Veteran Online Executive Nathan Richardsson to lead Defiance

Trion Worlds, the leading publisher and developer of premium games for the connected era, announced today that online gaming veteran executive, Nathan Richardsson, has joined the company as Vice President of Development and Executive Producer on the upcoming multi-platform massive online third-person shooter, Defiance. Formerly of CCP Games, Nathan joins Trion with unparalleled experience in executive production roles on some of the top massive online games of the past decade, including EVE Online, World of Darkness, and most recently Dust 514.
Nick Beliaeff, Trion’s SVP of Development said:
“Nathan comes to us with an established legacy of success in the online gaming space. In terms of ambition and scope, Defiance is unlike any other entertainment undertaking currently in development. Nathan’s excellent experience and dedication to launching, maintaining and growing innovative online games makes him the perfect person to helm this unprecedented project.”
Richardsson added:
“Trion is an incredibly dynamic company and is already leading a revolution in the online gaming space. Defiance is the future of entertainment, and the collaboration between Trion and Syfy means you have two powerhouses blazing a trail that will fundamentally change the way both gamers and viewers consume entertainment. It’s amazingly ambitious and exactly the kind of immense challenge that I’ve been looking for.”
Richardsson responsibilities will include leading the collaboration between the Trion development team and Syfy, while driving the overall creative direction of the game through launch. He brings more than a decade of production experience and a passion for helming massive online game development. While at CCP, Richardsson drove Senior and Executive production and product management of a global team of 400 people with stakeholders from all divisions within as well as external partners to establish and continuously revise product strategy, vision and direction. Richardsson will report to Nick Beliaeff, SVP of Development.
In Defiance players and viewers are introduced to a world where humans and aliens try to make a new life together on a planet ravaged by decades of conflict. The game combines the intense action of a third-person shooter with the persistence, scale, and customization of an MMO, while its TV counterpart exudes the scope, story, and character-driven drama of a classic science fiction epic. Because they exist in a single universe, the show and the game will influence each other and evolve together over time, with actions in both mediums driving the overall story of Defiance.