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Maxis is expanding its Studio to EA Austin to develop a new IP


Maxis is officially expanding!

EA Careers page has updated their Maxis Careers Page with new job positions. Among the new job opportunities to work on The Sims 4, they’ve also listed two job openings for people to apply and work in their brand new studio in Austin, Texas!

EA has its own headquarters in Austin where they’ve developed multiple titles such as Anthem, Star Wars, EA Sports games and more.

This is the first mention of Maxis having a studio in Austin, but that’s not all.

The job opportunities listed for Maxis Austin state that a whole new IP (intellectual property) is starting with development! This means that a brand new video game franchise is now in the works.

Check out what’s been mentioned in the EA Careers page:

Creative Director

Maxis is seeking an experienced Creative Director to drive the creative vision of future products developed in our Austin studio.  You will lead, foster and mentor an experienced team of developers working on a new IP, crafting the vision and leading the execution of a compelling, innovative and immersive experience. Your strong mix of creative and leadership experience in PC products, mobile titles and live service allows you to inspire the team, provide and communicate vision, drive innovation and create incredible experiences for our players.  You should possess a deep understanding of the new trends driving player expectations and engagement.

Sr. Character Technical Artist

Maxis is looking for a talented Character Technical Artist / Technical Animator. We are gearing up for our next big production and we need some passionate teammates to collaborate with to bring our new characters to life. If you are passionate about characters, rigging, & animation pipelines, bringing the latest trends in technology to bear against your craft, and collaborating with others to develop best in class character experiences for new IPs … come join our team.

Currently we have no information which new title they are working on, but considering that the nature of Maxis has always been to deliver simulation games (The Sims, SimCity, Spore) it feels like this new IP will be no exception.

The opening of Maxis Austin will have no effect over the Maxis headquarters in Redwood City. Maxis Redwood is currently commited to The Sims 4 and after the recent discovery we’ve made a few months ago, The Sims 5.

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