It is in most headlines: "Trion layoffs". One of the more interesting is this one over at Massively.com
They announced that IGN had an "unnamed" source that over exaggerated the layoff process and numbers. So everyone is falling back on IGN and IGN is obscure. Hmmm. If you look at the "clarification" we see:
"Trion also provided the following official statement.
'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.'"
Best most professional way to say EXACTLY what IGN said, but with damage control. In my opinion this is just propaganda damage control so that the consumer does not jump ship. I say that because they do not directly say "Oh that is wrong". Nor do they give the correct numbers. They simply reword EXACTLY what IGN said but more covered up. I would like to point out the last time IGN said these things, they were spot on. They seem to have legit sources. Also, there was a company that did the same thing, damage control, and months later they could not control and everything IGN had pointed out ended up true.
I do not know 100%. I do not think any one will know except those effected and the info leaks. However, if you look at business trends it is not surprising. Any time we get humans together for a project it is always messy. There are disagreements and tough situations. That is why managers and structure always ends up being installed. You will always have this guy as well:
And he will burn the damn place down! At least he will stay anonymous and talk to IGN about what is really going on. So there you have it. My opinion. I think TRION is playing damage control. I think the layoffs were massif. I think the ship is being salvaged by the koreans as interests between a television show, microsoft, publisher, and profit sharing of the other titles became convoluted. What a nightmare. Not one of these titles brings in enough cash to support the salary demands of this kind of business. It brings in JUST enough to attract the roaches, but after that...they feast and leave the bread destroyed. Whether or not that will effect game quality is yet to be seen...
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