Maxis Studios is looking to expand beyond The Sims. In a new posting seeking a creative director, the studio says it is looking to develop a new IP that seems like it could be breaching new ground for the developer.
Posted to the EA Careers page, Maxis and Electronic Arts are looking for a creative director to "lead, foster and mentor an experienced team of developers working on a new IP." The listing specifically cites both PC and mobile titles, as well as live services, and is looking for a candidate who "possesses a deep understanding of the new trends driving player expectations and engagement."
The Sims has been a constant earner for Electronic Arts throughout its lifespan, with The Sims 4 passing $1 billion in lifetime revenue earlier this year. It's had a steady drip of content expansions, fueling a fervent and sometimes odd community that enjoys the life-management game's quirks and oddities.
But for a studio like Maxis, which previously worked on other sim games like SimCity and Spore prior to its Emeryville office's closure in 2015, its main focus has been on Sims content over the past few years. This could hopefully be a sign of more sim games to come, spurred on by the popularity of other simulation games like Two Point Hospital.
But with live services, player engagement, and various platforms listed as desirables, it could be anyone's guess. We'll see what Electronic Arts and Maxis have in store once the project gets its feet on the ground.