A representative from EA announced that Maxis Emeryville site has been shut down.
The site was the main Maxis studio and the developer was behind the classic SimCity and much loved Spore games.
The Maxis brand will continue as normal under the EA banner with no plans to change any of the current development plans for any of the Sims labelled games. EA is currently assisting with the reallocation of talent from the expected job losses.
Maxis and EA came under criticism for the poor online launch of Sim City 5. While the name will continue, there will be no doubt many gamers who will be sad to hear the shutting down of the Emeryville site and with it the studio that helped create a whole new genre.
Sad Day indeed.