Trion Worlds, developer of the MMO tie-in to Syfy's Defiance show, has been hit with a round of redundancies today.
The studio has confirmed the layoffs with the following statement:
"To best position Trion in a rapidly changing industry, we have reorganized our teams and are expanding our free to play offering. With Defiance, we delivered a great game that more than one million gamers registered to play and continue to enjoy. As we progress from launch to ongoing development of the game, we are adjusting our staffing levels to deliver new content and improved features. RIFT, and our other titles in development, were unaffected by these changes. We are very much looking forward to the free to play release of RIFT and are excited by the other new titles currently in development."
While IGN 'sources' claimed that the layoffs have affected 'as many as 80 per cent' of staff, a studio rep has said that those reports are "exaggerated". They also said that claims of employees being escorted from the building and refused severance pay are "100 per cent false".
This is the second round of layoffs to hit the studio in six months, following cuts in December 2012 which were believed to have affected around 40 developers.
Trion Worlds, best known for the 2006-released MMO Rift, launched its Defiance tie-in MMO in April 2013 on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC to mixed reviews.