EA has confirmed that SimCity and The Sims developer Maxis is being closed down, but says this won't affect ongoing development plans for The Sims 4.
The publisher released the following statement today:
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.
This follows tweets by a number of Maxis employees about the studio's closure, reported by Beyond Sims.
Well it was a fun 12 years, but it's time to turn off the lights and put the key under the door. #RIPMaxisEmeryville— Guillaume Pierre (@MaxisGuillaume) March 4, 2015
Well it was a good run. Maxis Emeryville closes as of today :( #simcity— Barrie Tingle (@barrietingle) March 4, 2015
Sad to see end of Maxis Emeryville. So many great folks and so much talent, but I guess all good things must end. Best of luck to everyone!— Maxis Scott (@MaxisScott) March 4, 2015
Very sad to hear about Maxis in Emeryville closing. Working on Spore and Sims 2 with amazing people were the highlights of my years in SF.— Alex Hutchinson (@BangBangClick) March 4, 2015
Maxis was established in 1987, and released the first SimCity game in 1989. EA acquired the studio in 1997, under whom they developed The Sims, a series that's gone on to become one of the most commercially successful videogame franchises of all time.
The latest game in The Sims series, The Sims 4, launched last year. For more information, see our review.