Trion Worlds, makers of franchises such as Archeage, Rift, and Altas Reactor, have announced mass layoffs at the company as a result of their acquisition by German-based publisher Gamigo. Gamigo publishes browser-based games as well as fully 3D titles, many of which are financed through cosmetic microtransactions and loot boxes. Gamigo acquired the studio very quickly, without any hint that the buyout was coming, and most of Trion’s staff has been axed following the acquisition.
In a statement released on their forums, Trion Games assured fans that their games would continue to be made and supported, but that “others will not be making this journey”.
“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”
The studio had approximately 200 employees before the buyout which was revealed on 22 October 2018, and according to reports by Gamasutra had seen over 150 employees laid off on the same day as the announcement. All employees had to sign off on their projects and leave before the close of business that same day.
However, a report from TSS Gaming said that employees were going to be given their severance packages and any outstanding payments for unclaimed vacation or leave days. This isn’t going to turn into the same sad tale of Telltale Games, thankfully.