RIFT Executive Producer Scott Hartsman Leaves Trion

Scott Hartsman has stepped down from his position as Executive Producer of RIFT at Trion and is leaving the company.

This news came via a post on the the RIFT forums by Director of Community Dahanese. Hartsman’s message to RIFT fans reads:

I wanted to let you know that I’m stepping down from my position here at Trion. It’s been an amazing time, working with some of the best developers anywhere, getting the company’s first game off the ground, taking it all the way through a multitude of amazing updates, then to Storm Legion, and even a little bit beyond.

Thanks for all of your support and dedication throughout.

The good news is that if you enjoy what’s been going on in RIFT lately, the folks who are now in charge are the same ones who have been making all of the game-impacting decisions, both to content and gameplay, for some time now. You’ll definitely be hearing from Bill Fisher, the lead game designer soon with some exciting updates. They love and play the game a lot as well and I feel strongly that RIFT couldn’t be in better hands.

This time at Trion has truly been an amazing journey. It’s been my great privilege to have been a part of it.

And I’ll still see you in RIFT.
Scott Hartsman

What the future has in store for Hartsman is unknown, as well as who will be taking over the Executive Producer role. However, speculation suggests a transition to free-to-play is more likely than ever now for RIFT, given Hartsman was an opponent to the shift.

via Massively

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