The Sims Studio

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The Sims Studio
Type Division of Electronic Arts
Industry Computer and video games
Interactive entertainment
Predecessors Maxis
Successors EA Maxis (integrated into)
Founded 2006
Headquarters Redwood City, California, U.S.
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Products The Sims series (2006–present)
Owners Electronic Arts
Parent EA Maxis
Website thesims.com

The Sims Studio is a division of Electronic Arts, part of the EA Maxis subsidiary and brand.[1] Its primary location is situated at the Electronic Arts’ Redwood City campus.[2] The campus also contains other EA studios such as Visceral Games. In addition to the Redwood City site, the team has also consisted of individuals from EA Black Box within EA Canada. Also, there's a secondary studio, located at Salt Lake City. Upon inception, The Sims Studio took over production and expansion of the popular game franchise The Sims from Maxis,[3] before eventually teaming with Maxis again to produce the franchise, soon reintegrating with Maxis entirely under the EA Maxis subsidiary and brand, in time for production of The Sims 3: University Life, and later The Sims 4.

History[edit]

After many years of successful titles in The Sims franchise, in 2006 Electronic Arts transferred all development responsibilities from the original developer, Maxis, to their newly created division initially named The Sims Division, later changed to the current name. Rod Humble was selected to lead this new team as the studio head. Maxis refocused their attention on their next project: Spore.[4] Scott Evans is the current General Manager of the Studio, and Lucy Bradshaw is the General Manager of EA Maxis.

Particularly, Will Wright and Maxis were not involved in the development of the latest title in the series, The Sims 3, although many developers of former Maxis products remained involved in its production. This third generation of the main series was developed entirely by The Sims Studio. In 2012, EA announced an organizational restructuring that features Maxis as one of their four primary labels, effectively replacing the former EA Play label. As part of this initiative, The Sims Studio became a part of the EA Maxis label (Redwood Shores studios). Thus, the Maxis branding is now once again present on releases starting with The Sims 3: University Life, developed by the Salt Lake City studios, and SimCity, developed by the Emeryville studios.

The Sims Studio, now integrated back into the EA Maxis subsidiary of EA, and is currently developing The Sims 4.

Games developed[edit]

Below is a list of games that The Sims Studio has developed. Items with an asterisk (*) indicate that they are known to be currently working on that project.

Game Release Date Platform(s)
The Sims 3 2009-06-02 Windows, Mac OS X, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Nintendo 3DS
The Sims 3: World Adventures 2009-11-18 Windows, Mac OS X
The Sims 3: High-End Loft Stuff 2010-02-02 Windows, Mac OS X
The Sims 3: Ambitions 2010-06-01 Windows, Mac OS X
The Sims 3: Fast Lane Stuff 2010-09-07 Windows, Mac OS X
The Sims 3: Late Night 2010-10-26 Windows, Mac OS X
The Sims 3: Outdoor Living Stuff 2011-02-01 Windows, Mac OS X
The Sims 3: Generations 2011-05-31 Windows, Mac OS X
The Sims 3: Town Life Stuff 2011-07-26 Windows, Mac OS X
The Sims 3: Pets 2011-10-18 Windows, Mac OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS
The Sims 3: Master Suite Stuff 2012-01-24 Windows, Mac OS X
The Sims 3: Showtime 2012-03-06 Windows, Mac OS X
The Sims 3: Katy Perry's Sweet Treats 2012-06-05 Windows, Mac OS X
The Sims 3: Diesel Stuff 2012-07-09 Windows, Mac OS X
The Sims 3: Supernatural 2012-09-04 Windows, Mac OS X
The Sims 3: Seasons 2012-11-13 Windows, Mac OS X
The Sims 3: 70s, 80s, & 90s Stuff 2013-01-22 Windows, Mac OS X
The Sims 3: University Life 2013-03-05 Windows, Mac OS X
The Sims 3: Island Paradise 2013-06-25 Windows, Mac OS X
The Sims 3: Movie Stuff 2013-09-10 Windows, Mac OS X
The Sims 3: Into the Future 2013-10-22 Windows, Mac OS X
The Sims 4 2014-09-02 Windows, Mac OS X

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EA Company Labels". Electronic Arts. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  2. ^ "Behind the scenes: The Sims studio". GamesRadar. 2010-05-04. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  3. ^ "EA Teams Maxis". Electronic Arts. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  4. ^ "IGN: The Sims Studio". IGN. Retrieved 2012-08-05.