Not that there was any doubt to its veracity, but the news of two days ago has been official confirmed: gamigo has acquired the “major assets” of Trion Worlds, giving the German publisher “full publishing rights” to the American developer’s IPs and games.
The press release announcing the transaction is full of the usual business-speak, including talk of “strengthen[ing] gamigo’s position in the European and American gaming market” to “unlock substantial synergies” and “benefit from the remarkable growth potential that the gaming market offers.” The acquisition is expected to add $18 million to gamigo’s revenue, “following the restructuring and integration of Trion” — a process that, as indicated by the massive layoffs at Trion Worlds, has apparently already begun.
An interesting point, however, is that one game is left out of the announcement, which describes Trion and the sale as:
publisher and developer of online and console MMO-games, well-known games such as Rift, Defiance, Trove and ArcheAge in its portfolio. Trion was acquired via an “Assignment for the Benefit of the Creditors” process, in which the buyer only buys those assets, with which he wishes to continue the business.
Notice something missing there? Atlas Reactor isn’t named as one of Trion’s games, so it may not be one of the “assets” that gamigo “wishes to continue.” I originally thought that two of Trion’s games were in trouble, but, judging by this wording, maybe Defiance will survive the transition, while Atlas Reactor is headed for the scrap heap.