Trion Worlds rebuts staffing rumors, confirms RIFT is not in maintenance mode

    
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We may also not be in Telara, either.

We received a concerning tip today claiming MMORPG company Trion Worlds was forcing employees into paid time off ahead of some sort of September crisis, but Trion has now reassured Massively OP directly that the PTO is merely an “administrative” issue and does not portend anything dire for the health of the company and its staff.

“As revealed internally, we are making some changes to our PTO structure,” a Trion representative told us. “We have made the call as a company to change to a Flex PTO system, which is increasingly common in the tech and gaming industries. In the transition between the two plans, there will be some paid time off being taken. Department heads are working with their teams to keep impact on projects and games at a minimum.”

As gamers will recall, while Trion did suffer layoffs this summer, it has already discussed wide-ranging plans for ArcheAge’s next update as well as Trove’s future expansions and the company’s publishing ambitions. Thanks to The Ghar Station’s Gamescom interview, we also know that the company has vigorously denied insinuations that RIFT is in “maintenance mode.” Trion told the fansite that the team has “long-term plans in place for future content” and won’t be holding back expansion-level features for months when it could push them out when ready. Expect new events and resurrected content as well.

With thanks to our tipster and to Trion for its response.

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Bruno Brito

When a legacy server gets the better of your development time, well, i’m sorry to say to you, but your main game IS in maintenance mode.

I like RIFT, but not enough to give Trion a dime.

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NeoWolf

I think if your game looks like it is in maintenance mode to such an extent that you have to actually TELL people it isn’t.. you have a problem lol

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Mike

As soon as Archonix took over as producer for Rift the real downward spiral began. Raids came out less frequently, crafting got gutted, updates started focusing more on in game purchases, and the overall quality went to absolute hell.

SFP is even worse.

Need I say more than the godawful Prime launch. They had a real chance to hit it big again, but it seems little to no testing went on before releasing it. All they had to do was pay an intern to level a character to 50 and some of the biggest issues would have been glaringly obvious.

A few of the devs that are still there definitely do care, but it’s now a skeleton crew and it’s been about a year since that game has seen any meaningful content added. It’s just sad to see a producer ruin a game that was once so popular and well regarded.

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Bryan Correll

So that’s where Baghdad Bob is working these days.

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Brother Maynard

Let the screenshots speak louder than all the Trion PR bullshit.

The moment this company goes bankrupt, I will open a bottle of fine champagne. And the gaming pool will be just a tiny bit cleaner.

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Jack Pipsam

Yeesh! I didn’t even consider the idea that Rift would end up in a maintenance mode anytime soon! It seemed… well, safe? I mean I know it isn’t getting a lot of updates every year, but I always figured it was trucking along enough to keep itself going. Prime seemed to be really good for it.

This seems rather dire if there is any embers to the smoke.
I hope Rift can find a way, it would be devastating to MMOs I reckon if Rift goes down. Who would want to invest in AAA MMOs after a failure on this scope? There’s been so many flops.

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Pepperzine

Would it be considered a large failure though? It raised tons of profit for several years. Even successful AAA games get replaced when their time is up. Its initial budget was over $50 Million but by 2012 it had already raised over $100 Million in revenue (which is before it went free-to-play and super cash-grabby).

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Jack Pipsam

Honestly, you’re right, I didn’t think of it that way.

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Sargonnax

Rift is not in maintenance mode, but the only updates anyone ever hears about are for the legacy server when it rolls out “new” content. I loved playing Rift for years, but Trion lost their way a long time ago and a pretty good MMO is sadly fading into oblivion. If Trion really wants us to believe there is life left in Rift then I look forward to an announcement regarding a new expansion for the game.

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A Dad Supreme

“We have made the call as a company to change to a Flex PTO system, which is increasingly common in the tech and gaming industries. In the transition between the two plans, there will be some paid time off being taken. Department heads are working with their teams to keep impact on projects and games at a minimum.”

Those poor bastards. Don’t envy anyone working at Trion these days.

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styopa

RIFT isn’t in maintenance mode; we are actively working on the Rift LEGACY server all the time.

Oh you mean the main f2p game? Is that still running? Um, yeah, it’s fine.

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rahkeesh

Yeah and Wildstar isn’t in maintenance mode either.