by John Callaham
Trion Worlds, the developers of the fantasy MMO Rift and the recent sci-fi TV show tie-in game Defiance, has reportedly laid off a large number of its team members. The company has admitted it is "adjusting our staffing levels" but exact numbers of employees affected by the layoffs have not been revealed.
IGN previously reported that the layoff numbers affected as much as 80 percent of the team members at the developer but Trion claims those percentages are "exaggerated." IGN claims that most of the layoffs hit the Defiance team, which was released in April just a few days before its tie-in game on the Syfy cable TV channel debuted.
In its official statement, Trion says:
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.Trion announced earlier this week that Rift, which launched as a monthly MMO two years ago, will switch to a free-to-play game on June 12th.
Source: IGN | Image via Trion Worlds