Trion has confirmed the layoffs – we’ve updated below.
Trion Worlds in general and ArcheAge
in specific are going through a turbulent time this week as the studio has levied layoffs in the studio that have affected an unknown number of employees. Among those affected include ArcheAge
Associate Producer Seraphina Brennan and Customer Support/Environmental Artist Jessica Pate
Batten down the hatches because a big storm hits tomorrow! ArcheAge’s
Maelstrom, with its cross-server navel arena, launches on December 13th. We got to see some of the 4.0 expansion and learn more about it during our demo
and interview at PAX West
this last fall. And on the cusp of launch, I sat down again with Trion Associate Producer Seraphina “Celestrata” Brennan
, Executive Producer Merv Lee Kwai
, and Community Manager Joe “Muzzy” Brogno
to chat more about the upcoming changes. What I learned is that the changes have changes! Lunagems, the raid finder bulletin board, streetlights, and some of the arenas updates have been updated. And one change — the addition of the new turtle ship — will actually not be happening.
There’s been a reshuffling in Trion Worlds’
ranks this past week, as ArcheAge
Senior Community Manager Seraphina “Celestrata” Brennan announced on the forums
that she has been bumped up to become the game’s associate producer.
“I’m really happy to let you all know that I’m your new associate producer,” Brennan said. “I’ll be joining Khrolan and Amary on the production team side of things, so don’t worry that someone’s going to go somewhere. You’ll still see me posting on the forums and Reddit too, though perhaps not as much as I use to. My time is going to have to go towards behind-the-scenes work and planning, after all!”
Taking over for Brennan as senior CM is Joe “Muzzy” Brogno, who transferred over from the Atlas Reactor team back in June.
There’s a new sheriff on ArcheAge’s forums, and his fearsome name is Muzzy.
Trion Worlds announced Joe Brogno, otherwise known as “Muzzy” to the studio’s community, was being transferred over from Atlas Reactor to ArcheAge as the fantasy MMO’s newest CM. Brogno won’t be replacing Seraphina Brennan, as she will remain as the game’s senior community manager.
The team revealed the shift in personnel on a Twitch livestream, which wasn’t exactly received with open arms by the community. On the forums, players expressed indignation over the new CM’s alleged ignorance about the basic concepts of the game and Trion’s decision to ignore pressing issues in favor of promoting some of its cash shop items. You can watch the stream after the break and decide for yourself.