Trion Worlds hit with more layoffs, Defiance team impacted

Trion Worlds has undergone yet another round of layoffs, a new report confirms. This follows layoffs in December, which largely affected the Rift team. According to sources speaking to IGN, "mostly Defiance support staff and dev staff" and "teams that provide generic responsibilities and services" have been let go.

It's unclear how many people were let go, but the report says that the bulk of the layoffs affect Trion's San Diego studio, where Defiance was developed.

The company told IGN that the layoffs were "to best position Trion in a rapidly changing industry" and that Defiance's "progress from launch to ongoing development" led to the team reduction. "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," the representative said.

Rift will be making a transition to free-to-play on June 12th, while Defiance will get DLC as its tie-in show preps for a second season.