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Respawn opens Apex Legends-focused studio in Canada

Respawn opens Apex Legends-focused studio in Canada

Titanfall developer Respawn is setting up shop in Vancouver, Canada.

Speaking to, the studio said that this brand new outfit will be focused on the wildly-popular free-to-play battle royale title Apex Legends, which launched in February 2019. The new Canadian location is going to be headed up by operations boss Henry Lee, while Steven Ferreira is taking on the role of team director.

"When you look at Vancouver, it's one of EA's biggest studio locations," Lee said.

"And Vancouver is full of talented people in the games industry, so there was a natural fit with Steven coming on board with his core team and really establishing that foundation. Now we're just adding the missing pieces to it.

"This is a great opportunity, not just for the Vancouver studio to bring some new creative challenges to people already there, but also to the local industry in terms of being part of the Apex Legends roadmap. So we're very excited about bringing this to Vancouver and hopefully greater Canada as well, because we can tap into much more of a talent base broadly."

This comes ten years after Respawn was first established by Vince Zampella and Jason West following their rather dramatic exit from Call of Duty studio Infinity Ward. Since then the developer has released two Titanfall games, Apex Legends, as well as Star Wars romp Jedi: Fallen Order, which sold more than ten million copies between its launch in November 2019 and the following March. Publisher EA said that it was its top-selling Star Wars launch on PC to date.  

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