‘Apex Legends’ Dev Rules Out Sequel, Looks Ahead To ‘Season 72’
In an interview with US Gamer during E3 2019, Respawn Entertainment's Drew McCoy, executive producer on the studio's Apex Legends, revealed that nobody on the team has any appetite to create a sequel to the battle royale hit.
Which is... Fair enough, I guess, given that nobody's super expecting the studio to make one. Apex Legends has always felt positioned as a Titanfall-verse spin-off, rather than something that needs to have a life beyond this one, games-as-a-service free-to-play release.
But there's no doubt that sticking a "2" on the end of something can stir interest in a fading product - and Apex Legends has definitely seen a drop in revenues since its massively successful launch in February. Its second season, called Battle Charge, will help bring those numbers up, though, when it launches soon.
Players are already seeing new features in the game, like dragon-like Flyers, and Apex introduced a new legend, Wattson, over E3 (check out the trailer below), as well as a new gun. Confidence is high at Respawn, high enough for McCoy to tell US Gamer: "We're never gonna make an Apex 2."
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To take that line and put it back into the fuller quote from which it was plucked the producer said:
"We've been playing Wattson since early last year, but we have so much stuff in the pipe right now. People are always like, 'So what are you guys gonna do, for this or that?' Like, dude, we're thinking years ahead at this point. We do believe in this game as a live game. We're never gonna make an Apex 2; [we're] hoping next Season 72 is awesome. That's kind of where our heads are at: how are we setting this up for the long term."
Well Drew, I'm glad you're on the record as saying that Season 72 is going to rock. Let's loop back to this post when it launches, in 2040 or so, and see if you've made good on your promise.
McCoy also updated US Gamer about Respawn's previously announced plans to introduce cross-play to Apex Legends: "We would love [to add it]. It's a huge amount of work to get it there. We're a smaller team, so we're always prioritising features and work. [Cross-play is] one of those things that I would love to get to, but stuff like ranked [play] for Season 2 and more content immediately is where we've put our focus."
Cross-play for Season 72: confirmed.
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