ArcheAge, Trove producers address Trion layoffs, tell players not to worry

    
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Last week’s Trion Worlds layoffs appeared to have hit ArcheAge particularly hard, with the loss of a well-known producer to the eliminated positions, on top of the unrelated loss of a public-facing community manager week before. Merv “Khrolan” Lee Kwai, the Senior Producer on the game, addressed players on the forums yesterday to try to assuage some of the playerbase’s concerns about the safety of the game.

“I realize that some of you have concerns about the state of ArcheAge and that news of any departures only serves to compound them,” he writes. “I would ask you pause for a moment and know that many people at Trion pour their hearts into supporting the game, even though you only see a few of us in public. Other members of the ArcheAge team you might know like Tinen, Socke, BigDataDude, and I are still very much involved and care deeply about the game. Another 60+ people at Trion and the entirety of XLGames remain committed to delivering and improving the game and world you love.”

As for the future of the game? Kwai promises a big update on the next milestone after a planned meeting with XLGames.

“It’s our strong desire to give you a glimpse of the future as soon as possible and I can assure you that even during times of trial we remain focused on the next big milestone. Over the past year, I’ve spent less time in front of you and more time managing the relationships and business aspects that keep ArcheAge running. Part of that involves face to face meetings with XLGames and one of those is scheduled this week. The team and I will sit down with Jake Song to discuss the current state of the game, upcoming updates like 5.0, and all the content we have planned for 2019. I’ll have another update for you after those meetings conclude, agreements are reached, and action items are assigned.”

The Trove community team locked the thread about the impact of the layoffs on Trove’s development over on that game’s forums, but Brasse reiterated to players that “this was a very small layoff and will not affect any of [Trion’s] games moving forward,” presumably including Trove.

A similar thread on the RIFT forums was closed without direct reassurances to the playerbase or answers to questions on the impact to the RIFT team.

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Bryan Turner

I have this distinct impression that either I’m on everyone’s shit list here, or the staff has made me invisible through the power’s of Mod Craft (might be time to test this).

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rafael12104

Oh, wait! Here is another classic:

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Bryan Correll

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rafael12104

Lol! A true classic.

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Greaterdivinity

“this was a very small layoff and will not affect any of [Trion’s] games moving forward,”

God damnit companies, stop this. Stop this now. If those 15 people won’t affect anything moving forward then it’s one of two things –

1. They weren’t doing anything before they were fired and Trion was paying them to show up and do nothing for months/years (demonstrably false).

2. You’re god-damn lying and it will impact the games, though the players will see a reduced impact as the rest of the team picks up extra work that used to be done by those who were laid off.

Saying layoffs won’t impact anything is disrespectful and dishonest as hell to both your fans/consumers and those who just lost their jobs.

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Bryan Turner

Come on, they aren’t going to say we screwed up financially and we’re doing a hard course correction to remain in the black financially. It’s obvious Hartsman expected Defiance 2050’s relaunch to be on par with Rift Prime financially so naturally he isn’t going to fire the Defiance Devs because he’s already paid for content being developed quarters down the road.

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A Dad Supreme

I’m still of the mindset that Trion is trying to get itself sold to an Asian overlord. It’s the move that makes the most sense going forward for them.

Asian mega-company acquires Western company with access to millions of customer names/data (especially after Marvel Heroes assets), Trion is already set-up as a “lockbox” company, so no shock to customers when things continue as usual with new management, lessen debt/employee obligations to look leaner on the balance sheets, all game titles are already paid for with very little in production, could probably have the company for relatively cheap.

Existing US employees are already in place and would probably be fine with a pay cut/less benefits to keep their jobs/stability, meaning it’s plug/play for Asian overlord company.

Trion execs like Hartsman get big parachute buyout (ala Smedley) and get to announce they now want to start a company to build their “passion” project they’ve wanted to make since they were 3 years old.

Would not surprise me if within 1 year, they announce something like this.

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arimer

If Trion’s good at anything it’s taking something amazing and turning it into Garbage. Rift, one of my most loved MMO’s ever upon release was great and got progressively worse over time. Defiance, which was a great idea was abandoned except for a token team very quickly, and now they have the gall to sell you both again. Because i’m sure they’ll do it right this time.

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Armsman

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A Dad Supreme

Obligatory…

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squid

“Don’t worry, we still suck.”

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arras online

Trion is one of the companies that I certainly hope dissolves and crumbles. They have mismanaged and totally ruined Archeage. They will never get another cent out of me.

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Malcolm Swoboda

If Trion’s not going to turn it around, I want RIFT sold off somewhere that may (surprisingly to most) handle it much better, somehow, personally.

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Castagere Shaikura

Man Rift is that game i wish another company was in control of.

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Grave Knight

Even if that “another company” were PWE or Nexon of America?

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Bryan Turner

Like Daybreak, you know that’s the most likely landing spot?

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Sorenthaz

While at least keeping some folks still on it like Simon Ffinch. He seems like one of those genuine devs who really cares about the game, and IIRC when they talked about the ‘what-if’ of RIFT eventually closing down (this was back around Storm Legion that it was mentioned) he said he’d hope the game could be released to the public so servers could still be run by fans and so on.

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Malcolm Swoboda

While I like Simon, I don’t think his words on the fate of RIFT have the biggest weight and he seems (whether due to his own wants or just because this is all he’s allowed to do by higher ups) occupied with content I only have passing interest in – ‘shinies’ and puzzles.

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Joe Seabreeze

Archeage was basically the best mmorpg since WoW, and the only reason it didn’t do very well was because of Trion senior management. I fee bad for the people who actually put their blood, sweat, and tears into the game.

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Minimalistway

What else they will say? i mean no company will tell you “we are in trouble”, this will just make more trouble for them.

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MMONERD

Typical PR talk. I expect the worst news coming very soon.

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