The lights are on
[Update #2] EA has told Game Informer that they will not be commenting on specific teams today. This echoes the statement we received about EA Montreal last week.
[Update #1] EA doesn't seem to have any comment on Playfish. According to a statement received by Joystiq, the publisher has nothing to add.
EA announced this morning that three of its Facebook titles will be coming to an end on June 14. The three games in question are The Sims Social, SimCity Social, and Pet Society. All three were developed by Playfish, which EA acquired in November 2009 for $275 million cash plus another $25 million in equity.
Particularly surprising is the elimination of SimCity Social, which was only first confirmed at E3 2012. From announcement to closure, the title will have lived only a year before fading from Facebook. This news comes just days after EA laid off an undisclosed (though rumored to be significant) number of staff at its Montreal mobile division.
We have reached out to EA for comment on the possible implications for Playfish and for clarification on the reasons for closing three titles from a single studio at once.
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Damn that sucks, I actually thought SimCity Social was pretty fun
I thought they were as good as any other of the similar Facebook games so I don't really get why they didn't catch on like, especially with the brand. I still stopped playing them a week after starting but I'd figure they'd make something off of it like Zynga.
I just started playing simcity social :(
Look's like social gaming is slowing down, seeing how bad Zynga is doing. Kind of a shame for these games though, SimCity Social and Sims Social were pretty fun.
lol. they probably weren't making enough money on it so it's getting axed. screw free-to-pay, unity all the way.
-_- ok thats it, last time i give you money EA nothing from you is worth playing now,i really liked the sims social ,i must had put in 150 smack'er runies in there
I'm just now hearing of SimCity Social. Would like to have more time with it...
And this brings up the always online debate. As Bruce Wayne says, it just raises too many questions.
Well, there goes all of the digital crap you bought for them!
Simcity social was fun now if only I could have conned...tricked...um I mean got my friends to play it too.
Hmm... Deaths in the family eh?
Annual Server Shutdowns, crappy launches, horrid servers, Online Passes, no post-launch support for "mediocre" titles (read Medal of Honor: Warfighter) and last but not least "Our gaem no mad us monies, so we are shutting it down." (again, MoH: Warfighter)
So, I ask Why don't EA just "offline" themselves?