We're hearing of big layoffs at Trion Worlds, the company behind big online games like Rift and Defiance.
One person connected to the company tells us that the layoffs have affected over 100 people, and that they were triggered by the underwhelming performances of both Defiance and Rift's first expansion, Storm Legion.
The layoffs affect about 70% of the company, according to that person. (A second source tells us that the percentage is off base, but that yes, around 100 people were laid off.)
IGN reports that employees are being escorted out of the building and that some severance packages may be denied. (UPDATE: A Trion representative tells us this isn't true, and that the layoff numbers have been exaggerated. However, they would not tell us how many people were laid off.)
Just a few days ago, Trion announced that Rift would go free-to-play. But Defiance, the sci-fi experiment that consists of both an MMO and a television show, was just renewed for a second season.