Trion Worlds closes San Diego office

Office to close, with day-to-day operations for MMO Defiance shifting to Redwood City studio; Scott Hartsman returns as CEO.

Trion Worlds will close its office in San Diego, California, the publisher confirmed today with GameSpot. Support for MMO Defiance will continue, as operations for the game will be shifted to the company's Redwood City branch.

"We can confirm that the San Diego studio will be closing," a Trion Worlds representative said in a statement. "The-day-to-day operations of Defiance will be moved to our Redwood City studio where it can be managed alongside Rift and our other in development titles including ArcheAge and End of Nations. As part of this transition, we are 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."

It is not clear how many staffers were affected by the closure of the San Diego office. Trion Worlds enacted a round of layoffs at the branch in May.

Defiance, which ties in with the Syfy show of the same name, has 1 million registered players. The TV show has been picked up for a second season.

The closure of Trion Worlds' San Diego office comes on same day that the company appointed Scott Hartsman the outfit's new CEO, effective immediately. Hartsman previously held the position of chief creative officer at Trion Worlds and oversaw the launch of Rift, before leaving the company in January.

In an email to the company today, 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."

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Redrivar
Redrivar

5 guaranteed DLC's in one year after release was the pitch... The reality was 39.99 or Ultimate edition and 1 DLc for 9.99 has come out so far.  Trion has about 5 months to fulfill the promise of 5 DLCs, which I see as  very unrealistic, especially with a company who still has servers shitting the bed 8 months after launch.  Ripped off doesn't even  describe it... I paid of my own free will and that's my mistake, but I believed in this game and Trion failed me.  Disappointment hurts!

DemoKnight10656
DemoKnight10656

I was really hopping that this game would be my mmo where I would play it everyday and just farm and play with my friends but sady that dream died rather quickly

vallee05
vallee05

Ranked PvP, Clan Vs Clan battles, Epic gear, marketed as a borderlands MMO, My biggest disappointment was the last 4 weeks before the game was released for the April launched; they marketed in their dev streams all this content, yet the game was finished and this content wasn't even in the game retail version(still isn't in the game) which got me hooked to this new franchise(pre-release)


However, half the class specific mods weren't even in the game for the first 6-8 weeks of the game's release. I do expect bugs, especially for a large scale MMO. The fact is they weren't clear on what was in the game and what wasn't(and needed to be patched in, they gave fans the run around on there forums) They spent too much time on the TV show splice-ins(which all were tedious  and none memorable... in-addition to the microtransaction to increase your gear or skins) Then trying to finish developing and implementing what was market for the game to increase the participation levels. This could of been a game a played daily, even with the next gen consoles coming out, instead they released an unfinished product to release along side a TV show. Dev. support seem non-existing. 

Learning lesson, I purchased 3 seasons passes:Borderlands 2, Injustice, Aliens:CM and Defiance (ultimate edition)on the day of release. After my experience with Aliens:CM and Defiance I will never buy a season pass day one.

lethargicdonkey
lethargicdonkey

As long as support for defiance continues then we're cool. I am definitely having more fun playing defiance than blops 2 or judgment.  

aboki808
aboki808

damn, if these companies can advertise their games as good as they are advertising their closing, it might of help.

Michael Smith
Michael Smith

Defiance is not bad.. its good to pass the time now and then..

Nick Goodner
Nick Goodner

Still has more content than any 60.00 title released. I've had it for months and have had more fun playing it than several other full priced games combined. Without a sub, I don't have a single complaint.

Pete Stef
Pete Stef

i agree Defiance was a total FAILURE monotonous game play all the way through & i still want a refund on the season pass i paid for as DLC's for this will never arrive

JURGMANDR
JURGMANDR

Defiance is fun.. except none of my friends play it anymore >-< 

Darkeus
Darkeus

It may be that they were wasting money.  I hate to say that when people's jobs are being lost but sometimes you don't need multiple studios....

Conway Obleman
Conway Obleman

now they can...."Trion" making games somewhere else :3

Maxim Neumann
Maxim Neumann

What ever Defiance was Epic Fail for me. Still like a Beta.

chadwick1343
chadwick1343

It would be really great if for once there was news about new studios expanding....

crolin
crolin

so this is good news seeing how they mad really crappy games

SoulReaper1337
SoulReaper1337

Defiance gets my vote for biggest disappointment of the year.

firedrakes
firedrakes

i notice with this company they had to many office and not alot of sharing resources

Double_Wide
Double_Wide

Shame. I hope this doesn't delay any of the DLC or expansions for Defiance. Great game and television show!

KingTrax999
KingTrax999

No more San Diego Comic Con for them!

snugglebear
snugglebear

Guess things aren't going so hot for Trion. I wonder how they'll keep up with their claim that the show and game are in concert. 

vallee05
vallee05

one a plus note, atleast their trailer for the game was pretty decent ;o)

surrealme
surrealme

@Nick Goodner Pretty much how I feel. I got my money's worth. I just wish it had more of a sense of progression. You never really feel like you're working towards anything. It's definitely fun though, and the kind of game you can hop in and just play for half an hour when the mood strikes. Kind of wish I hadn't bought the season pass though. Don't see how they can keep their promises with the dev team having to relocate and probably losing a lot of people.

I still have a lot of respect for Trion. The amount of support they've given Rift has been amazing. Hope they have better days ahead.

Verityrant
Verityrant

@Double_Wide I can only agree with half of that statement.  The show I think rocks, but the game I got bored with fairly quickly.  I think Trion will need to find a way to make the game more fun if it is going to have any lasting power, since for an MMO it really doesn't.  

damodar_thade
damodar_thade

@Verityrant @Double_Wide I agree love the show but the game was only fun for a couple of weeks. There wasn't anything to work towards really, no armours, no great loot or anything eveything was the same except over priced skins on the store.