Developers of Apex Legends have been feeling pressure from EA regarding crazy seasonal deadlines.
Note: You are reading an old article from 2021. So, the information may not be up-to-date.
For Apex Legends, the developers opted for a live service model with the tried and tested ‘freemium’ model to monetize the game. Suffice it to say that this model was great for this title as, following its release back in 2019, Apex Legends has garnered a massive dedicated fanbase.
Also, this being a live-service title, developers would release a huge content update with each new season. These seasonal updates usually introduce new legends, weapons, maps, game modes, and more to keep the player base engaged.
EA Mandating an Unattainable Roadmap?
Even during the global pandemic, the developers of Respawn Entertainment delivered on their crazy content roadmap. However, this has come at the cost of the mental and physical well-being of the developers.
A current Respawn employee stated on an anonymous workplace review site that while the founders of Respawn Entertainment are great leaders, the rest of EA doesn’t follow the same pedigree.
As such, the crazy content roadmap has the developers working inhuman hours to keep pace with EA’s seasonal deadlines, even during a global pandemic. This news comes shortly after a massive leadership change at Respawn Entertainment.
Some of the big leaders of Respawn recently left the studio to pursue other ventures. Since the recent workplace-related issues have come to light, many are questioning the timing behind those departures. That being said, this story is still developing, and Respawn hasn’t published any official response regarding the issue.