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Will Wright leaves Maxis

Will Wright leaves Maxis

Will Wright, the acclaimed designer behind Spore and most of the Sim games, has now left Maxis to start a new think-tank.

Will Wright, the lead designer behind the phenomenally successful Sims franchise, announced today that he has left EA Maxis to start a new project that isn't directly attached to game development.

The Spore designer will instead be heading up a new entertainment think-tank called Stupid Fun Club which, though it has the backing and support of Electronic Arts, does not seem to be directly linked to the publisher.

According to Wright the purpose of Stupid Fun Club will be to develop new ideas and IPs that can used across all forms of entertainment and interactive media. While one application is obviously the creation of new video games, the group will also look at movies, TV, books, comics, internet sites and physical toys.

"The entertainment industry is moving rapidly into an era of revolutionary change," Will said in an announcement. "Stupid Fun Club will explore new possibilities that are emerging from this sublime chaos and create new forms of entertainment on a variety of platforms. 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, who founded Maxis with Jeff Braun in 1989, will leave the studio in the hands of current VP and General Manager Lucy Bradshaw.

You can keep an eye on Stupid Fun Club at the official site, but there's very little information right now on what exactly the group is working on - send us your speculation in the forums and let us know what you think will become of Maxis now.

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azrael- 9th April 2009, 11:15 Quote
"Seeding his spores" elsewhere...?
Bindibadgi 9th April 2009, 12:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by azrael-
"Seeding his spores" elsewhere...?

Hahaha!

I just thought of "Wil Wright Wanders Wayward" but that's stretching things.

"Wil Wright Wanders to seed Spores elsewhere"?
AlexB 9th April 2009, 12:04 Quote
Did he walk, or was he pushed as spore was so bad? ;)
Deadwolf 9th April 2009, 12:20 Quote
hell of a name for a project!
UrbanMarine 9th April 2009, 12:49 Quote
He came up with a new idea and the evil EA empire told him to leave.
Bindibadgi 9th April 2009, 12:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by UrbanMarine
He came up with a new idea and the evil EA empire told him to leave.

So is that Wil Wright Wanders as Evil EA Empire...

:P
Flibblebot 9th April 2009, 12:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by AlexB
Did he walk, or was he pushed as spore was so bad? ;)
I'm hoping that he left out of shame ;)

Given the huge disappointment that was Spore, I don't think I'd trust anything to come out of his thinktank - apart from advice on how to massively overhype a game, then sit back and watch the dollarpounds roll in.
interzen 9th April 2009, 14:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by AlexB
Did he walk, or was he pushed as spore was so bad? ;)
I'm hoping that he left out of shame ;)

Given the huge disappointment that was Spore, I don't think I'd trust anything to come out of his thinktank - apart from advice on how to massively overhype a game, then sit back and watch the dollarpounds roll in.
Personally, I don't think that he's done a decent game since SimCity (or maybe I'm the only person who doesn't 'get' The Sims etc.) - I'd totally gone over to console gaming by the time Spore came out, but having played it on a friend's machine I was convinced that I'd made the right decision.

I don't think that Will Wright is a major hype-meister (surely that title belongs to Peter Molyneux) but if it's ever announced that Molyneux is going to work for Will Wright's 'think tank' then I can be fairly confident that Apocalypse won't be far off :-)
Faulk_Wulf 9th April 2009, 15:55 Quote
Nah he'll just teach the movie industry to break their movies into 12 "expansions", releasing one a month for a year. ;)

Though I had hoped it was related to Alice 3 development since they are going to be using the Sims 2 engine in the next iteration.
cheeriokilla 10th April 2009, 17:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Faulk_Wulf
Nah he'll just teach the movie industry to break their movies into 12 "expansions", releasing one a month for a year. ;)

Though I had hoped it was related to Alice 3 development since they are going to be using the Sims 2 engine in the next iteration.


you got to be shitting me... not a better engine?
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