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Established: 1987

Founded in 1987 by Will Wright and investor Jeff Braun, Maxis hit the ground running with its first title, SimCity, and with that game set a new standard for the "God game" genre. In 1997 it was acquired by Electronic Arts, becoming a wholly owned subsidiary. In 2000 the Maxis brand rekindled its early success, and again reset the "God game" standard with the record breaking The Sims - a series that has spawned numerous sequels, variations and add-ons.

Software Highlights from Credited Titles

Maxis's first work that SPOnG is aware of is the 1987 title, "Sim City" (PC).

The company has been involved titles released on the PS4, Xbox One, PC, Wii, DS/DSi, PS2, Power Mac, PSP, Xbox, GameCube, GBA, PlayStation, Amiga, Mac, C64, Spectrum 48K and Amstrad CPC. Of these, "The Sims 2" (PC), "Sim City 3000" (PC), "The Sims" (PC), "The Sims Unleashed" (PC), "The Sims 2: Open For Business" (PC) has been a best selling title.

The company's most recent involvement was on the 2019 release "The Sims 4: Island Living" (Mac).

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19 Jun 2008

Spore Gets Tribal News

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Maxis Co-Founder Confirms Oddworld Return News

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23 May 2008

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21 May 2008

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09 Mar 2007

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10 Aug 2006

Will Wrights talks to Brian Eno News

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29 Jun 2006

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02 Jun 2006

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13 Jan 2004

The Sims are Bustin' Out! News

The God of God games drops another.

12 May 2003

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06 May 2003

E3 award nominations revealed News

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07 Jun 2002

Fifth Annual Interactive Achievement Awards Nominees Revealed News

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