SimCity, Spore studio announcement set for GDC

Electronic Arts teases reveal from California-based company at next month's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco; event to be streamed live.

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The Electronic Arts-owned Maxis game studio has been in the dark since it shipped last year's Darkspore, but it appears the shop has a new project cooking, which could be unveiled next month.

Maxis has something to share next month.

Electronic Arts senior public relations director Erik Reynolds recently tweeted a message teasing that an announcement from Maxis will be made at next month's Game Developers Conference.

"EA Maxis GDC announcement, huge event w/ special guests," he wrote.

Reynolds also provided a link to an EA page titled "EA Game Changers," where the announcement will presumably be made. According to the page, the event will be streamed live at the site on March 6 at 3 p.m. EDT.

Maxis put itself on the map with its 1990 city-building hit SimCity, which would spawn numerous offshoots including the popular Sims life-simulation franchise. Most recently, the studio put out Spore (2008) and its follow-up, Darkspore (2011).

Discussion

37 comments
IrithAyllistira
IrithAyllistira

I miss Sim City as well as a lot of business strategy games that were put on the side for the past few years...

kca89
kca89

SimCity 5 please... and please don't dumb it down for casuals. Lets the series hold true to what made it great.

crdeath27
crdeath27

@SirNormanislost There is a mod for SC4 called Network Addon Mod (or NAM for short) that fixes a lot of the issues with traffic so you can actually build up a large city. I don't know if it does anything for the driving, I never did any of the driving missions. I highly recommend it.

Joesocwork
Joesocwork

Sim City put computer games on the map! :) Let's grow again!

TheGuardianX
TheGuardianX

SimCity 5!!! I first bought Simcity 4 when I was in early high school. Now I am in the US Army and there is no Simcity 5 yet?! Very Long Overdue

sexyweapons
sexyweapons

Oooh knowing Maxis it will be something really cool and fresh!

d33pak001
d33pak001

PC games market is declining year by year........ Sad part is PC beats the crap out of every console in the market (if given cahnce that is)

Kayweg
Kayweg

I really really wish for a SimCity 5....and i really really fear a SimCity 5 with a heavy EA influence.....

swmeek
swmeek

Sim city 5 would be cool! maybe they're going to admit Spore actually sucked ! LOL

Sirre
Sirre

SimCity 5!!!! Or as somebody already mentioned, a new SimTower would be awesome!(Although not probable...) I was quite disappointed that Yoot's Tower didn't reach out globally, or at least not here in Northern Europe. :(

SaeeD22000
SaeeD22000

Any guidance to me about 3 p.m. EDT. ... where actually is EDT?

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

Come on sim city5!!!! It's been far to long hopefully they ditch the drive your vehicle missions or optimise the game so when you build a huge city it runs smoother and the driving is actually possible my last 2 PCs really didn't like it infact tonight I'm installing it on my new PC if it can run BF3 on ultra it must be able to handle my old sim city4 saves lol

NegdukeUK
NegdukeUK

About time we had a new SimCity, doubt it will be though.

akash_p_shetty
akash_p_shetty

+1 for SimCity 5. I think its time to re-create the legend.

Darth_Tyrranus
Darth_Tyrranus

I've always secretly hoped that a new Simtower game would be released, but I doubt that will ever happen.

Tseng
Tseng

Would love a new Sim City, or a better Spore. maybe instead of making the universe so huge, they focus on the evolution of your species and all the species on your planet. It was kind of weird that none of the other species could evolve.

catsimboy
catsimboy

As a lot of other people have said 'Spore:The Non-Crappy Version' would be good. But knowing EA it's probably something really "safe" and not revolutionary, something easy to make money.

bradocki
bradocki

Will they ever make a new sim city? So unfair to let us waiting...

RedWave247
RedWave247

Wow, I'm not the only one hoping for a Sim City 5. Personally - and I'm probably in the minority here - I'd love to see a lot of green technology and city improvements: green roofs, biking lanes, wind/solar power, street cars, etc. I'll admit it's unlikely, but I think it'd be make for some great additions that would make gameplay very different from previous Sim City games.

s4dn3s5
s4dn3s5

SimCity 4 is from 2003! 9 years of crap (Societies, Spore), now bring out Sim City5 and don't screw it all

danyjr
danyjr

Better be SimCity 5. And it better not be anything like Societies.

Miroku_of_Nite1
Miroku_of_Nite1

A new SimCity that is more like SimCity 2000 would be great. Hopefully the guest is Will Wright. Hes my dev hero.

DarkLord
DarkLord

A new SimCity would be awesome! Something streamlined and gorgeous to behold!

Marcster1994
Marcster1994

Remake Spore but actually good. No cutesy crap. Make it like the Beta Demo

gix47
gix47

more SimCity...and hopefully nothing like that piece of crap that was simcrapcity 4 rush!hour or the gwad awful Societies. and spore was garbage too

Timmy_Gwar
Timmy_Gwar

Ok, I'll be the one to say it.Its another Sims 3 expansion. Or "Spore 2: The Second Attempt".

huevosbenedicto
huevosbenedicto

@ronnet Apparently so, I remember reading an article on IGN where he talked about starting another simulation game - I can't really remember what it was about though. I don't know whether Maxis are doing it either.

Pikdum
Pikdum

Please create a game that was what Spore was suppose to be. Not some dumbed down, casual, cute garbage. Spore was suppose to take the more mature (blood, real survival), scientific route.

spenta
spenta

Too bad they just didnt make Cities XL more fun to play because it looks 1000 times better then any of the Sim City games. Hopefully if they do another SC game it'll have XL type graphics with their more much more entertaining city building game style.

00J
00J

@ronnet You can't keep a good game designer down for long, whatever excursion he was on probably won't hold his interest like coding and designing a game...

ZombehDino
ZombehDino

A Spore sequel would be cool, just as long as Maxis learns from their mistakes from the first one.

12qazx
12qazx

I just want a sim city 5. I would be very happy if that came true.

FatmanAB
FatmanAB

mr wright ...... just develop the GODDAMN SIMS GAME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ronnet
ronnet

@huevosbenedicto, is he back? Last I heared he left the videogame industry after finishing Spore. He joined some sort of millionair super-adventure club. Some place EA puts away the talent after they've bought their studio and IPs.