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EA or should I say, the Maxis branch of EA is on the lookout for a new Senior Designer for a new unannounced title, which may end up being some sort of new Free-to-Play MMO heavily influenced by Maxis previous work including “The Sims” series, Spore and SimCity.




According to the job listing posted on the EA career board, the applicant will oversee the creation of innovative new game systems, in what EA calls a “unique, emerging IP”. Specifically, the post mentions the Senior Designer will work on systems such as “gameplay progression, extensive multiplayer gameplay mechanics, in-game economies, technology trees, HD, PC, and mobile and tablet companion application integration, and essentially all other systems in the game.”

Going a bit further, the job requires the applicant to have “prior experience in deeply social multiplayer games such as MMOs” and must posses the “ability to weave Free-to-Play game mechanics with monetization in simple, natural, respectful ways (i.e. design monetization that players respect and feel adds a great deal of value for their money).”

In terms of design, Maxis is looking for someone who has an affinity towards creative and simulation games, listing the studio’s titles while also lumping in outside games, including Little Big Planet, Minecraft, Disney Affinity, just to name a few.

As MMOs take a long time to develop, we most likely won’t hear any definitive news on the project for at least several months if not longer. As The Sims 4 is scheduled for release this September, it’s unclear whether EA is looking to make the next entry in the franchise an MMO or simply using the studios talent for creating sim games to explore a brand new IP. Maxis has already created an MMO based on The Sims with the 2002 release of The Sims Online, but the MMO shut down in 2008.

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  1. Captain Chuhuahuuaa on July 26, 2014

    I wish they make it like : The Sims Online RELOADED
    😀 i want this so much

  2. Danger Ducklin on July 25, 2014

    EA please make the original sims online or sims online reloaded i really need you EA ;(

  3. Mystika on July 23, 2014

    Well, The Sims 2 (including all DLCs) is free right now on Origin…

  4. Senor Chang on July 23, 2014

    HA! GEUUUYYYYY!!

  5. Andrew on July 23, 2014

    All I can say is, they better be finally making The Sims Online 2.

  6. huha on July 23, 2014

    i still remember what EA did to Sims social, restaurant city, country story. so ty i dont want to play EA f2p game again

  7. Flevalt on July 23, 2014

    the job requires the applicant to have “prior experience in deeply social multiplayer games such as MMOs” and must posses the “ability to weave Free-to-Play game mechanics with monetization in simple, natural, respectful ways (i.e. design monetization that players respect and feel adds a great deal of value for their money).”

    Now where in the name of Jesus and everything that is holy would they find someone like that if they only accept people with experience? The only successful realization of “respectful” F2P is found at Riot and Valve.

    • Aqua10 on July 23, 2014

      There are F2P games with good monetization models made by other studios, I guess they’re looking to hire former (or current) employees of those.

      And I suppose it’s a good thing they’re looking for someone who can “weave Free-to-Play game mechanics with monetization in simple, natural, respectful ways” since they clearly have no idea how to do it themselves.

    • Fichi on July 23, 2014

      Riot nope don’t make me laugh. Still I don’t think that EA will be able to do something like this haha.

  8. Ragez on July 23, 2014

    Would be nice if EA would make a real Free to Play other than the bullshit mentioned above. Spore Online would be pretty amazing tho.

  9. f on July 23, 2014

    EA doesn’t make free to play games. They only sell you a small beta version of the real game. You only beta test and pay for a tiny piece of the real game. You will have to pay for everything! More maps, more items, more weapons, more builings and others. They will also come up with a premium which is more expensive than the game itself. EA and free to play must be pay to win or limited to the max.

    Oh and don’t forget once they collected the moeny they will relaunch it in the next year with new maps and a few changes and start to do the same thing again.

    • Annonymouse on July 23, 2014

      They did pretty good with FIFA world imo.

      BTW I hate EA, with a passion. But credit given where it’s due.

    • Monsterfurby on July 24, 2014

      Their current CEO is trying to turn them around though. Still, bad memories do remain…

  10. Dominik on July 23, 2014

    the fuck? This is gonna be so terrible
    MOUNTED

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