Maxis cuts confirmed by EA

Users playing with their creatures in Spore

Tough times appear to be hitting publishers as of late. Only a day after Activision confirmed a layoff of employees at Raven Software, Electronic Arts today confirmed that it will be reducing its workforce at Maxis, the studio behind Spore.

"Often in the videogame industry, the size of a studio fluctuates in response to business conditions," stated an EA rep. "In this case, EA has taken action to reduce the workforce at Maxis as we focus the business and focus Maxis. EA remains fully committed to Spore and other IP within Maxis, with games planned for launch in the next few months, including Spore Hero, coming to the Wii for the first time, and Spore Hero Arena on the DS."

Back in April, Maxis founder and game designer Will Wright left the company in order to form what Wright described as an "entertainment think tank," Stupid Fun Club.

Maxis’ next releases will be Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena, which are looking at an October 6 debut on the Wii and DS, respectively.



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Mike has been playing games for over two decades. His earliest memories are of shooting ducks and stomping goombas on NES, and over the years, the hobby became one of his biggest passions. Mike has worked with GamerNode as a writer and editor since 2009, giving you news, reviews, previews, a voice on the VS Node Podcast, and much more.

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