Even if Defiance Scy-Fy TV show was a big success in the ratings and was recently approved for its second season, Defiance MMO is not doing so great. Trion Wolrds announced that chief executive Lars Buttler was replaced and the San Diego game studio that made Defiance was shut down.
Scott Hartsman, the company’s former chief creative officer, who departed the company in January, had returned to the company as CEO. We don’t know if the closure was decided before the management shift or if it was the result of these changes.
As Gamasutra reported: “We’re going to rapidly be laying the groundwork for a new strategy at Trion — one that’s closer to the foundation of how we’ve had our wins so far, and then extending that base into the enduring success this company can, and will, be.” said Hartsman in an email to the company.
In an official statement Katie Uhlmam, Senior Director of Global Communications confirmed this closure and the movement to Redwood City studio.
“We can confirm that the San Diego studio will be closing. The day to day operations of Defiance will be moved to our Redwood City studio where it can be managed alongside Rift and our other in development titles including ArcheAge and End of Nations. As part of this transition, we are working hard to ensure that a number of great people will be making the move from San Diego to the Bay Area and continue their work at Trion.”
Now the Redwood City studio will manage Defiance alongside free-to-play MMORPG Rift. Trion Worlds is also preparing two new titles: End of Nations, a former real-time strategy game that was recently turned into a MOBA game and ArcheAge, one of the most anticipated MMORPGs for 2013/2014, developed by XLGames and currently live in Korea.