SimCity leads leave Maxis to form new studio

SimCity had a turbulent start to say the least and today SimCity creative director Ocean Quigley announced on Twiter he was leaving Maxis to form a new studio called Jellygrade. Leaving Maxis with Ocean is SimCity lead architect Andrew Wilmott and lead gameplay engineer Dan Moskowitz.

Quigley posted: “after SimCity 3k, SimCity 4, the Sims, the Sims2, Spore & the new SimCity, it was time for something new.”

The new game will be using their own custom engine created by Andrew Wilmott which is an engine for ” doing physical simulation of elements and objects”.

So what is the new game? Quigley added:

“We’re making a simulation about the dawn of life on earth; about lava, water, rock and the emergence of the first primordial creatures”.

The game will be released on tablets initially but the team say they will be moving towards developing for PC. Initial concept drawings were also posted on Tumblr as a tease of what’s to come.

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