Back in February, Respawn Entertainment lost two long-time employees; they left separately to pursue other opportunities in the industry. However, Drew McCoy and Jon Shiring are back with their new project – a new AAA studio called Gravity Well.

McCoy, having worked in games since 2006, was a Producer at Respawn on both Titanfall games, and an Executive Producer on Apex Legends. Shiring, a 20-year veteran of the industry, knows how to ship a multiplayer game, as he’s worked on the online services for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Modern Warfare 2, Titanfall, and Apex Legends.

On Gravity Well’s website, both Drew and Jon took time to write about the why behind forming the studio, and it’s all about the work culture. From McCoy:

We take team health as an absolute top priority. That means we are anti-crunch. That means good compensation. That means everyone at Gravity Well has creative freedom, because when someone else makes all of the decisions, work isn’t fun and the end product isn’t as good.

From Shiring:

Ask around, and you’ll get the same answer from devs – once your team size crosses 100 people, everything changes. It’s nobody’s fault – big organizations just move slowly. You need meetings just to make decisions. Choices get siloed and brilliant creatives become less creative. So let’s just not do that. We’re going to build a team that is 80-85 people at peak.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the studio is hiring remotely right now for all positions, with plans to staff the studio when Los Angeles is no longer under lockdown.


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Mom, Army wife, talkative introvert and retail veteran are the best adjectives to describe this Midwestern native. Amanda has been playing games since Tomb Raider back in the ’90s. Fast forward 20-some-odd years, you’ll find her with a little less time on her hands, but she’ll still play anything with a great story and memorable characters. (Bonus points if there’s a female protagonist involved!) In her free time you’ll find her playing tabletop RPG’s with friends, and hanging out with her husband Adam, son Will, and Boykin Spaniel/Corgi/Blue Heeler mix Arya Bark!