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  • Blog Post: Fans Compile List Of Missing Features From The Sims 4

    An enthusiastic, invested community has always been one of the strengths of The Sims series. However, for the upcoming Sims 4, Electronic Arts may be lamenting these fans' attention to detail, since it has resulted in a list of 89 things that have been cut from previous entries. The post on Sims4News... More
  • Blog Post: The Sims 4's Gallery Will Foster A Creative Community, May Not Be Monetized

    This morning at EA's Gamescom press briefing , we got our first look at The Sims 4's new gallery in action. The feature is an evolution of the Exchange that integrates Sim and room sharing into the experience. The Gallery also creates an easier way for creative fans to focus on the part of the... More
  • Blog Post: Get The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection For Free

    EA recently announced it is ending support for The Sims 2, meaning there will no further patches or updates. As a token of good will, the publisher is upgrading all owners to the Ultimate Collection of the game. For a limited time, anyone can get the game for free. In order to get your copy of The Sims... More
  • Blog Post: EA’s Maxis Appears To Be Developing A New Sandbox Crafting Game

    SimCity and The Sims studio Maxis appears to be branching into new territory if a job listing is any indication. The studio seeks someone with Minecraft, Little Big Planet, and Project Spark familiarity. The search for a senior designer for a “new, unannounced Maxis product being created at EA’s... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] SimCity Going Off The Grid

    Update: According to an EA rep, SimCity's Update 10, which enables offline play, is being released today. Via Twitter , Maxis PR director Charlie Sinhaseni wrote, "Hey guess what? Update 10 that enables Offline Play for @simcity is coming today. Deployment begins now." Original Story: SimCity... More
  • Blog Post: Final Testing Underway On SimCity Offline

    Maxis has announced that its next SimCity update, which will include the option to play offline , is now in final testing. The move to cut the cord was announced in January. The online play is not affected, and those that have been building as part of multiplayer regions can continue to do so. Offline... More
  • Blog Post: EA Sets Ground Rules For SimCity Modders

    In a post on the official SimCity blog , Maxis and Electronic Arts offer its blessings for those who want to mod SimCity, but not without a few restrictions. You can see the full list of rules and stipulations by heading here . Most of it is reasonably straightforward asking that modders not to inject... More
  • Blog Post: The Sims 4 Slated For Fall 2014 Release

    EA and Maxis have announced that their latest emotion-filled life simulator, The Sims 4 , will be arriving toward the end of next year. EA pulled the curtain back on the features of the series a couple of months ago at Gamescom 2013. Included in the upcoming sequel are more accessible building and customization... More
  • Blog Post: Maxis Exploring Offline Mode For SimCity

    In a recent blog post on Maxis' website, Maxis Emeryville general manager Patrick Buechner reveals the way forward for SimCity . The most notable of the announcements is that the studio is exploring an offline mode for the title. On March 15, 2013, recently promoted senior vice president Lucy Bradshaw... More
  • Blog Post: Mac Release For SimCity Just In Time For School To Start

    EA and Maxis are getting ready to give SimCity another go on Mac. The game has seen multiple delays on the platform, but a tweet from the official account offers a new release date. Good news, Mayors! #SimCity is coming to Mac on Aug 29. RT if you can't wait to start building on the Mac. —... More
  • Blog Post: Former SimCity Leads Form New Studio Of 'Recovering Ex-AAA Developers'

    Three developers behind the troubled SimCity have departed EA and Maxis to form their own studio. Not only have they left their employers behind, but the trio of Jellygrade founders profess to be "recovering ex-AAA developers," implying a different kind of experience than their previous work... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Maxis Still Supporting Darkspore After All, Fixes Bugs

    Update #2: Darkspore is available again on Steam. Update #1: Contrary to the post on the official Darkspore forums earlier, EA and Maxis have stated that Darkspore is still a supported title. The news comes first via Maxis PR manager Charlie Sinhaseni's Twitter account. — Charlie Sinhaseni... More
  • Blog Post: Updated: EA And Maxis Announce The Sims 4

    [Update] Electronic Arts has revealed a little more info about The Sims 4, including the fact that fans don't need to worry about a repeat performance of SimCity .The Sims 4 is a single-player, offline experience with a focus of personalization and sharing. [Original Story] The Sims is a juggernaut... More
  • Blog Post: Major SimCity Update Coming On Monday April 22

    The first big update to Maxis' stumbling SimCity will arrive on April 22, 2013. The patch fixes a number of bugs, including an important fix for the HUD in colorblind mode. Casinos are now more profitable, but you'll have to rebuild for the benefits to kick in. There are fixes to a number of... More
  • Blog Post: SimCity Cheetah Mode Returns, Mac Version Due June 11

    In a recent Facebook post , the creators of SimCity , Maxis, confirmed that it was bringing back Cheetah Speed. The game play mode is one of the many features that were removed during the fumbled launch of the title. They also confirmed via the post that they are working on a second update. Cheetah speed... More
  • Blog Post: EA Exec: SimCity Always-Online Came From Maxis

    EA Labels president Frank Gibeau told GamesIndustry International that SimCity’s online requirement was born out of the creative vision of Maxis’ development team, not the “evil suits at EA.” Gibeau likens SimCity to an MMO, and has harsh words for DRM controls. “DRM is... More
  • Blog Post: EA Offering SimCity Players One Of Eight Free Games

    EA said it was offering free games to players as an apology for SimCity's botched launch, and now they've revealed the selection – which includes SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition. If you've activated SimCity , you should be getting an email from EA that offers instructions on how to claim your... More
  • Blog Post: Maxis "Rejected" Offline Mode For SimCity

    Maxis general manager Lucy Bradshaw explained in a blog post why the SimCity developer felt that offline play "didn't fit in with [their] vision." In an effort to explain why SimCity is what it is, Bradshaw listed off what the "significant calculations" your SimCity game offloads... More
  • Blog Post: SimCity Modded For Offline Play

    SimCity has been criticized for its demand that players be always connected online to play the game, and now a modder has found a way to play it offline. UKAzzer has accessed the game's debug mode, which allows him to play the game indefinitely offline, among other things. Usually the game has a... More
  • Blog Post: Report: Anonymous Maxis Employee Says SimCity Could Easily Be Played Offline

    Through all the trials and tribulations that SimCity has gone through with its required online play, Maxis and Electronic Arts have held firm that taking the game offline would require substantial reprogramming. According to an anonymous employee from Maxis who claims to be familiar with the programming... More
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