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
It appears EA is shutting down Maxis, the long running studio behind the Sim City series. Maxis was founded in 1987 by Will Wright and Jim Braun to publish the original Sim City, to be acquired by EA 10 years later. Following Wright’s departure in 2009, EA faced major technical problems during 2013’s SimCity release. Sadly it seems like they’ve decided not to solve them.
Edit: EA Has released a 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.
So looks like the IP isn’t going away, but this location was formerly the headquarters of Maxis as we knew them.
To be clear, this is Maxis Emeryville, the home of SimCity. The IPs and even the Maxis name aren’t going away, but this is a big blow.
— Michael Futter (@Futterish) March 4, 2015
Good luck to the Maxis Emeryville team. It’s tough, but if you can rally, get to the GDC career pavilion tomorrow! #RIPMaxisEmeryville
— GameJobHunter (@gamejobhunter) March 4, 2015
Omfg EA shut down Maxis…
— Dan (@Dansgaming) March 4, 2015