PC gaming not dead, says Maxis

EA Maxis lead producer says recent success of Diablo III launch and the Sims series indicate that PC sector is healthy.

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The PC gaming space is alive and well, EA Maxis lead producer Kip Katsarelis told GamesIndustry International in a new interview.

PC gaming is doing just fine, unlike this city, Katsarelis says.
PC gaming is doing just fine, unlike this city, Katsarelis says.

"We're still seeing the PC market is not dead; it's very much alive," Katsarelis said.

Katsarelis claimed that Activision Blizzard's strong launch of Diablo III in May and the continued prosperity of the Sims franchise are examples of the vitality of the PC gaming crowd.

"So there's a market there, we've got an audience there that wants games on that platform, and we are still a PC house and will continue to be so," he said.

EA Maxis is currently at work on 2013's city-building game SimCity, the newest entry in the long-running series. The game is being built on EA's new Glassbox game engine, which allows the studio to introduce curved roads to the franchise, among other features. The game will also be fully 3D, a first for the series.

For more on SimCity, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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