EA has decided to close SimCity developer Maxis Emeryville. Maxis is known for developing games like SimCity, Spore and Sims. EA will split up the development of the IP’s of the studio to other developers within EA.
EA will continue to develop games in other Maxis offices in their company. The games will not be affected and they will continue to be supported, but with other developers.
Here’s the statement:
“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.”
SimCity was released by Maxis Emeryville in 2013 and was widely viewed as a disaster. It had always DRM on a singleplayer game. Many people criticized the game for using that function and that maps were too small on the game.
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