Apex Legends Studio Loses A Founding Member
Drew McCoy has left Respawn.
McCoy worked at Call of Duty 4 studio Infinity Ward before he--along with many others--followed Infinity Ward founders Vince Zampella and Jason West to their new studio, Respawn, in 2010.
"I'll miss the people the most--the daily arguments, successes, failures, and everything in between," McCoy said. He said he's "not sure where [he's] going yet," though he teased he will likely stay in the gaming industry.
McCoy was the lead producer on the original Titanfall before rising to senior producer for Titanfall 2. He became an executive producer for Respawn's battle royale game, Apex Legends, and in that position he oversaw the game's direction and scheduling, in addition to its creative direction.
McCoy departs from Respawn not long after producer Christina Sanchez, who left the company to join God of War studio Sony Santa Monica at the end of 2019.
Both McCoy and Sanchez left Respawn--which is owned by EA--following the breakout success of Apex Legends. Respawn most recently released Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which sold better than expected, and is also working on a Medal of Honor game for virtual reality.
Respawn founder Vince Zampella is now heading up DICE LA while remaining the CEO of Respawn.
Today marks the start of a new adventure for me. I will absolutely cherish the last 10 years I spent helping start Respawn and ship some awesome games alongside amazing people. I'll miss the people the most - the daily arguments, successes, failures, and everything inbetween. 1/2— Drew McCoy (@DKo5) February 24, 2020
For everyone who played our games, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Not sure where I'm going yet, but rest assured I can't stay away from games for long!— Drew McCoy (@DKo5) February 24, 2020
Be excellent to each other 2/2