Apex Legends will continue to do seasonal updates, according to Respawn CEO Vince Zampella. The battle royale game will not be shifting towards weekly updates. This is being done to maintain quality of life for the game and to avoid the development crunch at the development studio.
Zampella revealed this information while talking about the game’s future at GamesBeat Summit. He talked about Apex’s update schedule, the balance of life and work for the developers. He confirmed that Respawn Entertainment will continue to follow the original update schedule. The season by season updates of Apex will help the team avoid overworking.
There are a lot of people that are like ‘hey where’s the weekly updates, Fortnite does this.’ And it’s like, we’re not set up to do that. We never intended to.
Our intention was to always be seasonal, so we’re kind of staying with that,” says Zampella. “The thought was ‘hey we kind of have something that’s blowing up here, do we want to start trying to drop more content?’ But I think you look at quality of life for the team. We don’t want to overwork the team, and drop the quality of the assets we’re putting out. We want to try and raise that
Zampella didn’t mention Fortnite but the conversation took place on the same day when Polygon unveiled that Epic employees have to work between 70-100 hours a week because of the game’s continuous updates and the fear of being fired.
Fortnite’s reputation is completely built on the opposite of Apex Legends. That’s because of Fortnite’ focus on bringing weekly updates filled with new weapons and modes to keep the players interested. It’s clear that Respawn Entertainment doesn’t want to follow Fortnite’s path of success, instead, they are going to do things their own way.
However, Zampella admits that Respawn is still figuring out the pacing for new content in the game. Respawn is also aware of the fact that Apex’s Season 1 was very light in terms of content, which is why the team is now working on to provide better and more things in Season 2. “All the resources on the team are focused on getting this game in a better position so it plays well, so we have enough content, so the seasons are better,” Zampella said at the end.
That said, all we can do is wait to see what the future holds for EA’s Apex Legends, which has been losing players since its launch in February.
Apex Legends published by Electronic Arts is now available to play on Sony’s PlayStation 4, Microsoft’s Xbox One and PC.