Will please come back and get with EA and Maxis and make a REAL city building game. Make a REAL SC5!!!
Spore creator and notable game designer's new venture could have its first effort out before the end of 2010.
With Spore out the door, Will Wright parted ways with Electronic Arts and Maxis in April to devote time to his latest venture, Stupid Fun Club. Described as an "entertainment think tank," Stupid Fun Club specializes in creating cross-media ventures, spanning games, films, TV shows, Web sites, and toys, and is backed by Wright's former employer, Electronic Arts.
Speaking with VentureBeat this week, Wright revealed that there are currently three projects that the Stupid Fun Club is "aggressively pursuing," one of which may be ready for release within six to 12 months. Wright went on to note that he plans to keep the company to under 30 staff, working on no more than five projects at any given time. Currently, the company houses 12 employees, nearly all of which Wright worked with at Maxis, he said.
Wright didn't delve into any specifics when talking about the company's current projects. However, he did say, "Every product that we are working on has a Web component. The Web is like the connective tissue in entertainment today." Wright also said that he still considers Stupid Fun Club to be part of the game industry, despite its branching out into other media, because "a couple of projects" in development are games.
"We are taking the games industry into other areas," he said. "We are expanding what we call the 'play industry.' Games are limited in some ways. Play can be applied to so many different kinds of experiences."
I know that Spore may not have been what some people were looking for, but it was still a great endeavor. The scope it provided with its accessible creation tools are an amazing accomplishment. Not everything is going to work for everybody. I personally hate the SimEverything games. Never been a fan, but Spore hit it with me. Keep cranking stuff out Mr. Wright.
He and Peter Molyneux should win dual lifetime achievement awards for shameless hype. To paraphrase a certain sith lord, don't be too proud of these technological terrors you're creating, Will. The ability to throw teh internets into anything is insignificant compared to the power of compelling design. Sadly, it's something he's lost touch with in the past few years in my opinion.
I strongly disagree. "Innovation is nothing if the end-product is boring" is among the most ignorant things every written on these comment sections (and that is saying something). Many innovations have come in uninteresting and overall unremarkable packages. Innovation is merely a by-product of creativity in one specific area and can come in the form of projects that push the envelope in one area while showing disregard for others and resulting in underwhelming end-products.
Will Wright is great at making very ambitious, interesting-looking games that lose their luster after a couple weeks of playing. He beat the "Sim Universe" to death and then gave us Spore. Innovation is nothing when the end result is dull and boring. He has arguably done a lot for the gaming industry by pushing it in new directions, but often the games that built on his concepts were better than his own games.
Will is very ambitious and I don't mind that kind of energy. With EA and Maxis out of his affairs this sounds like a very promising endeavor. While I am not sure who is to blame for the failure of Spore, I do think it encouraged Wright to work on projects without as much oversight. That is always a good thing to me, regardless of how well those projects materialize.
Ive never been a big fan of His games... they all are a bit ... "Fisher Price" if you know what I mean... but if hes smart.. he will go into kids learning games... thats where I think he belongs
No I lost my Hope in Will wright after the Spore disaster. its probably gonna be some games teaching the ABC
I'd like to see this really succeed. I hope that Stupid Fun Club grows to his full 30 staff and starts really making some interesting products. The idea of this is really neat. I saw they mentioned films, hope that mean they will be hired to assassinate Uwe Boll.
I just want to who picked their name. "Stupid Fun Club"? Seriously? :D I can't get over the fact that they named it that.
@ Darth_Tyrranus Probably. It seems like he has moved onto micro projects, to throw ideas out into the world that may lead to other games.
master zidane, Will Wright's idea for Spore was a brilliant idea and had so much potential. Unfortunately, the game was also much more shallow than most people thought it would be. However, I do not think Will Wright can be blamed for all of this. Doesn't it seem strange that Will Wright left EA right after Spore came out? Could it possibly be because he wasn't happy with what had happened to his brainchild?
Stupid Fun Club. It has that nice sarcastic ring to it and a nice hidden meaning. I hope they do well.
@ 2point5RSman This guy never had 'it' to begin with.....maybe the early Sim games, but he definitely lost it with the Sims and Spore.
Guys, please, about EA limiting Wright. EA means business, and so does Wright. Check this article: http://investor.ea.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=376217 As hard to accept as it seems to be for many of you (IDK why), EA has supported many excellent games, and has been extremely important for the gaming industry, and still is.
I would like them to disconnect from EA. Then I think we would have some great games being developed. As long as EA has their hands in it I feel like it will be rushed or not live up to the hype.
I really would love to see what Will Wright does in "Stupid Fun Club". He did so well with Sim City and the Sims, I'm really intrested with what he can pull of at "SFC".
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