A dark cloud fell upon the industry today as Runic Games, the developers of Hob and the Torchlight series, announced that they are shuttering up shop for good, spelling the end of a nine-year journey for the small Seattle-based team.
In a statement to the community, studio head Marsh Lefler lamented that, ‘Our team here at Runic has released three successful games, and over that time we have seen many changes; team members got married, kids were born, but the most important thing is that we have become a family. I’m sorry to say that today will be Runic’s last day open. Our focus is on our family here, and helping them find a new place to call home.’
It’s always heart-breaking when a developer, especially one as loved and as talented as Runic, have to close their doors. What the future holds for the now-defunct team is hard to say, though fans of the Torchlight series will rejoice in the knowledge that there will be news relating to the future of the beloved franchise coming very soon.
The closure of Runic marks a swath of layoffs instigated by the Chinese publisher Perfect World, with Motiga, developers of the hero shooter Gigantic, being another casualty.
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