The developer behind SimCity and Spore is being shut down and their work will be redistributed to the remaining branches of Maxis. "Everyone's out of a job."
Emmeryville's most recent projects, Spore and SimCity (2013), both received a lukewarm reception from the public, with SimCity coming under fire for having an insufficient infrastructure to support its players on launch.
Since its acquisition by EA in 1997, Maxis continued to operate out of their Walnut Creek offices until it was closed down in 2004 and development was split between the Redwood City and Emeryville locations, with the development of The Sims transferring to The Sims Studio.
It is always sad to see a studio close, our best wishes and prayers go out to those who have lost their jobs in this closure.