Grant Rodeik, senior producer on The Sims, has just launched a new Maxis Podcast and is asking for feedback from The Sims community. The first episode has just been released and in the inaugural episode, he talks to Sims 4 Game Manager Lindsay Pearson about The Sims 2 and the mysterious disappearance of Bella Goth.
The Maxis podcast, titled Sul Sul, is part of a wider EA podcast project. Other episodes in the series include an Apex Legends special, some EA Sports content, and even a Game Of Thrones edition with some of EA’s community managers.
It appears that Rodeik, known to the community as SimGuruGrant, is spearheading Maxis' contribution to the project. He first drew our attention to it on Twitter, when he posted a link and invited the community to listen and provide feedback.
We have plans for the podcast, but we need your support. If you are interested in this, please give it a listen, leave a comment, all that good stuff. https://t.co/Ozr4m2FDUb— Grant Rodiek (@SimGuruGrant) April 25, 2019
The first episode is 17 minutes in length and begins with an introduction to Pearson’s job and an overview of her history with The Sims franchise. This gives way to a discussion about storytelling in The Sims 2. If you’ve ever wondered what happened to Bella Goth in The Sims 2, then this podcast is for you. SimGuruLindsay, as she’s known in the community, tells us exactly why Bella vanished and where she went.
There are also a few other behind the scenes secrets to uncover, with discussions based around the storytelling process of The Sims 2 and the lengths the team went to in order to produce the town you are given when you start a new game.
After the interview, SimGuruGrant also answers a question asked by many in the community: how does the team decide what themes to cover in upcoming content?
Taking to Twitter after gaining some feedback, Rodeik tells us that the aim of the podcast is to create timeless episodes that will remain relevant whenever you listen to them. The team wants to give an insight into some of the video game making process, which players are usually unaware of. He is also quick to let listeners know that the podcast is a behind the scenes glimpse, but will not feature announcements, speculation, or news of upcoming content.
So far, there is no news about if and when we can expect a second episode.