Gamigo says RIFT is ‘contributing a great deal’ to the studio, promises 10th anny events

    
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Earlier this week, we learned from one of our sources that multiple developers from Gamigo’s RIFT team had been laid off from the company, which further added to the fears of MMO players that RIFT was in trouble following the sunset announcements of four other Gamigo MMOs. Initially, the studio did not respond to our inquiries, instead confirming a “change in internal structures” and telling players that “there will be a team responsible for an working on RIFT” in a locked forum thread. But by the following day, Gamigo responded to our request for a statement by telling us that it would not be relocating dev teams to Europe as rumored and that it would continue to work on its “core MMORPGs” in addition to other titles in its pipeline.

The statement actually raised more concerns for us than it answered, as the studio didn’t expressly say that RIFT was a core MMO, and in fact it mentioned incoming content for ArcheAge and Trove instead. We asked additional questions to clarify, and as of this morning, Gamigo has given us answers for those too.

When you say you’re working on core MMORPGs, does Gamigo consider RIFT one of those?

RIFT is contributing a great deal to our roster and we will continue working on the title, but we have to adjust the team structure to the size of the game and its contribution to our company.

You mention incoming news and content for Trove and ArcheAge, but what about RIFT? Is the studio able to assuage RIFT players’ fears specifically?

We’re celebrating the game’s 10th Anniversary this week, so players can look forward to various celebratory events. If there will be relevant updates in the future, we will announce them in due time. At the current stage, we cannot elaborate on the future content updates for RIFT.

You note that you’re not relocating developer teams to Europe – does this mean RIFT‘s development is still based in the US? Or does it mean a European team is simply taking it over? How many developers are working on RIFT, and where are they located?

We have multiple teams working on our games at different locations. We’ve realized that location is not as crucial as it’s been perceived during the Covid pandemic. Due to competitive reasons cannot give you any more insights about the location or size of our operational teams.

Were any games affected other than RIFT? (We’d originally been led to believe community staff from other games were also affected.)

I can, once again, assure you that, at this point in time, we have no intention of stopping development on any of our MMORPGs that you have mentioned. Also, there is and there has been no action taken to reduce any community staff on any of our projects other than the ones we announced to be shut down.

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Danny Smith

Everything about Gamigo and Rift right now stinks.

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Greaterdivinity

Non-answer.

“if there will be any updates” is pretty much indicating that it will still continue on without any actual updates as it has been for years.

“We have top men working on Rift. Top men”

I mean, I guess this is the best face they can put on when responding to questions and I’ll give them some props for responding at all. But nothing in the responses indicates that Rift’s future holds anything more than continued monetized battle passes until they decide to close down the servers.

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Jo Watt

Don’t worry, those “top men” are the best damn janitors they could find to make sure the servers are at least dust free once a week!

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Bruno Brito

You jest, but honestly, the janitors around the MMO scene have been doing a great job, while most of the upper echelons are terrible at managing.

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Paragon Lost

I trust nothing coming from them.

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Lucky Jinx

My god, just let it dieeeeee!!!!

Edit: I started playing Rift in beta, I loved it. It doesn’t deserve this money-squeezing, torturing death. Just let it go…

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MilitiaMasterV

It’s like corporate-speak and legalese joined and had a baby!

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treehuggerhannah

“If” there are relevant updates.

Nothing they’ve been saying reassures me.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Yet again:

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Bruno Brito

Is that you in the picture?

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Malcolm Swoboda

A decade ago :)

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Bruno Brito

A good looking person, for sure.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Thanks! :D Especially for it being a bad time for me outside of the free Trion trip, and being exhausted.

Today https://www.instagram.com/malcolmswoboda/

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Bruno Brito

I dig the haircut. Be sure of yourself!

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Bhagpuss Bhagpuss

I can’t figure out what the supposed surprise in any of this is. Trion, who created the game and could be presumed to care more about it than anyone, gave up investing in and developing Rift years ago. If they couldn’t do anything to stop its decline (or indeed that of their whole company) why would anyone expect a salvage specialist like Gamigo to do any better?

It’s not like the choice was between a bright future of ongoing investment and new content from the old owners versus neglect and abandonment by the new. Rift was already a ghost ship drifting on the tides when Gamigo salvaged it. If they manage to pump out the bilges and put it to work as a floating casino for a few more years that’s probably as much as anyone could reasonably expect.

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Raidervc

Here I was thinking if Rift is on the way out, I should download it and revisit the zones one last time.

Gamigo, why you gotta be so, so bad at this PR stuff and turn me off of revisiting your game?

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Bruno Brito

I’ll break down this shit.

RIFT is contributing a great deal to our roster and we will continue working on the title, but we have to adjust the team structure to the size of the game and its contribution to our company.

Translation: “The game is not big enough to warrant the spendings we’re doing on it ( even thought we are complete imbeciles who can’t realize that we need to spend money developing the game for it to be bigger ), and we’re downsizing the team to reflect that. The tendency is to become even smaller.”

We’re celebrating the game’s 10th Anniversary this week, so players can look forward to various celebratory events. If there will be relevant updates in the future, we will announce them in due time. At the current stage, we cannot elaborate on the future content updates for RIFT.

Translation: “Automated events, and underpaid GMs paying a visit. “Relevant updates” are our battlepasses, these are relevant, right? We can’t elaborate our future updates because we didn’t finish the “toss a pig on the wall and where it lands, it’s what we’ll do.”

We have multiple teams working on our games at different locations. We’ve realized that location is not as crucial as it’s been perceived during the Covid pandemic. Due to competitive reasons cannot give you any more insights about the location or size of our operational teams.

Translation: “We’re outsourcing and for compETITIVE REASONS AHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH HOLY SHIT This was godlike. Who the hell even competes with RIFT? At this point i would say their own games cannibalize it. No developer worth it’s salt gives a shit about RIFT as a competitor.

I can, once again, assure you that, at this point in time, we have no intention of stopping development on any of our MMORPGs that you have mentioned. Also, there is and there has been no action taken to reduce any community staff on any of our projects other than the ones we announced to be shut down.

I bet my arm that they would say the same about all their games one day before announcing the shutdowns.

This company is a disgrace.