Maxis Comments on SimsVille Cancellation
9:45 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story
For those who still aren't clear on why Maxis decided to cancel their upcoming title SimsVille, GameSpot snagged a short interview with Patrick Buechner (Maxis' Director of Marketing) asking for clarification on the issue. Buechner cites several factors, though the main one seems to be that SimsVille simply did not live up to Maxis' high standards:
For the past three years, we've had an extremely high standard for our games, and our customers have come to expect a certain consistent quality of gameplay from us. And while SimsVille had certain fun elements to it, the game had other parts that simply weren't as fun. For me, specifically, the first 10 minutes of building up my town was always enjoyable, but once I got past that part, the game became less compelling. Similar issues also influenced our decision.He also notes that the decision to axe the title did not come from publisher Electronic Arts, but rather from within Maxis, and included members on the SimsVille design team.
Another reason for its cancellation seems to center around the impending release of The Sims: Hot Date. The main reason SimsVille came into existence in the first place was due to player feedback asking for a way to see their Sims interact outside their houses. Hot Date allows players to see that kind of behavior, and Buechner adds that it's also more fun in Hot Date than in SimsVille, in his opinion.
GameSpot - Maxis on SimsVille Cancellation
For more on SimsVille's cancellation, including whether or not it will ever see release (or if it's technology will be used in future Maxis titles) be sure to check out the whole interview.
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