The lights are on
We've received an official comment confirming
the reports that Defiance publisher and developer Trion Worlds has just
conducted substantial layoffs of staff.
IGN broke the news, based on information from
anonymous sources. According to the source, the company's San Diego studio,
which created the Defiance game that is tied to the SyFy television show of the
same name, was hit hardest with the layoffs.
We received this official statement from
Trion Worlds, which seems to refer to the layoffs, or, in other words, "adjustment
of staffing levels."
"To best position Trion in a rapidly changing
industry, we have reorganized our teams and are expanding our free to play
offering. With Defiance, we delivered a great game that more than one
million gamers registered to play and continue to enjoy. As we progress
from launch to ongoing development of the game, we are adjusting our staffing
levels to deliver new content and improved features. Rift, and our other
titles in development, were unaffected by these changes. We are very much
looking forward to the free to play release of Rift and are excited by the
other new titles currently in development."
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WHATTTT?!!...I'll calm down. It seems like we are living in a day and age where 1 million players is actually a bad thing (see square enix). Unfortunately I love to play this game, and i'm really hoping this isn't an indication of where things are headed. A lot of content is promised, that I really hope is delivered. Not since Dark Souls have I had this much fun playing co-operatively with others, escpecially with the co-op maps. Those are a blast, and most people seem to play the right way (ie reviving dead teammates). I think the store could definetly use a change. People don't really want to shell out 10$ for 1 outfit, but those outfits do look really cool. Let's hope this thing gets the chance to reach its full potential.
That's a shame. Trion always does decently with their games in my opinion.
Well that's sad news. Very much a shame, Trion seemed to be doing quite well. I'll wonder about the more detailed reasons why this happened. I wish everyone who was effected by this the best of luck.
truth about the gaming industry.. they'll take you in, work your behind off.. save their upper and mid-level fanboys... then lay YOU the worker off.
Wow, what happened there? We heard a lot of news stating their sales and subscriptions were skyrocketing. Well I hope the best. This is such a great game and show.
This isn't exactly a new thing, eh? Developers need a ton of people to create these big games but once the games are in the wild, it doesn't take nearly as many to maintain it.
Just the nature of the business for the "grunts".
I really hope this doesn't affect ArcheAge. I think that game is gonna revolutionize MMOs.
The gaming industry is the worst industry to work for it seems.
The US economy is about to collapse.