Official word broke on October 22nd that Trion Worlds, publisher of MMO titles Atlas Reactor, Trove, Rift, Defiance, and ArcheAge, had been purchased. Unconfirmed reports point to Gamigo as the buyer and that as few as 25 employees remain. Word has it that the Redwood City, California and Austin, Texas offices have been all but shuttered.
Nevertheless, the only official statement we’ve seen goes on to say that all of Trion’s games will somehow carry on. From a post on the Rift forums, Trion employee TrionBrasse shared the following statement from the studio:
Greetings — We can confirm that there has been a transaction involving Trion Worlds and its games.
While many of the names and faces you’ve come to know in our studios will remain on through this transition, others will not be making the journey. To those who are leaving us, we are forever grateful for your incredible work and contributions over the years.
We’d like to assure our communities that the games will continue on in capable hands moving forward, as everyone involved is aiming to make this transition as smooth as possible for you. We will have more information to reveal as soon as we possibly can.
From the bottom of all of our hearts, we thank you for your time and dedication to our games and hope that you’ve enjoyed the experience as much as we have. From spending time with you in game, to seeing you at conventions, to talking with you on livestreams and forums, it’s been our pleasure to be a part of this exceptional community with you since our first launch more than seven years ago.
Please know that you have our deepest gratitude. As for our games, we hope you continue to enjoy playing them far into the future!
The Trion Worlds Team
So far, nothing has changed with Trion’s games but there’s almost no way that they won’t be affected. If 25 staff members are actually all that remains there probably won’t be any new content for these games and they’ll be on life support until the plug is finally pulled. For now it’s a wait-and-see situation but be assured that all of Trion’s games are officially on the Watch List.