Maxis Emeryville, the studio that brought Spore, Darkspore and SimCity has closed its doors according to reports. Maxis’ other studio known for The Sims is apparently unaffected by the move.
Gullaume Pierre, SimCity lead gameplay scripter and designer, tweeted about the closure
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
EA confirmed the closure
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.
We wish everyone affected the best for the future.
Maxis has trended to the top of Twitter trends at the time of writing.