Maxis developers leave EA to form indie simulation studio

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The lead developers of SimCity, SimCity 4, Spore and The Sims 2 have run away screaming from EA in order to form their own studio – Jellygrade.  Their first game will be on iPad and will be about the dawn of life.

This three-man development studio has already gotten to work building their game.  Here are some concept images.

As explained via twitter

We’re making a simulation about the dawn of life on earth; about lava, water, rock and the emergence of the first primordial creatures.

Obviously, their game is not about the correct use of a semicolon.  It could be interesting to see what Ocean Quigley, Dan Moskowitz and Andrew Willmott pull together.  I’m more interested in the trend of AAA game developers moving toward indie game design while the successful indie developers are getting picked up by mainstream development houses and publishers.  

Last Updated: July 18, 2013