Trion Worlds has let go a significant amount of Defiance developers.
Even though Defiance seems to be doing okay, what with a million users registering to play and a second season of the TV show already green lit, it looks as though Trion Worlds, the developer behind the game, is transitioning in to their post-launch phase by laying off a large number of staff.
"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," said Trion.
Trion didn't say who or how many people have been laid off on the Defiance team, but they did say that most of the layoffs took place at their San Diego studio, where the development of Defiance took place.
As for the RIFT development team, they weren't affected at all by the layoffs. In fact, they're going to be working harder than ever now that RIFT free-to-play is launching in June.