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Trion Worlds confirm layoffs today

Wednesday, 12th December 2012 06:27 GMT By Naren Hooson

The development team for Trion World, presumably working on Rift, has been reduced by up to a third with layoffs on Tuesday.

Gamasutra report that around 40 developers spanning several disciplines, including artists and designers have been let go and speculates they were part of the Rift team.

Trion Worlds have commented, “As a response to market conditions, product timelines and the natural evolution of our company, we have made some organizational changes, which include a workforce reduction. This was a difficult decision and we wish the best for those affected by these changes. At Trion, we remain focused on delivering top quality online game experiences, and are committed to supporting Rift and launching our highly anticipated new titles Defiance, Warface, and End of Nations in 2013.”

The news follows last week’s layoffs at Petroglyph, who worked on MMORTS End of Nations for Trion Worlds. With End of Nations approaching launch, the decision was made to bring the game development in house, reports GamesIndustry.

Rift players are being given a chance to play the Storm Legion expansion and Endless Eclipse update for free this weekend.

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5 Comments

  1. GrimRita

    Sad news indeed. Rift is a superb, albeit a WoW clone of an MMO. Although imo, they can justify the £8.99 a month price since its back up with excellent service and lots to do they really need to look at their pricing if they are to remain competitive.

    However, I am pissed at Trion for whats happened to End of Nations in an attempt to make the game about as casual as The Sims.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Puggy

    While Rift is nice, I have noticed a certain hostility arising from the community, especially with Stormlegion being bringing in new people. You often hear “you don’t like it? Quit” or “Go back to Pandaland!” in most chats.
    Looks like people took the advice of the community and well, stopped/left the game for something else.

    Hehe, a bit like SWTOR. Maybe people should stop telling new (paying) costumers to not play their games?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. GrimRita

    Yeah it does amaze me at the abuse given. You’d think that new players would be welcomed with open arms, after all, they will help keep the game going.

    But I have seen a recent influx of stupid people in MMOs and by that, I mean totally and utterly, cant think for themselves stupid who probably own a Wii and think that they are ready to step into the world of ‘real’ gaming online.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. mongbatstar

    @3 How do you equate an mmo to be more complex than Wii games?

    – Go place on map where flashy,
    – Press button(s) till thing dead
    – Go back where came from for reward

    Did I miss anything?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. GrimRita

    @4 I am mostly talking about PvP – I should have pointed that out. I couldn’t give a rats arse about PvE.

    #5 2 years ago

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