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Respawn vets launch new studio Gravity Well

Respawn vets launch new studio Gravity Well

Veterans of Titanfall and Jedi: Fallen Order studio Respawn have set up a new venture called gravity well.

Drew McCoy and Jon Shiring are at the helm of this new developer, telling GamesIndustry.biz that this was a "remote-native" studio. Both McCoy and Shiring joined Respawn at its inception when the studio was under the threat of a lawsuit from Activision Blizzard. That was due to the developer's founders Vince Zampella and Jason West taking Infinity Ward staff with them when they were unceremoniously forced out of the studio.

Gravity Well is set to grow to around 80 members of staff from the current two-person headcount.

"We shipped Titanfall with about 70 developers, Titanfall 2 with about 85, and Apex was a little over 100," McCoy said.

"That is the team size we are really comfortable with. That's the size where decision making can be spread out and it doesn't need to come from someone at the top of a pyramid. You get tonnes of speed benefits because the team is smaller, they understand the game better, and they can make decisions on an hourly basis without having to interact with a bunch of other people. So keeping a team smaller, while still trying to hit all the hallmarks of a triple-A game, that's the aim."


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