SimCity creative director leaves EA

Ocean Quigley and pair of other lead Maxis developers leave Electronic Arts to establish new studio Jellygrade.

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SimCity creative director Ocean Quigley and a pair of other lead Maxis developers have left Electronic Arts to establish a new studio--Jellygrade--Quigley announced today on Twitter.

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"I'm done with EA. This is a small, independent studio," Quigley said.

Joining Quigley at Jellygrade are Andrew Willmott and Dan Moskowitz, who worked on SimCity as simulation architect and lead gameplay engineer, respectively. The trio have been with EA for years, serving in lead roles on SimCity 4, Spore, and The Sims 2.

"We love making simulations," Quigley said.

Jellygrade's new game is a simulation title for tablets that is focused on the dawn of life on Earth, and will center on lava, water, rock, and the emergence of the first primordial creatures, Quigley said.

A few pieces of concept art are available on the Jellygrade Tumblr. Quigley said he hopes to share more details about the project soon.

SimCity's launch in March was marred by server woes, though this trouble has not kept the game from selling 1.6 million copies since launch. The game is due out for the Mac in August.

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    b74kd3th

    Ocean quigley, what a name

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    LesserAngel

    @b74kd3th Quigley, from the sound an extremely overweight person's fat makes when said person jumps in the ocean... god I'm bored.

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    starcrafthenry

    The new game they're making sounds like a cross between Spore and From Dust. It sounds pretty sweet. I'll keep an eye out for it.

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    b74kd3th

    Its ios

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    q4141818

    @Pilgrim117 EA Have no respect for them.

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    bankai_456

    @Pilgrim117 no. not at all. ea is awesome.

    heh

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    bankai_456

    awesome.

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    Hiddai

    sad

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    Saketume

    Good for them.

    Looking forward to seeing what they can do on their own.

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    Super_Tramp

    You can buyout and change the developers creative direction but you can't buyout and change the employees creative direction, EA!!

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    malokevi

    Awimbawe, Awimbawe, Awimbawe, Awimbawe...

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    bankai_456

    @malokevi errrrrmmmmm???

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    Super_Tramp

    @malokevi

    kuwabara kuwabara

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    bankai_456

    @Super_Tramp @malokevi he is dead.

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    bunchanumbers

    Everyone is leaving EA.

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