Maxis hiring for PC online simulation game

Sims, Spore developer looking for development director for unannounced "next-generation online simulation game."

The Electronic Arts-owned Maxis studio will announce an action role-playing game set in the Spore universe at Comic-Con 2010 next week, but the developer is also seeking to employ an individual to work on a new online simulation game for the PC.

Might Maxis attempt to resurrect The Sims Online?

A job listing spotted by Superannuation asks for a development director for an unannounced "next-generation online simulation game" at the Maxis studio in Emeryville, California.

Although specifics on the project are unknown, EA is clearly looking for an experienced individual to help lead it. The listing requires its applicant to have more than five years of "project management experience on at least two shipped titles," one of which must be a PC game.

Additionally, the listing hints that work on the project is still in the earliest stages. Applicants must have "created a development plan for a title from concept to ship" to be considered for the position. As of press time, Electronic Arts has not responded to GameSpot's request for comment on the job listing.

It's unclear exactly how much of the game's focus will be on its online component, but Maxis has some experience on that front. EA launched The Sims Online, the company's attempt at a massively multiplayer online Sims experience, in 2002, only to close its doors in 2003. However, the game didn't die there. It was reborn in February 2008 as the free-to-play EA Land but was shut down permanently in August of that year.

Maxis was cofounded by industry veteran Will Wright in 1987 and was acquired by Electronic Arts in 1997. The studio is known for its experience within the simulation genre through games like the original SimCity and its follow-ups, The Sims series and 2008's Spore.

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18 comments
Vojtass
Vojtass

Jade Raymond was producer of The Sims Online. :)

gbrading
gbrading moderator

The word "online" makes me nervous. Sounds like it would be some kind of subscription based thing. A new SimCity might be interesting.

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

It had better not be SimCity. I'm not paying a monthly fee for any game, period.

fabtep
fabtep

The Sims games are being developed by an EA entity called The Sims Studio, which was separated from Maxis years ago. The game in development at Maxis is therefore unlikely to be a Sims title in my opinion. The latest SimCity title, SimCity Societies, was not developed by Maxis either, but by Tilted Mill, and if I'm not mistaken it was overseen by The Sims Studio. The only franchise Maxis is known to have worked on in recent years is Spore.

eriktkire
eriktkire

Maybe I'm alone in this but I don't quite understand how this was spun into a news piece? Are things THAT slow that we're going to be subjected to gamespot analysing industry job advertisments from various developers? This article makes me wonder if this obsessive speculation isn't feeding the corporate beast that ends up forcing developers to release broken games because "the market wants it NOW."

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

A next gen PC online game...... that just sounds like an expensive upgrade.

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

Enough with sore spore. time for real Sim City. please Maxis and EA . will buy more games from you EA, if you make good new sim city. and will hate Activision even more.

wcw6
wcw6

Simcity > Everything else they have made. A Simcity 5 please. Waited for 7 years now! A singleplayer Simcity with awesome BAT would be the best.

Geek12
Geek12

Please Maxis please DO NOT go the Cities XL route. Look what happened to them.

Gladestone1
Gladestone1

Aye really when will ea learn all we want is a new simcity..They just dont get it..Come on ea get with the picture make another simcity your fans want it..

BloodMist
BloodMist

The Sims Online 2, I bet.Frankly this developer's laziness pretty much confirms it.

masterlu
masterlu

I still think The Sims Online was a great concept... as a concept.

fanirama
fanirama

Simcity 5 please and OFFLINE. I don't want any persistent MMO nonsense. Just an offline SimCity 5 game. Thats all. Thank you.

RyuRanVII
RyuRanVII

I'd rather have Sim City 5 instead of the Spore action-RPG and this online game.

FrumpyShakes
FrumpyShakes

Bah, Second Life is a testament to how borring social online games can be, it's just going to be filled to the brim with perverts who want their avatars to have sex, or obsess over chauvinistic things. I'd be much happier with a new simcity game.

ferrustaurus
ferrustaurus

ok everyone instead of interacting with people in person, we will now move to playing sim games with eachother . . ., it might be cool but . . .