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Trion Worlds eliminates 15 positions post-Defiance 2050 launch

MMO studio says round of layoffs necessary to enable continued development on upcoming projects

Trion Worlds has instituted a round of layoffs, eliminating 15 positions at the studio. This occurred just ten days after the developer launched its updated version of free-to-play online shooter Defiance 2050.

"We've had to make the difficult decision to eliminate 15 positions throughout the company," the company said in an official statement to GamesBeat. "We are extremely grateful for those who have been impacted for their hard work and contributions to Trion Worlds, and will be offering each of them severance benefits and job placement assistance.

"This is not related to the performance of the individuals affected nor of Trion Worlds as a whole, but was necessary to enable us to develop the upcoming projects that we have planned in the best ways possible."

Trion Worlds has been responsible for titles such as multiplayer tactics game Atlas Reactor and MMOs such as Rift, Trove, and End of Nations. The studio recently acquired all assets of Marvel Heroes developer Gazillion Entertainment, several months after the latter studio shut down. Trion intends to use those assets to expand its third-party development partnerships and publishing portfolio.

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