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Trion recently announced a free-to-play offering for its RIFT MMORPG. It also launched Defiance earlier this year and partnered with Korea's XLGAMES to bring the company's ArcheAge sandbox MMO to western audiences. We've contacted Trion for an official comment regarding layoff numbers.

first report was 805 of company let go, that was refuted by TRION. this is likely related to Defiance, as the RIFT team was not affected.

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post #2 of 27
Don't care about Rift. That game blows. ArcheAge is something else though.
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won't affect ArcheAge much if at all, as TRION is not developing it.
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Certainly is a shame. However defience really didn't have any impact within the MMO world. Sadly gamers are so tired of the same old same old, that unless you do something "new" and I mean gameplay..Not connecting a world to a TV series..Then you won't survive any more. A shame, since I've always considered Trion one of the few better dev teams around, but they took a large gamble with a 2nd MMO and it bit them in the ars.
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I get that Rift was a highly polished MMO upon release, one of the smoothest launches ever and with a nice chunk of players to kickstart it - but I never understood what it was trying to accomplish by being basically 99% similar to WoW in terms of gameplay, interface, controls, combat, etc. Sure it had shinier visuals (or at least, a lot more glistening effects/bloom and duller/realistic colors) but other than that and the concept of rifts (really it was nothing more than a marketing gimmick) there was nothing more to it.

The big question any sane person would've asked is "why not just play WoW for a better WoW-like experience?". And back when Rift launched, WoW was still boasting 11-12million subs - the MMO wasn't exactly dying or even put on the back foot. People used to reply "well if you're tired of WoW then try Rift" but that's exactly the point, Rift basically IS WoW with a few minor things changed. I think I dropped it within 5 hours of playing, because if people were TRULY bored of WoW the last thing they would want is to play another game so damn similar to it.

Now don't get me wrong because none of what I said above is particularly BAD, as far as I know Rift raiding experiences were nothing short of extremely well done and the patches brought in loads of interesting new content. There was nothing inherently wrong with how much hard work Trion put into their MMO. But...that didn't help it's cause, that didn't help people stick around.

This is the exact same effect that you see when first person shooters try to copy Call of Duty (e.g. what happened to Crysis 2 and Crysis 3). Both those games now have squat-all players, the multiplayer is essentially dead because if people wanted a Call of Duty experience they would play Call of Duty. This is why in BF3 you see at least 80% of the population playing Conquest on massive 64 player maps with vehicles, because it's the polar opposite of what CoD offers.
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i was thinking about Defiance the other day they tried to tie the game and tv show together to me was a bad idea either of them flop can hurt the other. And when the tv show gets canceled the online game servers wont be far behide if not sooner thats why i stayed clear of it if the game ever drops to under 19.99 might be worth the risk.
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I get that Rift was a highly polished MMO upon release, one of the smoothest launches ever and with a nice chunk of players to kickstart it - but I never understood what it was trying to accomplish by being basically 99% similar to WoW in terms of gameplay, interface, controls, combat, etc. Sure it had shinier visuals (or at least, a lot more glistening effects/bloom and duller/realistic colors) but other than that and the concept of rifts (really it was nothing more than a marketing gimmick) there was nothing more to it.

The big question any sane person would've asked is "why not just play WoW for a better WoW-like experience?". And back when Rift launched, WoW was still boasting 11-12million subs - the MMO wasn't exactly dying or even put on the back foot. People used to reply "well if you're tired of WoW then try Rift" but that's exactly the point, Rift basically IS WoW with a few minor things changed. I think I dropped it within 5 hours of playing, because if people were TRULY bored of WoW the last thing they would want is to play another game so damn similar to it.

Now don't get me wrong because none of what I said above is particularly BAD, as far as I know Rift raiding experiences were nothing short of extremely well done and the patches brought in loads of interesting new content. There was nothing inherently wrong with how much hard work Trion put into their MMO. But...that didn't help it's cause, that didn't help people stick around.

This is the exact same effect that you see when first person shooters try to copy Call of Duty (e.g. what happened to Crysis 2 and Crysis 3). Both those games now have squat-all players, the multiplayer is essentially dead because if people wanted a Call of Duty experience they would play Call of Duty. This is why in BF3 you see at least 80% of the population playing Conquest on massive 64 player maps with vehicles, because it's the polar opposite of what CoD offers.
Considering Rift is going f2p while not going completely p2w from the looks of it... Rift will probably be the best f2p MMO out there.

I'm personally having tons of fun in Rift. The layoffs are directly attached to Defiance though.
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won't affect ArcheAge much if at all, as TRION is not developing it.

This is the first I have heard of ArchAge, looks amazing to be quite honest and I am usually a hard sell for an RPG being a FPS guy lol. I really look forward to that release
    
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I sure hope Trion is going to offer refunds if Defiance doesn't cut it in the end. Not going to be too happy if in 6 months to a years time the community is even smaller than it currently is or they just decided to cut and run and shut the game down.
I'd be expecting all my money back although I wouldn't say no to a free upgrade to the collectors edition for Storm legion.
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Considering Rift is going f2p while not going completely p2w from the looks of it... Rift will probably be the best f2p MMO out there.

I'm personally having tons of fun in Rift. The layoffs are directly attached to Defiance though.

What about gw2... you're sure about Rift. I've played Rift... it sucks.
 
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