Buried in the brouhaha that is the latest round of Trion
layoffs was the opinion of former RIFT
producer Scott Hartsman
. The MMO industry veteran offered his sympathies on Twitter and also offered to help affected former employees with job intros and the like.
Hartsman also hinted at his views on current industry trends, saying that "this model of gamemaking is so fundamentally broken
." Given the limitations of Twitter and fact that Hartsman didn't elaborate, it's hard to know exactly what he meant, though we can extrapolate based on his prior positions on F2P and the context surrounding the Trion situation.
What about you, Massively readers? Do you agree with Hartsman? Is this model of MMO gamemaking fundamentally broken?
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