Trion Worlds, the developers behind Defiance 2050 and Rift, have suffered massive layoffs - in fact the "vast majority" of staff have reportedly been let go. The Trion Worlds layoffs follow a buyout of the studio by F2P game publisher Gamigo.
An official statement from the developer on their forums confirms that "a transaction involving Trion Worlds and its games" has taken place, and that layoffs at Trion did happen.
There's currently no news about the fate of Defiance 2050, Rift or Trion's other games, although the statement says that "we’d like to assure our communities that the games will continue on in capable hands moving forward, as everyone involved is aiming to make this transition as smooth as possible for you."
As for the layoffs, a source closed to the story's original reporter Gamasutra claims that the "vast majority" of staff were laid off - leaving only around 25 employees at the developer, which previously housed over 200.
Trion's latest game was Defiance 2050, released earlier this year, which was an improved re-release of their earlier Defiance - although many players didn't see it that way, if the "mostly negative" score on Steam is any indication. We've got a lot of features on the game to help you get started playing it, if you want to try it - such as how to get reputation points, how to enhance weapons, and how to get Ark keys.