It was leaked all over the internet last week, but tonight at the Game Developers Conference, Electronic Arts confirmed that it’s bringing back SimCity. The game — simply being called SimCity — is being developed by Maxis.
“SimCity for PC will equip players with the tools to play the most sophisticated simulation of its kind,” said Lucy Bradshaw of Maxis in a statement. “We are dedicated to making sure the experience — no matter the platform — has the fun, flavor and playability that has been intrinsic to the franchise since its birth.”
Maxis has crafted a host of popular content on the PC, including The Sims and Spore. Now, the developer returns to do the same with Darkspore, an “unexpected” title inspired by their Spore series. Darkspore is a title that’s more action-based title then Spore, which was very tactical.
“Darkspore is inspired in part by the award-winning creature editor tech of Spore, but also in large part from the team’s own passion for gaming and prior experience,” said Lucy Bradshaw, General Manager of Maxis Studio. “The team has combined these inspirations to produce a unique take on the action RPG genre.”
Darkspore is said to feature avast four-player co-operative mode and single-player campaign, as well as intense multiplayer battles. In the game, players will need to collect an arsenal of living weapons – genetic heroes with different combat abilities – and upgrade them with tens of thousands of collectible body parts and armor. EA is scheduled to launch Darkspore in early 2011.
Yet another bits the dust at EA. In reports today, it was revealed that Will Wright, the creator of Spore, has left Electronic Arts to pursue new projects at Stupid Fun Club, a side project Wright actually started in 2001.
Stupid Fun Club is now evolved in a full fledged entertainment ‘think tank’ focused on developing new IP to deploy across not just video games, but also movies, television, the Internet and even toys. However, EA also invested in Stupid Fun Club and it owns an equal share of the company. The publisher will also have first refusal rights on all video game projects.
“The entertainment industry is moving rapidly into an era of revolutionary change,” said Will Wright. “Stupid Fun Club will explore new possibilities that are emerging from this sublime chaos and create new forms of entertainment on a variety of platforms. In my twelve years at EA, I’ve had the pleasure to work alongside some of the brightest and most talented game developers in the industry and I look forward to working with them again in the near future.”