Trion Worlds shuts down San Diego office

MMO developer Trion Worlds continues to reorganize. After gutting its Defiance team earlier this year, the company has announced that it is now shutting down its San Diego office.

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MMO developer Trion Worlds continues to reorganize. After gutting its Defiance team earlier this year, the company has announced that it is now shutting down its San Diego office.

"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," a company spokesperson said.

The closure is part of "a new strategy at Trion," according to new CEO Scott Hartsman. Hartsman, who worked on Rift, left Trion earlier this year, saying game development is "fundamentally broken." However, effective immediately, he will head his former employer.

"We're going to rapidly be laying the groundwork for a new strategy at 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," he told Gamasutra.

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    August 8, 2013 1:30 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Trion Worlds shuts down San Diego office.

    MMO developer Trion Worlds continues to reorganize. After gutting its Defiance team earlier this year, the company has announced that it is now shutting down its San Diego office.

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      August 8, 2013 1:38 PM

      Hopefully those affected are able to land on their feet.

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      August 8, 2013 1:55 PM

      Which branch is Dahanese a part of?

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      August 8, 2013 4:55 PM

      Seems like they are barely hanging on :(

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      August 9, 2013 6:21 AM

      Sorry to hear this =(

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      August 9, 2013 6:42 AM

      Wow, I didn't even know they had another MMO coming. ArcheAge?

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        August 9, 2013 7:21 AM

        they are doing the localization for the western version of the game, its made in korea

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          August 9, 2013 7:38 AM

          Oh, that explains it. And the odd name.

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      August 9, 2013 7:15 AM

      Good news is Scott Hartsman came back as the CEO, hopefully he can get them going in a positive direction again. I think RIFT is still doing well but Defiance, while a fun game, didn't ever seem to take off or have lasting appeal.

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