Founded in 2010 by Call of Duty originators Vince Zampella and Jason West, Respawn Entertainment established itself with the Titanfall series. The developer was acquired in 2017 by Electronic Arts.
The new location will be focused on the free-to-play battle royale title Apex Legends and will be led by Henry Lee with Steven Ferreira taking on the role of team director. This will be Respawn’s second location alongside its existing studio in California.
“When you look at Vancouver, it’s one of our [EA’s] biggest studio locations,” Lee says. “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.”