In this industry it's not often that hearing a studio is being closed down genuinely surprises you, but I'm left fairly shocked by the news that EA is shutting the doors at Maxis Emeryville, the studio's main headquarters, for good.
Well, maybe 'surprised' is the wrong word; despite the well-publicised disaster of SimCity and the negative response to the removal offrom The Sims 4, I somehow simply assumed that Maxis, who've since before I was even born, would continue on regardless.
Why not take a trip way back down memory lane, a simpler time when mentioning the title 'SimCity' didn't cause everybody in the vicinity to shake their heads
EA is offering the classic city management game SimCity 2000: Special Edition for free on Origin, as part of its ongoinginitiative.
Ah, SimCity. Once you were the king of city-building simulators, beloved by all. Now you're basically the slightly wonky-looking kid at the party that nobody wants to dance with.
Perhaps recognising that even with an added offline mode (that should have been there from the start) most people aren't willing to forget the ridiculous mess that was SimCity's launch, EA is offering a of the game.
In their latest earnings call, EA has teased they've got "at least six new projects" in development and they'll be unveiling details at this year's E3. A "major new game" due in Q3 2014 will be shown.
They mention it's powered by Frostbite 3 so it's very likely Dragon Age: Inquisition, which is due around then. EA also mentioned Battlefront is progressing "very, very well."
SimCity developer Maxis is looking for a new Director of Product Development or Senior Development Director, as the studio gears up for a "new AAA PC game!" They want experience with "AAA and/or mobile game franchises."
The good news is that Maxis is developing a PC exclusive, and it's a 'big project', but what does this mean for SimCity? Are they committing to a sequel or another IP?