Maxis Software is an American company that was founded as a video game developer in 1987 and bought out by Electronic Arts (EA), then finally shutdown by EA in March 2013 (giving no reasons why). Maxis' second software title was the seminal SimCity, a city simulation and planning game. Maxis is also the creator of the best-selling computer game of all time, The Sims and its sequel The Sims 2. These three titles and Spore, are the brand's most popular and successful lines.

The lead dev behind Maxis, tells the of the experience of 'working' with EA.


Darkspore Darkspore

Updated 3 years ago Released Apr 26, 2011 Single & Multiplayer Role Playing

After unstable Exponential DNA escaped the lab, it mutated into hordes of creatures known as the Darkspore. Now you have awoken from hypersleep and must...


SimCity SimCity

Updated 1 year ago Released Oct 3, 1989 Single & Multiplayer Realistic Sim

Simple yet complex, SimCity ranks among the most addictive games ever created. Watching your metropolis come to life after giving your peeps places to...


SimCity SimCity

Updated 1 year ago Released Mar 5, 2013 Single & Multiplayer Realistic Sim

This is a new SimCity that delivers unprecedented depth of simulation. The model-like world and detail of the simulation make this the most responsive...

SimCity 2000

SimCity 2000 SimCity 2000

Updated 1 year ago Released Feb 28, 1995 Single Player Realistic Sim

Now you can design any city you can imagine and SimCity 2000 will bring it, and its resident Sims, to life. It has all the features, flexibility, art...

SimCity 3000

SimCity 3000 SimCity 3000

Updated 1 year ago Released Jan 30, 1999 Single Player Realistic Sim

SimCity 3000 is a city building simulation personal computer game released in 1999, and the third major installment in the SimCity series. It was published...

SimCity 4

SimCity 4 SimCity 4

Updated 11 months ago Released Jan 13, 2003 Single Player Realistic Sim

In SimCity 4, you don't just build your city, you breathe life into it. With god-like powers, you sculpt mountains, gouge riverbeds, and seed forests...

SimCity 4: Rush Hour

SimCity 4: Rush Hour SimCity 4: Rush Hour

Updated 1 year ago Released Sep 22, 2003 Single Player Realistic Sim

You don't just build your city; you breathe life into it. Sculpt mountains, dig riverbeds, and seed forests as you lay the groundwork for your creation...

SimTower: The Vertical Empire

SimTower: The Vertical Empire SimTower: The Vertical Empire

Updated 2 years ago Released Nov 1, 1994 Single Player Realistic Sim

Build and manage the operations of a modern, multi-use skyscraper. You must plan where to place facilities in the tower that include restaurants, condominiums...


Spore Spore

Updated 2 years ago Released Sep 4, 2008 Single Player Futuristic Sim

From Single Cell to Galactic God, evolve your creature in a universe of your own creations.

Streets of SimCity

Streets of SimCity Streets of SimCity

Updated 5 years ago Released Nov 20, 1997 Single & Multiplayer Car Combat

Vehicular combat simulator allowing the player to drive through SimCity 2000 maps.

Post comment Comments
TheUnbeholden Apr 22 2014, 3:49am says:

EA forced them to make DarkSpore.. thats a real shame.

+1 vote     reply to comment
TheUnbeholden Mar 14 2015, 12:54am replied:

They closed it down due to SimCity, 'always online' functionality was forced into it due to internal policy,
" EA's greenlight gating process – and the marketing resources engaged to promote it – mean that it's very difficult for the studio to make structural changes to the game once the features have already been announced", Meaning to fight release dates, or feature changes is extremely difficult, as is any demands EA makes of the developer. Its always like this, things seem fine in the first year or so, and then EA does what it does.

For Mythic Entertainment, it was forced to make Dungeon Keeper mobile and stand by the EA decisions for it. Before that it was Danger Close Ganes AKA Dreamworks Interactive LLC, where EA to satisfy its lust for CoD the dev got saddled with 2 Medal of Honour remakes and as usual it was strained to force them out the door.

Then back in history we have Bullfrog, Pandemic, Phenomic, Black Box Games, Playfish, NuFX, Westwood & Origin. All bought and subsequently shutdown when they followed EA's strict rules. With many failed attempts at EA to buyout various other companies, lets hope companies resist to the very end.

Bioware has managed to work under EA, and Visceral also at the moment. But I would encourage Visceral to get out as soon as possible. Dead Space 3 was almost ruined by the DLC and microtransaction that split the game into pieces, and Battlefield: Hardline is not being received to well at the moment.

+1 vote     reply to comment
Guest Mar 16 2014, 12:21pm says:

This comment is currently awaiting admin approval, join now to view.

freredarme Jun 13 2008, 2:49pm says:

Maxis for Sims :D!!
Sim city and Sims :p

+2 votes     reply to comment
█Black/Brunez█ Jan 22 2009, 12:16pm replied:

And Spore...

+3 votes     reply to comment
jacek2144 Nov 25 2010, 11:51am replied:

And DarkSpore :D

0 votes     reply to comment
Post a Comment
click to sign in

You are not logged in, your comment will be anonymous unless you join the community today (totally free - or sign in with your social account on the right) which we encourage all contributors to do.

2000 characters limit; HTML formatting and smileys are not supported - text only

Jun 11, 2008
Invitation only
Send Message
Members Only
Join this group
Group Watch
Track this company
Company Offices

United States

Emeryville, California

Latest tweets from @simcity

@dmitzl Thats a lot of time invested, mayor. Have you created your personal utopia already?

Jan 10 2015, 11:42am

@AlifHaikal7 We recommend cleaning up the resulting pollution with trees and a lot of patience, mayor.

Jan 10 2015, 11:02am

@taiht It's currently not possible to switch back to multiplayer, mayor.

Dec 5 2014, 5:09am

Mayors! There's a new update for SimCity today. Go here for more information:

Dec 4 2014, 5:43pm

@helloits_tori What are you planning on creating, mayor?

Nov 29 2014, 7:05am

@hazzamazz789 Looks very promising, keep up the good work and your town will surely flourish.

Nov 22 2014, 10:15am

@hazzamazz789 Whats are you planning on building, mayor?

Nov 22 2014, 9:43am

@commacaziep Please contact an Advisor at our Help Center for assistance with this issue:

Sep 17 2014, 9:04pm

@santiqr Hello, for technical issues, please contact our support team here by following t...

Sep 13 2014, 5:12pm

Embed Buttons

Promote Maxis on your homepage or blog by selecting a button and using the embed code provided (more).

8 members