Amidst a controversy regarding Apex Legends’ new Iron Crown event, Respawn Entertainment CEO Vince Zampella has issued a statement. When a discussion on Reddit about how the developers “missed the mark” with Iron Crown escalated, a wave of toxicity flooded the thread. Executive producer Drew McCoy made several distasteful comments, and players were upset.
Throughout the weekend, Respawn has had their hands full with damage control. News of the controversy quickly spread, and the developer’s reputation was being dragged through the mud. To say that it was a messy debacle would be an understatement. The “heated discussion” between Redditors and Respawn staff only got worse as community manager Jay Frechette got involved.
Although Respawn was getting a lot of hate, several fans rallied to support their favorite free-to-play battle royale game. Players who have longed for an Apex Legends solo mode were thankful for the new addition, despite the drama that came with it.
Earlier today, Vince Zampella tweeted out an apology, saying that “things got to a pretty bad place.”
“Some of our folks crossed a line with their comments, and that’s not how we want Respawn to be represented,” the apology reads. “I apologize to any of our fans that were offended.”
He goes on to say that he will “always stand behind the team here at Respawn and support them on speaking out against some of the toxic and nasty comments being directed at them, including everything from death threats to comments aimed at their family and loved ones.”
Respawn has always aspired to maintain a good relationship with their fan base. The developer regularly interacts with their Reddit community, and always strives to make them happy. Unfortunately, recent events have tarnished the reputation of the developer. Hopefully, any and all misunderstandings between the developer and the players are resolved. Apex Legends is arguably one of the better free-to-play battle royale titles available, and I imagine Respawn wants to maintain that title.