Hob and Torchlight developer Runic Games has been closed

Joanna Estrada
November 4, 2017

Chinese publisher Perfect World has shut down both Runic Games and downsized developer Motiga according to a report from Destructoid, with Motiga founder and CEO Chris Chung confirming that the 50-person studio has been shut down that was a "budgetary decision at the highest level" from Perfect World.

"I'm sorry to say that today will be Runic's last day open". Lefler did not mention Perfect World, instead using his note to thank the Runic's other 16 founding developers and the rest of the team for almost a decade of hard work. Runic's latest game, the single-player action adventure game Hob, released just over a month ago. OnlySP's Robin Brinkworth scored the game as a Credit in his review, saying that it is a "great game, bringing fun, challenging puzzles, tricky combat, and a attractive world into one effective package".

Lefler noted that "community and multiplayer services will keep running even after the studio's lights go off", and added that news about the Torchlight series is forthcoming. The third title from developer Runic Games, Hob is being developed for PC and console, featuring smooth controller gameplay, multi-layered puzzles, and striking visuals.

Runic Games was formed in 2008 by former Flagship Studios devs, who previously worked on hit titles such as Diablo, Diablo II, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, Fate, Hellgate: London and Mythos. To my family here at Runic, I know we won't be far from each other, and I'll miss seeing you all every week. Runic Games will remain a part of Perfect World Entertainment's portfolio of studios, and its games will continue to be available to players, as we stay committed to supporting and growing Runic Games' beloved franchises. We can not thank everyone enough for their contributions in making enormous the outstanding experience it is today.

Perfect World did not provide a reason for the lay-offs at Motiga, but noted that a "core team" of developers would remain at the studio, and that free-to-play shooter big will "continue to be available on our platforms". Runic's Torchlight, Torchlight II, and the recently released Hob will remain available.

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