It is official, the studio (Maxis Emeryville) creator of the much loved Sims franchise, has been laid to rest and their coffin and burned on a boat in the middle of the Internet-ocean. We now must say goodnight to a great friend and find a new outlet for going to Grim Reaper college and buying amazing bookshelves that teach us shower repair. At least we won’t ever catch ourselves on fire in the oven or drown in the swimming pool in any new ways. At least we can always go back and relive those wonderful memories.
The news was first broken by Guillaume Pierre, lead gameplay scripter on SimCity, with one of the saddest tweets ever.
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
Shortly after EA dropped the official bomb on the world.
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.
Maybe EA will continue development of the Sims and SimCity franchises, maybe they won’t completely ruin it, maybe they will. Either way this will impact a lot of real people in a less than great way. Good luck to everyone at Maxis Emeryville, God Speed.