Trion Worlds closing UK office

Defiance and Rift company shutting down publishing office in Guildford, UK; 12 non-development jobs lost as a result.

Less than a week after Trion Worlds announced it would close its San Diego studio, the company confirmed today that it will shut down its European publishing office in Guildford, UK.

12 jobs will be cut as a result, though a Trion Worlds representative said no one attached to development, customer service, or localization was affected.

"As part of its recent company realignment, Trion's European publishing office based in Guildford, UK, will be closing down," the company said. "European localized versions of Trion’s live and upcoming games will not be affected as all regional game development and support continues from Redwood City, CA."

In an email to Trion Worlds last week, new CEO Scott 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."

Trion Worlds operates Defiance and a Rift, among others.

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20 comments
dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Hope those people find another job soon. 8-\

snugglebear
snugglebear

They'll be eating  a steady diet of government cheese and living in a van down by the river. =/ 

AshTrai
AshTrai

How is Brian the tea boy going to support his family of cats now? :<

ghost590
ghost590

this  company is going to fall apart 

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Good luck to Trion. I really like them. I loved Rift but Defiance was pretty mediocre. I won't be sad if Defiance tanks, it was pretty unimpressive. The show was pretty much a mishmash of every trope we've ever seen. The game on the other hand, was a prime example of front loading mmo's, you saw all there was to see within an hour. Everything else was filler.

KingTrax999
KingTrax999

Where are the trolls for this one?  It's really sad when you can't get at least one trollster to comment on your demise.  RIP Trion

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

bah, everyone could see it comming.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

As much as they marketed Defiance the show and the game I had really big expectations. They show has been disappointing. ITs ok at best. It fails to keep my attention and that is hard to do as I will watch most SYFY shows. I hope second season is better. so far the show looks like it lacks direction. Based on the comments below the game  has the same lack of direction. I hope they get the crap together both the show and the game. 

ghstbstr
ghstbstr

I like the Defiance game, it is fun to play. It is the only online game that I have played since April. I was playing it on Xbox360, but I now play it on my PS3. I hope that Trion doesn't just give up on this game or have further issues, because I like this game and I don't want it to go away anytime soon.

feared4power
feared4power

defiance had no end game content or real goal.

Helios_Sun
Helios_Sun

yeah got bored of defiance though

emperiox
emperiox

Shame, Trion is a great company :(

NeoDemonChilde
NeoDemonChilde

@Helios_Sun same.....you should give FIREFALL a go......its a free game and 100 x better than Defiance.

NeoDemonChilde
NeoDemonChilde

@emperiox I still play RIFT......it's hard to believe RIFT and Defiance is from the same company.