Electronic Arts is closing the studio behind the SimCity franchise – Maxis.
The Maxis home offices in Emeryville, California, are being closed.
EA confirmed reports on Twitter from now-former workers of the firm today.
Here is the statement in full:
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.
Maxis was founded in 1987 by Will Wright and Jeff Braun. SimCity, the studio’s first game, debuted in 1989 and kicked off among the very beloved series in gaming. EA got the business in 1997, to developing The Sims and Wright shifted. Released in 2000, The Sims became another enormous franchise for EA. The publisher after split off the Sims team transferring development of this franchise to the EA offices in Redwood Shores and Salt Lake City. The newest entry in the collection, The Sims 4, started last autumn. Maxis had formerly brought back SimCity in 2013, but severe on-line issues that continued long after launching hampered the game.