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  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: How Would You Change The Sims And SimCity?

    Today brought news that Maxis Emeryville is shutting down . The studio brought us games like Spore and SimCity, but EA has chosen to shutter the office, even while keeping other related EA studios open in Redwood Shores, Salt Lake City, Helsinki, and Melbourne. The future of Maxis' properties are... More
  • Blog Post: EA Shuts Down SimCity Studio Maxis Emeryville

    EA has shut down the studio responsible for Spore and SimCity. The news comes from Guillaume Pierre, lead gameplay scripture and a designer on SimCity (according to his Twitter profile). “Well it was a fun 12 years, but it's time to turn off the lights and put the key under the door. #RIPMaxisEmeryville... More
  • Blog Post: The Next Sims 4 Expansion Will Put You To Work As A Detective, Doctor, Or Scientist

    The Sims 4 is about to get a bit larger. The game’s first full-sized expansion will be arriving in a couple of months, bringing with it a few new jobs, skills, and business opportunities. The Get to Work expansion will allow you to become a doctor, detective, or scientist. Along with the jobs,... More
  • Blog Post: Play Sims Free For 48 Hours On Origin

    EA is offering players a chance to try Sims 4 before they buy. The official Twitter account of EA's downloadable game service Origin tweeted out the offer today: "Want to try The Sims 4? You can now play 48 hours of FREE time with Origin Game Time! Go ahead and mess with life." The offer... More
  • Blog Post: The Sims 4 Celebrates Outdoor Retreat Release With Launch Trailer

    Electronic Arts and Maxis announced that The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat, the first game pack for The Sims 4, is available today. The pack allows players to take their Sims on vacation to Granite Falls, a wooded, mountainous region nestled on a lake. Sims are able to set up camp and venture out into the woods... More
  • Blog Post: The Sims 4 Heads To The Great Outdoors

    Get your Sims out into nature this January with the Outdoor Retreat game pack. The pack comes out in early January for $20, and takes your sims to a new location complete with campfire songs and bear costumes. Outdoor Retreat is part of what developer Maxis is calling Game Packs. These differ from the... More
  • Blog Post: The Long-Awaited Sims 4 Pool Update Available Now

    Maxis introduced its first free Sims 4 update last month, and now it's time for the next one: pools. Two new careers are also on deck for December. When The Sims 4 launched, some key features were absent , such as dishwashers, pools, and even career paths. Maxis has answered by providing free content... More
  • Blog Post: Free Updates For The Sims 4 Brings Star Wars Costumes Now, Pools Later

    The Sims 4 might not have made the critical splash that EA and Maxis were hoping for ( our review ), but with some free updates, maybe it will warrant a second look from consumers. The first content pack is available now, with some seasonally appropriate inclusions. October means Halloween, so Maxis... More
  • Blog Post: The Future Of The Sims Franchise Hinges On Success Of The Sims 4, Says Maxis

    The Sims fans have only just begun their latest adventure, with the release of The Sims 4 last week. There’s a long way to go before the next entry, as the franchise is known for numerous expansions large and small (The Sims 3 had 11 major expansions). In a now-deleted comment on the official Sims... More
  • Blog Post: Where Is Our Review Of The Sims 4?

    Maxis' long-running Sims franchise launched its new iteration, The Sims 4, on PC today. Unfortunately, EA did not provide us a review code early enough to fully evaluate the game in advance. I am currently playing it, and planning to have the review later this week – but here are some of my... More
  • 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
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