EA's Maxis Studio Closing, The Sims 4 Development Not Affected

EA's Maxis Studio Closing, The Sims 4 Development Not Affected

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

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.

Source: Polygon


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Comments Comments (7)

Posted by toner
On Thursday 5 Mar 2015 10:25 AM
Rest in peace Maxis. SimCity 2013 was worse than the dog's bollocks, but I'll remember the good ol' days of SimCity 1987 and SimCity 2000.
Posted by Xenojay
On Thursday 5 Mar 2015 10:30 AM
And so the method of EA closing companies once purchased continues...
Posted by Bunnny
On Thursday 5 Mar 2015 12:07 PM
Whoa... This is sad..

Man I loved the old SimCity games
Posted by RKO_NZ
On Thursday 5 Mar 2015 3:34 PM
Maxis died to me already when Sims 3 and all its spin offs and adaptions were released. RIP
Posted by Goonertron
On Thursday 5 Mar 2015 4:04 PM
Reticulate In Piece Maxis :(
Posted by jtbthatsme
On Thursday 5 Mar 2015 5:45 PM
The Sims...The Memories....Cheers Maxis.
Posted by atipuss
On Thursday 5 Mar 2015 7:43 PM
hmm so no the sims 4 for consoles then...