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  SBFord

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OP  3/04/13 7:32:50 AM#1

Trion Worlds' Hal Hanlin has, according to his Facebook page, left Trion Worlds and is now the Lead Producer at social games giant, Zynga. Hanlin had worked for Trion Worlds since 2008.

Thanks to Coolit for the tip!

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  azzamasin

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3/04/13 7:34:22 AM#2
First Scott and now Hal, something tells me Trion is not doing well and this doesn't bode well for ArchAge.

If your idea of a Sandbox is open FFA Full Loot PvP, full crafted world with minimal support for anything combat then your sandbox ideas are bad! Sandbox means open world, non-linear gaming PERIOD!

  Seelinnikoi

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3/04/13 7:37:21 AM#3
I think Rift reached it's peak and from now on its full downhill... sad.
  Pivotelite

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3/04/13 7:38:06 AM#4
Any day now... waiting on the Rift F2P announcement.

  Ppiper

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3/04/13 7:44:09 AM#5
with so many talented people who have already left Zynga, I'm surprised they can attract any kind of talent. Maybe it's with so many openings at Zynga, there's short term money to be made. Seriously, Zynga may be the worst managed company in the US. I follow them on Stock Twits daily to see the latest disasters occur daily. 
  Luxatria

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3/04/13 7:51:06 AM#6
I don't think these guys leaving Trion will reflect upon other games. They were there for Rift.. so if anything it's Rift that isn't doing so well these days.
  User Deleted
3/04/13 7:51:15 AM#7
As Trion moves from production to publishing, it makes sense that Dev talent would swim to warmer waters.
  BillMurphy

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3/04/13 8:03:29 AM#8
Hal is one of the nicest and funniest people I've met in my MMO work over the years. Very sad to hear he's left Trion.
  FARGIN_WAR

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3/04/13 8:14:02 AM#9
Logged into the game on saturday to see if it felt worth trying out the Storm Legion expansion. Every server I had charcters on were ghost towns. I'm thinking that the expansion didn't go over as well as hoped and this is just fall out from that. Its also possible that Trion is shifting its focus to Defiance and Aion so there isn't much for the Rift crew to do.

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  Lobotomist

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3/04/13 8:23:03 AM#10

Themepark P2P MMO is thing of past. Nobody can not pull it anymore.

Trion really did wonders and is probably best MMO company aside from Turbine - but the shit simply can not fly...

 

ps

Want proof ? Just log into SWTOR , i bet their population quadrupaled at least - and most of players I talked with are subscripbers too.

 

  Siug

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3/04/13 8:32:09 AM#11
I just hope that Trion is doing well. They seemed to work with real passion when I played Rift.
  FARGIN_WAR

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3/04/13 8:35:18 AM#12
Originally posted by Lobotomist

Themepark P2P MMO is thing of past. Nobody can not pull it anymore.

Trion really did wonders and is probably best MMO company aside from Turbine - but the shit simply can not fly...

 

ps

Want proof ? Just log into SWTOR , i bet their population quadrupaled at least - and most of players I talked with are subscripbers too.

 

Wait what? So people being subscribers in a Themepark MMO is proof that the P2P MMO is a thing of the past?

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  Sciva

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3/04/13 9:05:21 AM#13
Mind bogling as to why you would go from working for a company like Trion then someone with a reputation like Zynga.
  Nadia

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3/04/13 9:29:08 AM#14
Originally posted by Lobotomist
 
 log into SWTOR , i bet their population quadrupaled at least - and most of players I talked with are subscribers too.

offtopic but commmenting anyhow

 

if SWTOR subs are on the rise -- it was not discussed in the recent financials

http://www.joystiq.com/2013/01/31/ea-posts-45-million-net-loss-in-q3-reduces-revenue-forecast/

 

i did not see SWTOR mentioned at all

http://files.shareholder.com/downloads/ERTS/2297885214x0x631760/1b17f86a-b47b-44bc-aeb5-8efd05713573/Q3FY13_Earnings_Release_FINAL.pdf

  Torvaldr

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3/04/13 9:37:34 AM#15
I could sort of understand Scott moving on.  He seems like an idea guy and a framework setter.  Hal seems like a really nice guy and a great influence at Trion.  I think Zynga is getting a great asset with this guy.  I wish him luck and I hope he brings a fresh perspective to social gaming.  It would be cool to see that platform move to the next level.

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  f0dell54

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3/04/13 9:37:41 AM#16
Originally posted by Nadia
Originally posted by Lobotomist
 
 log into SWTOR , i bet their population quadrupaled at least - and most of players I talked with are subscribers too.

offtopic but commmenting anyhow

 

if SWTOR subs are on the rise -- it was not discussed in the recent financials

http://www.joystiq.com/2013/01/31/ea-posts-45-million-net-loss-in-q3-reduces-revenue-forecast/

 

i did not see SWTOR mentioned at all

http://files.shareholder.com/downloads/ERTS/2297885214x0x631760/1b17f86a-b47b-44bc-aeb5-8efd05713573/Q3FY13_Earnings_Release_FINAL.pdf

 

It's because it's not true. It's just another opinion thrown around on this site stated as fact.

  Rthuth434

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3/04/13 9:40:30 AM#17
Originally posted by Torvaldr
I could sort of understand Scott moving on.  He seems like an idea guy and a framework setter.  Hal seems like a really nice guy and a great influence at Trion.  I think Zynga is getting a great asset with this guy.  I wish him luck and I hope he brings a fresh perspective to social gaming.  It would be cool to see that platform move to the next level.

i take it as a sign that SL will be their last expansion for a while.

  Purutzil

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3/04/13 1:59:02 PM#18

EH I have a feeling a lot of this moving is mostly due to the fact Trion is probably not fixating on making games as much. They are launching quite a few games now, of which a couple they have made themselves. There is a good probability that they are less focused upon creating new games and are more so in a less active production cycle. With a focus seeming to be on acting as a publisher more recently with games like archage, I have a feeling they are toning down game development and focusing more on adding content to running games.

I still believe they might have projects in the pipeline, just I suspect its likely just 1 project instead of multiple projects. 

  Volgore

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3/04/13 2:13:18 PM#19

Looks like on the official forums they again deleted threads in which the players discussed the many writings on the wall and voiced their concerns about Rift's future.

 

  Volgore

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3/04/13 2:15:53 PM#20
Originally posted by Rthuth434
Originally posted by Torvaldr
I could sort of understand Scott moving on.  He seems like an idea guy and a framework setter.  Hal seems like a really nice guy and a great influence at Trion.  I think Zynga is getting a great asset with this guy.  I wish him luck and I hope he brings a fresh perspective to social gaming.  It would be cool to see that platform move to the next level.

i take it as a sign that SL will be their last expansion for a while.

Wasn't there a hint towards another expansion to come around Rift's 3yr mark in a recent video?

I haven't seen it myself, but people talked about it on the forums.

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