EA Shuts Down the SimCity Developer Maxis

Posted Mar 5, 2015
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It appears that EA has shut the down the developer of SimCity and Spore, Maxis Emeryville. The main Maxis studio has been developing SimCity and Spore games amongst other titles for almost 26 years now. On the other hand , Maxis Redwood Shores, otherwise known as ‘The Sims Studio’. Which are responsible for the development of The Sims franchise, will not be affected by the closure of Maxis Emeryville according to EA.

No More SimCity from Maxis

Now the latest SimCity game was in all honesty not that great, and the launch itself was terrible, and apparently EA agrees (even though it was their own fault for wanting to make it with Always Online DRM) with this since they have now shut down the studio. The site Beyond Sims first reported that, long time staff member Guillaume Pierre tweeted earlier today that “it’s time to turn of the lights and put the key under the door.”

In a Press statement EA said the following:

Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to our studios in Redwood Shores, Salt Lake City, Helsinki and Melbourne locations as we close our Emeryville location. Maxis continues to support and develop new experiences for current Sims and SimCity players, while expanding our franchises to new platforms and developing new cross-platform IP.

These changes do not impact our plans for The Sims. Players will continue to see rich new experiences in The Sims 4, with our first expansion pack coming soon along with a full slate of additional updates and content in the pipeline.

All employees impacted by the changes today will be given opportunities to explore other positions within the Maxis studios and throughout EA. For those that are leaving the company, we are working to ensure the best possible transition with separation packages and career assistance.

Granted that the last SimCity wasn’t what it should have been, but it’s always pretty sad to see studios get shut down, especially if they are owned by Publishers such as EA.

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