The lights are on
The trouble continues at Trion Worlds, with news that the
studio behind the MMO/television hybrid project Defiance has been shuttered.
Trion Worlds confirmed to PC Gamer that the company's San
Diego studio has been closed. This news follows some previous rounds of layoffs
that were conducted in the studio. According to Trion Worlds, the continuing maintenance
of Defiance will be conducted by the company's Redwood City studio, which also
manages Rift. Trion says that "[it
is] working hard to ensure that a number of great people will be making the
move from San Diego to the Bay Area and continue their work at Trion."
company also revealed that former Rift chief creative officer Scott Hartsman is
coming back to serve as Trion's CEO. Hartsman said, "We're going to rapidly be
laying the groundwork for a new strategy for Trion -- one that's closer to the
foundation of how we've had our wins so far, and then extending that base into
the enduring success this company can, and will, be."
[Sources: PC Gamer and Massively]
Take:After the layoffs that had hit Trion's San Diego studio, I can't
say I'm surprised. It's a shame, as some of my coworkers, including Adam Biessener
(who reviewed it), Andy Reiner, Matt Miller, and Mike Futter were fans of the
game. It goes to show you how risky the MMO genre is for publishers. Mostly, I'm
just sick and tired of reporting about people in the game industry losing their
jobs. Hope everyone at Trion San Diego lands on their feet.
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There still alive, hope they succeed. Not to be and arse but Defiance is a great show... Like one of the best... But the game was lacking in some shine. Great story though... Hope they take it in a better direction!
truly sad...it seems every week some studio is laying off people...i still stick to my opinion that some studios need to stay away from the triple-A-budgets to make games...case in point, telltale's the walking dead (no need to further explain)...
I love Defiance. Both the game and the show. It's really sad to see people losing their jobs. I hope it all gets better and that they land on their feet as well. I really enjoy the game and my wife and I are looking forward to season 2. I am looking forward to more missions!
It sucks that some of these people lost their jobs. I haven't picked up Defiance yet but it looks like a good game and I hope they keep supporting it with their other studios.
Defiance was a fun game, but I wish I stopped myself from buying the Season Pass. I mean, as much as I enjoyed it, it's really not worth this long of a wait for new content (I know, I know...they're hitting hard times, but I dropped $40 on that thing).
Considering how much the show improved in the final episodes of the first season, and how much I enjoy playing the game, here's to hoping that much like the show's guaranteed second season the game will also live on. It may offer mindless shooting, but unlike all of the mindless 3rd person shooters out there it at least offered a rousing large scale co-op and pvp element to compliment the single player-ish campaign.
I still them all well in hopes they pick up a new gig soon!
I didn´t know they were having hard times :( I just bought the game recently and watched the show, usually games about shows tend to be bad but in defiance case I find the game much better than the show. I hope the game keeps working with this hard times they are having.