Defiance switches up leads while ArcheAge and RIFT elaborate on game worlds

    
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Trick Dempsey is out as Defiance’s creative lead, but he’s pleased to pass the project on to his successor: Carble Cheung. Cheung has been with the team since 2013 and has grand plans for Defiance going forward. “Speaking of the future: ‘YES!’ we are planning for Season 3 and beyond,” he said. “This includes updates to arkfalls, sieges, expeditions, and more.”

In other Trion Worlds news, ArcheAge posted a dev diary about the Ayanad Library and RIFT spent time interviewing Lead Content Designer Julia Fleming. Fleming did drop a not-so-subtle hint about one change coming with Patch 3.2: “One of the Senior Designers (Tacitus) and I have been talking a lot about improving some of the INSTANT aspects of the game, especially those related to ADVENTURE. He’s got some interesting plans on how to make the current system more engaging for players of all levels — and a few surprises as well.”

[Source: Defiance, ArcheAge, RIFT. Thanks to Celestial for the tip!]
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Golden_Girl Rhime Whats with you and Trion. Enough already.

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Gottphoenix  That wasn’t really the issue since it was two different studios in two different locations with two different sets of people.  It was just a cluster frak of issues from both the HQ and the SD offices on design and creative differences along with poor deadlines for the expansion and the release of defiance there after at that point.  When both were not received well and banked on revenues didn’t come through, Trion went into a massive set of finger pointing and crisis mode which ended up within in months seeing the company gutted.

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I really hope Carble Cheung can help bring the spark back to the Defiance game. 
Both my father (hardcore grey-haired gamer for this one) and I played and enjoyed this game for quite a while, but we both recently quit in frustration and switched to Firefall for our “fun action shoot-em-up” game of choice.
The Defiance game was getting to the point where we worried it was actually “on maintenance” and essentially abandoned as regards new content.
Hopefully, Mr. Cheung can lead the game to better days.

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Constantly delivering high quality content updates and expansions will make for a stable and growing playerbase and a very decent income.

Rift classic and A Realm Reborn are proof of that. Hopefully Havensward as well

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Trion really spread themselves too thin. The resources they used on EoN and Defiance really should’ve been reinvested in Rift and another true mmorpg from Trion instead.

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Rhime  Scapes is just a typical community line tower. He’s not as bad as Tobey was but being a com’s person at Trion is like trying to bail out the titanic with a thimble.

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Golden_Girl hardy83 squidgod2000  Well they did have the motto  as you know of “no tricks no traps”.

So they’re half way to their goals at least :P

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Golden_Girl A Dad Supreme  Yeah they did Chris Lena pretty wrong on that account at the end of that summer. Of course they scuttled the entire San Diego studio, canned the community manager Elrar, and dissolved EU offices and support (didn’t get French and German lang community help again for another 3 months after that) in the process as well.

And that was all just 2 or so months after they’d dramatically reduced the staff at the San Diego offices anyway.  

Elizabeth Tobey(per Hartsman’s direction), delayed even telling anyone officially that Lena was out until November on the forums in an “oh by the way” sort of comment. 

Something else worth pointing out, Dempsey and now Cheung both have been the heads of the game under the dubious title of “Creative Lead”.  Back at the start the head title was Executive Producer, held first by Richardson then for the short short time by Lena. 

And lets not even get into the musical chairs of titles and names they’ve shifted around with community “team” folks. sheesh.

As they get smaller and smaller seems that by this time next year, the janitorial staff will be replacing and doubling as the HR staff due to knowing how to clean house. :P

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hardy83 Golden_Girl squidgod2000 Not for good ol’ tricks ‘n’ traps Trion ;-)

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Rhime Golden_Girl Well, it IS Trion – gouging and scamming is what they’re well known for.