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Apex Legends Developer Respawn Has Been Hit by Layoffs

They are part of EA's plan it seems.

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More layoffs are coming, this time, at Respawn, the developer behind Apex Legends, Titanfall, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. 

Several employees from the company started sharing the news several days ago. "After 20 Seasons of Apex and 5 years at Respawn nearly to the day, my job has been made redundant and I have been laid off," said Apex Legends' global social media lead Alex Ackerman, as spotted by Eurogamer. "Working on this game and supporting this community has truly been the honor of my career and a highlight of my life."

Respawn's level designer Aaron Stump confirmed what many players had been worried about: "The Apex team was hit with layoffs today. It sucks seeing some of the people I've worked with for almost 3 years now get let go. Hopefully, they land on their feet sooner rather than later."

The studio's workers who avoided the cuts expressed their sorrow on social media.

"Rough day at EA. Rough day at Respawn," said senior writer Peter Stewart. "Although I'm thankful to be safe, my thoughts are with everyone affected by the ongoing layoffs, and if there's any way I can help or signal boost, I will do. It's really hard to find the energy and joy to make games in this environment."

The layoffs are likely a part of EA's plan to cut 5% of its workforce. Before the decision, Respawn had been developing a first-person Star Wars Mandalorian game about a bounty hunter, but it was canceled in the early production stages.

EA has lost a significant portion of its talent, and one of them was Halo's co-creator Marcus Lehto, who recently said he didn't have "anything positive to say about EA."

Thousands of workers in the game industry have lost their jobs in 2024 alone. Hopefully, this trend will come to an end soon but don't hold your breath.

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