Trion just bought up Gazillion’s assets to beef up its MMO publishing arm

Did you see this one coming? VentureBeat has a piece out this morning interviewing Trion Worlds CEO Scott Hartsman, who’s apparently just revealed that Trion’s bought up all of Gazillion Entertainment, or what’s left of its assets, anyway.

Gazillion, of course, infamously shuttered along with its core MMORPG, Marvel Heroes, last autumn following weeks of missed content, an apparent failed contract renogotiation, a sexual harassment scandal, and ultimately Disney’s rescinding of the Marvel license, driving the studio into bankruptcy. At the time, we called it the worst-managed MMORPG sunset of all time.

It looks like the goal for Trion here isn’t necessarily to save or remake Marvel Heroes (although that would be fun, and VB notes Trion has picked up an isometric game engine as part of the package) but to bolster its publishing for MMOs specifically, something MMO players will recall Trion’s been working on for the last few years with Glyph, where Trion’s existing games – including RIFT, Trove, ArcheAge, and Defiance – currently dwell.

“Trion Worlds will also beef up its ability to publish games created by other developers, using expertise in operations, networking, performance, security, player acquisition and analytics on a global scale. Trion Worlds will combine the Gazillion tools with its Trion Glyph platform to provide support and infrastructure for online game world developers. [… W]ith the Gazillion assets, Trion Worlds has a full ecosystem, including all of the tech that developers need to established their MMOs as ongoing services. Talks are under way with a number of developers who are using Trion World’s tools.”

Here’s how the whole Gazillion mess went down:

Source: VentureBeat
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Chosenxeno .

That Trove money has buffed the hell out of Trion lol

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Suikoden

If I had a wish list, it would be a DC version of Marvel Heroes, with better management. Launch it on Console and PC with cross-platform play, and you are golden.

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SirUrza

Sounds like they bought Gaz’s tech. I doubt this will lead to the return of Marvel Heroes like some would like.

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Kevin McCaughey

I actually find this quite surprising. I would have thought Trion a more slick operation than Gazzillion, but maybe I am just not in the know. If anyone was going to do an AAA MMO again my money would be on Trion to blink first. Maybe they are working up to something?

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Anthony Clark

If they bring back Marvel Heroes, and a new JumpGate then Trion will be Heroes!

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Xijit

Maybe they will use this to reboot Auto Assult & Jumpgate Evolution?
(Remember that Gazillion bought up NetDevil and then shut them down after their lego game wasn’t making enough money)

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Jo Watt

Trino wasnt bad once upon a time. Then they turned RIFT into a f2p cash grab. Then added ArcheAge to their roster. Seems this taught them the value of rng loot box money and XLGames showed them that they don’t even have to communicate with their players or even be honest and 100% clear about the patches and phases content. Just keep adding nice stuff to the cash shop and call it content is their new deal. While they are at it.. why not reskin Defiance and try to resell it too…(wait they already are doing that)

Basically don’t expect anything “good” to come from it.

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Yangers

I dont get the defiance thing. As someone who played the original back from launch (and enjoyed it a lot), after playing the beta its the exact same game – but with all your stuff gone. O.o

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Aelzen

Yeah, it doesn’t even look better. Waste of time.

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Mr_Fester

MH was not a MMO, it was another lobby drop n and out game.

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P3lli

r you kiding right ?¿ MMOs are not based/defined only on your perception of “massive”
Also The game had no lobbies.

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Crowe

I think your perception of “lobby” might be a bit narrow. There were loads of lobbies that seemed packed out. But I never recall seeing more than a dozen players at most outside of them.

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squid

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for Marvel Heroes…

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flyingltj

Birds of a feather.