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Torchlight developer Runic Games has shut down

06 November 2017, 03:16 | Patty Hardy

Dan the Funemployed @MO_Soundz

Dan the Funemployed

Torchlight I and Torchlight II developer Runic games, along with the developer of Gigantic, Motiga, have both been affected by Perfect World Entertainment, with the former being completely shut down and the latter being reduced to just a core support staff.

Runic Games had plans to make a Torchlight MMO before Perfect World purchased an $8.4 million stake in the studio, buying them outright in the process. 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.

Probably the most questionable part about all of this is Perfect World Entertainment's announcement that they will continue selling the games, and that they are retaining a "core team" to handle further development of very big. Thanks to that support, we have had the chance to meet and work with the best people in the world.

Runic is the second studio to be shuttered by its parent company, Chinese publisher Perfect World Entertainment. If you are in games and looking for some of the best talent in the industry, please email jobs@runicgames.com.

Lefler also teased that some "news" for Torchlight fans would be "coming" and that their multiplayer services will remain online despite the studio's closure.

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I remember spending countless hours lanning Torchlight 2 a couple years back - it's a pity to see that chemistry come to an end.

It has been an wonderful experience. We're grateful to the team for all of their hard work bringing incredible experiences like Torchlight, Torchlight II and Hob to life.

A follow-up statement from a Perfect World representative to IGN explained that while Motiga has had a significant portion of its employees reduced, the company explained that its title big will remain playable on all available platforms with "a core team of developers" remaining with the company.

The team did release a heartfelt farewell notice, reminiscing on the development the members of the studio have undergone through the 9 years of it being open.

In a flawless world, this perhaps wouldn't be happening, but as a majority stakeholder, the Chinese publisher does have the final say.



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