apex as a franchise that is here to stay for a decade or more. Phew!
Respawn Entertainment Says Apex Legends Will Be Around for “15 Years or More”
It is evident that Respawn Entertainment is taking a slow-burn approach to Apex Legends‘ development, aiming to avoid crunch and holding back updates until they are ready. Ferreira emphasized that they are committed to the game and want to avoid burning out and sinking the Apex series before it has had a chance to flourish. But whether this is good for the fanbase or not is still up for debate.
In the immediate future, the focus is on making the game accessible to new players, which Ferreira believes has become increasingly difficult for players trying to join the community. The studio is looking to find new ways for players to play Apex the way they want and offer more options. Ferreira admitted that the studio is looking so far ahead that they cannot share any specific details, but it is clear that they are determined to keep the franchise alive for many years to come.