Bonjour messieurdames and welcome to another episode of Brut de News, the show in which I give my completely irrelevant opinion on PC gaming related news. The news in this episode is great news indeed: according to a tweet made by a developer at Maxis Emeryville, the makers of SimCity, that was later confirmed by Electronic Arts, Maxis Emeryville is no more. And the gaming world rejoiced.I would have never dreamt that I’d be satisfied by news that EA was shutting down yet another studio, but I think in this case it’s for the better of all.
Woohoo! Cities Skylines is around the corner, and is looking exactly like the game that we have been waiting for so long. It is almost poetic justice that a week before the launch of that game, EA decides to pull a coup de grace on Maxis. Let me read to you the official statement from EA, that is of course full of idiotic PR lingo:
In other words, many will get fired, some will be allowed to integrate into other EA teams, but Maxis Emeryville as the maker of the SimCity franchise will cease to exist. I think it is safe to say that therefore, the SimCity franchise is dead as a fish. I’m very sorry that this happened so what Will Wright created, but this wasn’t Will’s baby anymore anyway. Even though he voiced his support for SimCity 2013 in the past, I refuse to believe that that was more than 99 money talking out of his mouth.Rest in peace, SimCity. I thank you for the hundreds of hours of entertainment you provided. But to the designers at Maxis who are now out of a job: please consider a career at Starbucks. Your talents in dumbing down long-running series is no longer required with a malicious grin on my face I thank you very much for watching, adieu messieurdames, and see you soon!