EA Salt Lake City shop bulks up

Veterans from The Sims studio setting up a new development team at publisher's Utah shop to work on "groundbreaking new project."

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While the industry has been hit by a wealth of layoffs and studio closures in recent months, at least one shop is going in the opposite direction. Electronic Arts has announced that it is adding a new development team to its Salt Lake City studio, headed by "key leaders" pulled from the publisher's Sims studio at Redwood Shores.

Contemporary? Check. Mature? Well, they are old…

The new team will be put to work on a "groundbreaking new project," though an EA representative would not confirm for GameSpot whether it had any ties to the Sims franchise beyond the team leadership. The new team will join EA's existing Salt Lake City operation, which currently houses the developers of Hasbro-branded titles like Littlest Pet Shop and Nerf games. To make room, EA is moving the entire studio into larger facilities in downtown Salt Lake City.

The development team will eventually ramp up hiring but first must fill some key roles. Currently, EA's official job site is listing seven open positions at its Salt Lake City location, including creative director, art director, technical director, and senior online engineer.

The creative director listing indicates that the game will be a new intellectual property and asks for experience with single-player and multiplayer online games. Meanwhile, the art director should have experience with "a mature, contemporary art style," and EA wants a senior online engineer with experience working with the online functions of the Wii, Xbox 360, and PS3.

Discussion

19 comments
Seymour47
Seymour47

Hell. I didn't even know there WAS a game studio in Salt Lake. And, as people have said, groundbreaking and EA don't go in the same sentance. Perhaps 'soul crushing' would be a better term.

Heshertonfist
Heshertonfist

Groundbreaking and EA don't belong in the same sentence."Disappointing new project" sounds much more like EA.

tony382
tony382

@midnight445 That's not really "groundbreaking" since they announced Sims 3 for consoles a while ago.

midnight445
midnight445

The are working on The Sims 3 console version with some online features maybe

pete_merlin
pete_merlin

The Sims MMO would only work if it was alot different to The Sims Online

plutoman
plutoman

I seriously doubt that EA is going to do a Sims MMO when "The Sims Online" failed miserably!

NAWAF005
NAWAF005

@tony382 Sims MMO will be cool, but.....

JofuInSpace
JofuInSpace

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jeffokiecorry2

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Shardz7

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xxsuperbananaxx
xxsuperbananaxx

@HerbalVideogame I didn't know there was an EA studio here, but it's in Bountiful!? I hate driving up there. Do they realize there is basically an entire mountain between SLC and Bountiful we gotta drive around?

HerbalVideogame
HerbalVideogame

Yeah too bad it's not even in SLC, it's in Bountiful, which sucks.

Daian
Daian

@oneligas Yeah, i like the Sims but i get bored after a week of playing every new version and those 2394832483 tons of expansions which cost a fortune to get are not worth all that cash. I achieved my life goal in like 2-3 days in Sims 3.

bigM10231
bigM10231

maybe a brand new sim city for the consoles

valdarez
valdarez

They can't discuss the project yet, because they haven't bought the company whose game they are taking over yet. ;)

oneligas
oneligas

lol if it's any thing other than SIMS4