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EA shutters SimCity’s dev studio Maxis Emeryville

EA shutters SimCity’s dev studio Maxis Emeryville

Electronic Arts has closed down the development studio behind SimCity, Maxis Emeryville, according to a statement from the company. It's a sudden announcement, but one that doesn't end on a negative note for those who enjoy The Sims (it does, however, end poorly for all the workers who have been affected). Says EA, the workers hit by this closure will be given the chance to "explore" positions elsewhere within the company, and that no plans regarding future Sims efforts have changed.

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EA Games Star Wars titles to follow Batman “Arkham” model

EA Games Star Wars titles to follow Batman “Arkham” model

We may be living in an age when LucasArts is dead, but EA Games are not about to let the Star Wars gaming universe fall to the wayside. This week it’s been stated by Andrew Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of Electronic Arts (EA), that they’d be pushing forth with a new model for the Star Wars gaming universe. Much as Batman’s gaming presence was made a formidable force with the "Arkham" series of games, so too will Star Wars be reborn in EA’s first title.

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PS4 game range set to surge with ex-LucasArts talent hire

PS4 game range set to surge with ex-LucasArts talent hire

If there's one thing LucasArts was good at, it was getting to know 3rd-party game creators - that's essentially the base for their entire industry, after all. When you run a gaming company that's creating games that are (mostly) based in the Star Wars universe, you've got to work with a collection of developers - at least that's how it used to be, before Disney shut down LucasArts. Now the Third Party Relations team is happy to bring former LucasArts producer Gio Corsi aboard here several months after the closing of LucasArts in early 2013.

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Plants vs Zombies 2 closing in on 25 million downloads

Plants vs Zombies 2 closing in on 25 million downloads

PopCap Games released the long-awaited sequel to Plants vs. Zombies back in mid-August. The game arrived as the appropriately titled Plants vs. Zombies 2 and it looks like it has received a rather warm welcome. In fact, the folks at PopCap have recently shared some numbers and it looks like Plants vs. Zombies 2 has already topped the original in terms of downloads. And this comes with just iOS downloads as the game has yet to be released for Android.

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