According to The Sims fan site SimsVIP, EA is cleaning house on Maxis staff, laying off multiple people from the Sims 4 team and transferring others to development of The Sims Mobile [Free]. SimsVIP's sources speculate that EA is shifting more towards mobile development, as games like The Sims Mobile are basically money printing machines versus selling single boxed copies of The Sims on PC- A line of reasoning, that sadly, makes a ton of sense.

From a business perspective, these mobile games that are run as services constantly are generating revenue. Per Sensor Tower data, The Sims Mobile made $2m in March of 2018 alone, and that's after a significant slump in the charts following its launch. With the right people driving the love ops of that game, there's not much reason to think that it won't make around $2m (or more) a month for years.

While I totally see why fans of the "real" Sims games would be bummed out by this apparent shift in focus by EA, to look at it from a glass half full perspective, maybe this means The Sims Mobile will end up being even more true to a "real" Sims experience with more people from the Sims 4 team being shifted over to it?

[via SimsVIP]

  • hellscaretaker

    If you believe what simsVIP says then you will believe anything....

    • Eli Hodapp

      Well, sourcing people switching around their jobs and titles at LinkedIn is as good of a source as anything isn't it?

      • hellscaretaker

        better then using sims vip for sourcing information

      • Eli Hodapp

        That's literally what they're doing here.

  • David Gridley

    Shame to see things shifting to mobile. I can't be the only one that never plays mobile games - small screen, underpowered, fewer options for play. It's not just Sims either..

  • Beth

    What a stupid article. No simmer is likely to take comfort from the idea that EA might try to make a failing mobile game better somehow. The Sims Mobile is objectively a terrible game, with awful reviews, and is already out of the top 100 after less than a month. There's no way it can continue to make $2 M a month. EA is doing what it always does: running a good game into the ground.

  • Adrian Werner

    Well, maybe it will be opportunity for some PC dev to make a new series that will take Sims place?. Just like EA screwing up SimCity has led to enourmous success of Cities: Skylines.

  • Adriano Brüning

    And that's how a great franchise dies.

    Damn, I don't understand how people waste so much money on InApp purchases of terrible mobile games.
    something is very wrong nowadays.