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Laid-off Maxis developer starts Patreon for Cities: Skylines modding

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Former Maxis developer Bryan Shannon, a member of the team that worked on the ill-fated 2013 SimCity, has been creating content for Cities: Skylines on the Steam Workshop since he was laid off in the studio's recent closure.

Now he's set up a Patreon to continue his modding work, asking for donations for each building model that he creates for Colossal Order's excellent city builder.

EA shuts down The Sims and SimCity developer Maxis

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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 of several features from The Sims 4, I somehow simply assumed that Maxis, who've been around since before I was even born, would continue on regardless.

SimCity 2000 is free via Origin's 'On the House' programme

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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 and scowl.

EA is offering the classic city management game SimCity 2000: Special Edition for free on Origin, as part of its ongoing On the House initiative.

EA offer free trial for SimCity on Origin

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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 free trial of the game.

EA to unveil "at least six new projects" at E3 2014, Star Wars: Battlefront confirmed

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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."

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