Apex Legends has been a massive hit in the industry and developers Respawn Entertainment themselves have been a very successful studio since first releasing Titanfall. But it seems as though a few senior team members want to go in a new direction.
Apex Legends’ Executive Producer Drew McCoy along with Lead Programmer Jon Shiring have parted ways with Respawn to form a new studio. Titled Gravity Well, the studio will focus on AAA game development for next-generation consoles and PC.
Gravity Well will be formed in Los Angeles but will focus on a team of less than 100 employees mostly working remotely. McCoy issued the following statement:
“We are starting a studio because of how we want to make games,” writes McCoy. “We want time to iterate on everything and get ideas and feedback from the whole team. We’re building this studio to last for decades, and that doesn’t happen without putting the team first.”
Shiring then followed with a statement relating to team size:
“Once your team size crosses 100 people, everything changes,” writes Shiring. “You need meetings just to make decisions. Choices get siloed and brilliant creatives become less creative.”
New studios, filled with talented individuals, leading to new experiences and continued growth for the industry? What’s not to love. We’re certainly anxious to see what this team can produce and will be paying close attention to them in the coming months/years.