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Will Wright has finally left EA to focus on his own company, after thinking about the move for more than a year

Electronic Arts confirmed Will Wright, the man behind The Sims and Spore, is leaving EA to work at an entertainment studio he originally created in 2001.

Wright will be working full-time at Stupid Fun Club, a company designed to focus on new projects that could later be turned into video games, movies, toys, and other entertainment ventures -- EA also is serving as a sponsor of the company.

In 2001, the company was focused on robots, and drew a large amount of media attention because of Wright's involvement.

"The entertainment industry is moving rapidly into an era of revolutionary change.  Stupid Fan Club will explore new possibilities that are emerging from this sublime chaos and create new forms of entertainment on a variety of platforms," Wright said in a statement.  "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.”

Wright began talking about leaving EA for Stupid Fun Club -- located in Berkeley, California -- last year, and will lead a team of nine employees.  Sim City -- and all of its expansion games -- has sold more than 100 million copies since the game's original launch in 1989.

Considering Wright's involvement has led to some of EA's biggest game titles, it should be interesting to see if this hurts the company's future projects.  The company is currently reorganizing after announcing it will lay off around 1,100 employees and will publish a smaller number of video games.



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RE: EA games even LESS desirable now
By Yawgm0th on 4/9/2009 10:00:19 AM , Rating: 4
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The only gaming studio that EA bought and they didn't destroy their gaming series was Maxis.

Tell that to those of us who are SimCity fans.


RE: EA games even LESS desirable now
By fatedtodie on 4/9/2009 10:27:25 AM , Rating: 3
How did EA destroy SimCity?

Also I think the biggest bit of destruction from Maxis being eaten was that game ATrain, it was very involved and I would love to see an updated version of that.


RE: EA games even LESS desirable now
By omnicronx on 4/9/2009 10:39:06 AM , Rating: 3
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How did EA destroy SimCity?
Sim City and Sim City 2000 were two of the best games ever, simply put Sim City 3(The first EA Sim City release) and the subsequent release were terrible compared to the first two. I even bought the game, played it for a few hours, and went right back to SC2000 never to touch Sim City 3 again.


RE: EA games even LESS desirable now
By gmyx on 4/9/2009 10:53:21 AM , Rating: 2
I disagree with that. SC3 and then SC4 has a lot of micromanagement but are good games. Better than SC2 in many ways. I think they killed it with Societies however.

My beef is that they took a long time to even create a new version and is not very appealing. City Life and soon CitiesXL is far better than SC ever was. I know some people don't like the managing of classes but I though it was well done because it is something that cities need to manager.


By gmljosea on 4/9/2009 3:04:08 PM , Rating: 2
You obviously haven't played Simcity 4. With all the mods and custom content the community has created, you would easily say it's the best Simcity to date.


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