Activision Passed on The Sims
This is new to me and pretty interesting, Activision had the chance to be involved with the creation of The Sims serious but rejected the offer. I don’t know how the game would have turned out if they had accepted, maybe better support, maybe stupid expansion packs that nobody wants. We’ll never know. Thanks to SimPrograms for spotting out the story.
We all know the end of the story. Activision today is one of the biggest and most successful publishers in the world and owns the rights to some of the most popular gaming franchises, including 2009’s blockbuster Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
But Kotick said that his high-level management style has proven costly on occasion. For instance, when Activision had the chance to buy Maxis, the developer of SimCity 2000. He visited their offices and spent an entire day looking at SimCity 2000, which was said to be buggy and unpolished. He thought the only reason to buy the company would be for the game and the franchise so he didn’t even bother to look at another title codenamed Jefferson in one of the back offices. It was being worked on by Will Wright and it turned into The Sims.