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Rift: Hartsman Returns to Trion as CEO

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,638MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

UPDATE:

Trion has also confirmed that the San Diego office will be closing and that the Defiance team will be moving to the Redwood City office alongside Trion's other titles. (source: Polygon.com)

"We can confirm that the San Diego studio will be closing," an official statement reads. "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."

In probably the best-kept secret in the industry, Trion Worlds has announced that Scott Hartsman is the new Chief Executive Officer. Hartsman is returning to Trion where he most recently served as the company’s Chief Creative Officer and oversaw the launch of the critically acclaimed and highly successful game Rift.

Scott Hartsman has been appointed CEO for Trion Worlds effective immediately.

In an email to the company, Hartsman stated, “We're going to rapidly be laying the groundwork for a new strategy for 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.”

We'll keep you posted on this developing story as more information is released.

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  • achesomaachesoma Portland, ORPosts: 1,000Member Uncommon
    "...highly successful game Rift."

    That's a bold statement.

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  • marz.at.playmarz.at.play Mississauga, ONPosts: 912Member
    Didn't he leave because RIFT was going F2P and he said he'd never be a part of it...or was that someone else at Trion? Memory is shady.

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  • GarbracGarbrac Brockville, ONPosts: 22Member Uncommon
    People are still playing it, that makes it successful.  
  • davexenodavexeno ScarboroughPosts: 11Member
    He never said that directly Marz.at.play but he never kept it a secret that he disliked the Free2Play model. I have so many mixed feelings now that he's back given the direction of Rift, the nightmare that was Defiance and the confusion that is End of Nations. I dislike the direction Trion has headed, so short term I'm wary, but long term it could really pay off.
  • Awesome news..! He has too much knowledge and experience to makes games unique and enjoyable, thats for sure.
  • kevjardskevjards carlislePosts: 1,463Member
    Originally posted by achesoma
    "...highly successful game Rift."

    That's a bold statement.

    how do you come to the conclusion its not successful..its made a fortune.and just because it doesn't have WOW numbers does that mean its a fail..don't think so.rift is an enjoyable game to a point although its more of the same.has far as I know it made its money back in the first 2 months..from what I heard..development was about 40 million or just around that.on release and after it sold about 2 million copies so that's its money back and profit.

  • steelwindsteelwind Folsom, CAPosts: 345Member Uncommon

    Awesome news!

    Now here's to hoping he can get some momentum behind AA and get it released!

  • syntax42syntax42 Columbus, OHPosts: 1,305Member Uncommon
    Does he shave his eyebrows?  They look a little funny in that picture.
  • JaedorJaedor Denver, COPosts: 1,140Member Uncommon

    Great news!

  • Fish_TacosFish_Tacos LisbonPosts: 19Member

    I think Rift might have some good times ahead. A lot of the new games are moving away from the trinity and into action combat. Rift offers a more "traditional" version of game with tab targeting, raid/gear progression that a lot of players may feel comfortable with. Also, some of the WoW players may move into Rift. I don't know obviously how the Rift ftp numbers are looking, but I think it's possible.

     

    I don't know how Defiance is doing, but I think it is a game with...untapped potential. It can fill a certain gap for SciFi games depending how what direction Trion (and Scott Hartsman) takes its development in future. 

     

     

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  • marz.at.playmarz.at.play Mississauga, ONPosts: 912Member
    Originally posted by davexeno
    He never said that directly Marz.at.play but he never kept it a secret that he disliked the Free2Play model. I have so many mixed feelings now that he's back given the direction of Rift, the nightmare that was Defiance and the confusion that is End of Nations. I dislike the direction Trion has headed, so short term I'm wary, but long term it could really pay off.

    Thanks. Hoping he doesn't mess too much with the F2P model as it's great the way it is.

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  • TorvalTorval Oregon CountryPosts: 7,221Member Uncommon

    Welcome back Scott!  I'm glad you're back with the team.

     

    @Fish - I agree, Rift provides a very oldschool game experience that doesn't feel old.  I have grown quite fond of action-oriented combat, but Rift is still my goto game for the style that it is.  I like its graphics, the gameplay is fun, and I like the community.

    Defiance is also fun, if not a little small. 

  • HanthosHanthos Antelope, CAPosts: 226Member Uncommon
    Maybe now we can get the training wheels lifted off the ArcheAge team and get some traction.
  • MacDeath2013MacDeath2013 NivaPosts: 3Member
    Gratz Scott!  Now work some of your magic on the other Trion games.  Oh, and get Russ and Hal back on board too please. /salute
  • VelshaVelsha West Covina, CAPosts: 20Member

    I truly believe he has the Midas touch, but in a good way.  I'm sure Trion will be reaching new highs with this man in the driver's seat.

    Congrats, Mr. Hartsman!  = )

    -They call me Velsha

  • BearKnightBearKnight Augusta, GAPosts: 461Member
    Originally posted by Garbrac
    People are still playing it, that makes it successful.  

    False

     

    People would still be playing SWG, but it was closed because of a conflict of interest and a lack of money coming in.

     

    Money = Success to the business world. Rift is barely making any money, so they're not really successful.

     

    EvE on the other hand, is making hand over fist with about 500,000 subscribers paying $15/month. So yea.....

  • BillMurphyBillMurphy Managing Editor Berea, OHPosts: 2,371MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon
    Originally posted by BearKnight
    Originally posted by Garbrac
    People are still playing it, that makes it successful.  

    False.

    I have to put this here, because this is what you made me think of.  :)

  • NephaeriusNephaerius Baltimore, MDPosts: 1,539Member Uncommon
    This is a really strange and surprising move......

    Steam: Neph

  • orbitxoorbitxo fort lauderdale, FLPosts: 1,410Member Uncommon
    hope he par takes in Defiance! its greatly need for a proper Creative lead.
  • ste2000ste2000 londonPosts: 4,706Member Uncommon

    I never understood why Trion moved away from MMORPGs

    Defiance and End of Nation bombed spectacularly, I didn't have any doubt about it

    So with Hartsman is back to the MMORPGs roots then...................... good.

     

    Make sure Archeage is a winner.............and no swimwear and cars pls.

  • SirFubarSirFubar SeoulPosts: 397Member
    Originally posted by BearKnight
    Originally posted by Garbrac
    People are still playing it, that makes it successful.  

    False

     

    People would still be playing SWG, but it was closed because of a conflict of interest and a lack of money coming in.

     

    Money = Success to the business world. Rift is barely making any money, so they're not really successful.

     

    EvE on the other hand, is making hand over fist with about 500,000 subscribers paying $15/month. So yea.....

    Rift barely making any money? It was a sub game for a long time and now that its F2P, people are spending on the cash shop every single day. So you're totally wrong here.

    About EvE, you really think everyone pay for their sub in EvE? You know you can get your sub for free by buying PLEX from other players? Again, you're still wrong about EvE.

    So yeah, again another clueless guy with false information.

     

  • botrytisbotrytis In Flux, MIPosts: 2,567Member
    Originally posted by SirFubar
    Originally posted by BearKnight
    Originally posted by Garbrac
    People are still playing it, that makes it successful.  

    False

     

    People would still be playing SWG, but it was closed because of a conflict of interest and a lack of money coming in.

     

    Money = Success to the business world. Rift is barely making any money, so they're not really successful.

     

    EvE on the other hand, is making hand over fist with about 500,000 subscribers paying $15/month. So yea.....

    Rift barely making any money? It was a sub game for a long time and now that its F2P, people are spending on the cash shop every single day. So you're totally wrong here.

    About EvE, you really think everyone pay for their sub in EvE? You know you can get your sub for free by buying PLEX from other players? Again, you're still wrong about EvE.

    So yeah, again another clueless guy with false information.

     

    A long time? 2 years max and that is not that long - long is WoW.

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  • MyriaMyria Lowell, MAPosts: 570Member Uncommon

    Trion Worlds shuts down San Diego office

     

    Interesting times indeed.

  • aspekxaspekx Brandon, FLPosts: 2,167Member
    Originally posted by achesoma
    "...highly successful game Rift."

    That's a bold statement.

    you forgot "critically acclaimed", which of course makes "highly successful" pale in comparison.

     

    i partly jest of course, im a fan of Rift and their incredible f2p model. its a solid game with a devoted team and a community that you can't find many other places.

     

    but still, im not someone who would attach the phrases: "critically acclaimed" and "highly successful" to Rift.

    "There are at least two kinds of games.
    One could be called finite, the other infinite.
    A finite game is played for the purpose of winning,
    an infinite game for the purpose of continuing play."
    Finite and Infinite Games, James Carse

  • aspekxaspekx Brandon, FLPosts: 2,167Member
    Originally posted by botrytis
    Originally posted by SirFubar
    Originally posted by BearKnight
    Originally posted by Garbrac
    People are still playing it, that makes it successful.  

     

     

     

    that is not that long - long is WoW.

    that's what he said.

    "There are at least two kinds of games.
    One could be called finite, the other infinite.
    A finite game is played for the purpose of winning,
    an infinite game for the purpose of continuing play."
    Finite and Infinite Games, James Carse

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