Trion World Network president departs unexpectedly

Trion World Network president departs unexpectedly

By Rob Crossley

April 23rd 2009 at 9:24AM

Van Caneghem 'transitioned out' as rumours of disorder at the publisher continue

Trion World Network has released a statement confirming that the group’s President and Chief Creative Officer has been “transitioned out”, fanning speculation that behind company doors the group is going through a turbulent period.

Joystiq reports receiving an “inflammatory” tip in regards to the current state of the publisher, as an official announcement confirms that Jon Van Caneghem “no longer holds any operational responsibilities at Trion”.

The statement described Van Caneghem’s departure as “part of the natural evolution of the growing company”. Trion said it will “always rely” on the paradigm that great games need both great processes as well as great teams.

Trion has so far raised over $100 million since its formation in 2006. The group currently has its first two projects in development; one a fantasy MMO developed in partnership with the Sci-Fi Channel, the other a MMORPG with Van Caneghem as project head.

“JVC” – as the publisher names him – did not provide any comment in the company statement. His responsibilities will be spread across a senior team.