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Ex- Rift  lead returns to Trion as head of company
Ex-Rift lead returns to Trion as head of company
August 8, 2013 | By Kris Ligman

August 8, 2013 | By Kris Ligman
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Scott Hartsman departed Rift and Defiance developer Trion Worlds in January, following a spate of layoffs. Months down the road with further layoffs, Hartsman spoke critically of his former company, saying:

"This model of game making is so fundamentally broken.

We're approaching the point at which AAA projects need to be blockbusters just to sustain everyone in the ecosystem... That's what's broken."

All of that appears to be water under the bridge now, as Trion Worlds announced this morning that Hartsman is back with the company as its new chief executive officer, "effective immediately."

Outgoing CEO and Trion Worlds co-founder Lars Buttler remains attached to the studio as a member of the board, a Trion representative was able to confirm for Gamasutra. However, his new role has not yet been defined.

In an email to the company, Hartsman said: "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."


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Joseph Legemah
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no more f2p for them.

Mike Griffin
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I quite enjoyed Rift for a stretch of time, and it was pretty much during the period that Hartsman was running the game -- probably at the height of its success, back then. He was a good manager, and great at interacting with his player base. Perhaps he's the right man to fix Trion.

Todd Boyd
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I loved Rift when it came out, and for months on end afterward. I, like you, am hoping he can bring them back into the limelight.

(Also love the GW avatar, BTW)


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