April 13, 2009 by Martin

After the somewhat disappointing release of Spore (although the sales figures were through the roof) Will Wright has decided to leave Electronic Arts and their studio Maxis - which he co-founded with Jeff Braun back in 1989. According to Wright he will though continue to work closely with his former associates via his new studio Stupid Fun Club, which will be an “entertainment think tank”. EA Maxis VP and general manager Lucy Bradshaw will assume the role Will Wright previously had in the studio.

It is unknown what this means to the SimCity franchise. However we did manage to find this quote:

We believe in Will’s vision for Stupid Fun Club and we’re looking forward to partnering with Will and his team long into the future,” said John Riccitiello, EA’s Chief Executive Officer. “Will is a great designer and he’s been part of a great legacy of globally recognized game franchises like The Sims, SimCity and Spore. The teams that have been leading those franchises in recent years have a lot of exciting content coming.

Just grasping for straws.

Also, check out this interview with Lucy Bradshaw. Unfortunately it’s mostly about Spore.

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3 Responses to “Will Wright Leaves EA/Maxis”

  1. April 13, 2009 at 11:08 am

    It is telling that Wright is going off to start an “entertainment thinktank” and EA is left promising “content.” It is as if EA regards games as so many crates of orange juice that need to be harvested at the lowest price and successfully marketed to consumers with the greatest margin.

    -danny

  2. April 20, 2009 at 12:22 am

    It’s a damn shame what EA’s done. I didn’t too much mind spore, bit it’s blatantly obvious it wasn’t the finished product.

    Simcity Societies was just a tragedy. Maxis had it, whoever EA gave Simcity to just don’t. D:

  3. #3 Matt
    May 7, 2009 at 11:49 am

    With all the powerful machines out there today, just imagine what could be done with a game like SimCity.

    It’s a shame Will’s leaving, sign of the times at EA.

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