Sims creator Will Wright leaves EA
Prefers Stupid Fun Club
Will Wright, one of the most renowned game designers in the world, is leaving Electronic Arts and Maxis to focus on Stupid Fun Club, an "entertainment think tank" he founded in 2001.
Wright has been at Electronic Arts for 12 years and created some of the company's most profitable titles, including The Sims and Spore.
EA announced Wright's departure today, saying it has invested in Stupid Fun Club to become an equal partner in the venture with Wright.
Berkeley-based Stupid Fun Club was originally formed as a robotics workshop, but is now described as "developing new Intellectual Properties to be deployed across multiple fronts including video games, movies, television, the internet, and toys."
EA said it holds first rights to develop game concepts that come from Stupid Fun Club projects.
"The entertainment industry is moving rapidly into an era of revolutionary change," Wright said in a statement. "Stupid Fun Club will explore new possibilities that are emerging from this sublime chaos and create new forms of entertainment of a variety of platforms."
Wright's departure is likely a bid for creative autonomy and removal of EA oversight for the notoriously innovative game designer, although no specific reason for his leaving was given.
Lucy Bradshow, veep and general manager of EA-owned Maxis will continue to helm the operation and the Spore franchise. Rod Humble, head of EA's Play label and his team will launch The Sims 3 in June of this year. ®
To EA Haters
You didn't read it properly, EA have the first rights to make games coming from the think tank.
More expansions for Sim City 4 would be excellent. But no, better to make copies and reinvent the wheel.
*shakes fist at EA*
Spore could have been so good, but thanks to EA it's... well I'm not sure. Confused, mostly.
Likely EA retain the rights to "Sim-x" which is a shame, and we will likely never see a sequel to Spore as I cannot imagine EA letting the rights to that go.
Bloody shame, and to quote the Bard "All are punished"
I hope he gets to work on a new SimCity
after the utter disappointment that was simcity societies!
I hope this means that EA can concentrate on Sim City Carbon 09 / 10 / 11....
Hopefully he still has the rights to make Sim City. Damn that game took all my free time going up, so much fun.....