Will Wright and EA today announced that Wright, creator of SimCity, The Sims and Spore, will be leaving EA. He will focus on his Stupid Fun Club. Originally a group of hobbyists (Will and some of his friends), the Stupid Fun Club had fun with robots and toys, even being featured on NBC with a Candid Camera short about a sad robot. Now Wright will continue the club as a professional organization. The club will develop new intellectual properties for video games, movies, television, the Internet and toys.
Wright and EA have not completely left each other though: both parties own an equal percentage of the club. Ideas developed by the Stupid Fun Club can be developed into games by EA, which probably means we haven't seen the last of Will Wright in the games world yet. Lucy Bradshaw and her team at Maxis will continue to develop and expand Spore, while the Sims Division at EA will continue to create Sims games as they have done for the past couple of years - already without Wright. According to an MTV Article no game projects are currently in development by the Stupid Fun Club. Check out the Stupid Fun Club Website for more information about the "think tank".
Written at 21:07 on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 by ChEeTaH