Three crucial SimCity developers, including creative director Ocean Quigley, have departed from Maxis to found Jellygrade Studios; a new simulation-centric outfit targeting tablet games.
Quigley, along with lead architect Andrew Willmott and lead gameplay engineer Dan Moskowitz, announced their departure on Twitter.
“We were lead developers on SimCity, SimCity 4, Spore and The Sims2. We love making simulations,” Quigley stated. “We’re making a simulation about the dawn of life on earth; about lava, water, rock and the emergence of the first primordial creatures.
“We’re starting off on the iPad with a fundamentally new simulation engine. I can’t wait to start showing it off. We’re building the new simulation engine now.”
Jellygrade have launched a Tumblr blog to showcase some in-progress screenshots.