Electronic Arts has been going through some serious tectonic shifts because of the issues that plagued SimCity since launch, where it has led to this moment: shutting the doors of Maxis, the developer who built the game.
EA has confirmed the news with Polygon, after reports surfaced from now-former employees of Maxis. Development on SimCity and The Sims will continue, but it'll happen in Redwood Shores, California; Salt Lake City; Helsinki; and Melbourne, Australia. The Maxis offices in Emeryville, California are being closed.
The company hasn't said how many employees will be let go, but longtime Maxis employee Guillaume Perre tweeted today that "it's time to turn off the lights and put the key under the door #RIPMaxisEmeryville".