Update: Amid the somber information, Runic Games co-founder Travis Baldree has launched a fact-filled Twitter thread to have a good time the studio’s nine-year historical past. Here are some highlights:
[2/?] Runic Games was first registered as ‘Surprise Truck’ and I obtained many calls asking if ‘Surprise Trucking’ might do a cross-country transfer.November three, 2017
[7/?] The first Torchlight prototype concerned a check mannequin that appeared remarkably like Jesus, twin wielding swords.November three, 2017
[11/?] Torchlight 1 was made in 11 months, if we’re beneficiant. There was quite a lot of OMGSTARTINGACOMPANY in there.November three, 2017
The official Runic Games Twitter supplied a strong follow-up badertion:
pic.twitter.com/MxmkiC1cyONovember three, 2017
Earlier as we speak, Gigantic developer Motiga was shut down by its China-based writer, Perfect World. In a press release, Motiga chief govt Chris Chung mentioned “Motiga is not the only Perfect World studio being impacted by the decision.” We now know his warning was dead-on: Perfect World has additionally shut down Torchlight 2 and Hob developer Runic Games.
In a press release to Kotaku, Perfect World mentioned:
“Perfect World Entertainment just lately closed the Seattle workplace of Runic Games as a part of the corporate’s continued technique to give attention to on-line video games as a service. We’re grateful to the staff for all of their laborious work bringing unimaginable experiences like Torchlight, Torchlight 2 and Hob to life. Runic Games will stay part of Perfect World Entertainment’s portfolio of studios, and its video games will proceed to be out there to gamers, as we keep dedicated to supporting and rising Runic Games’ beloved franchises.
“The employees discount at Motiga and the closure of Runic Games Seattle had been unrelated. Perfect World Entertainment stands dedicated to delivering the very best mbadively multiplayer on-line gameplay experiences to our gamers.”
We reached out to Runic Games PR supervisor Wonder Russell, who confirmed the closure through electronic mail. Runic head Marsh Lefler addressed the studio’s future in a weblog publish.
“I’m sorry to say that as we speak will probably be Runic’s final day open,” Lefler writes. “Our focus is on our household right here, and serving to them discover a new place to name residence. If you’re in video games and searching for a number of the greatest expertise within the business, please electronic mail [email protected]
“For people who love the Torchlight sequence, there will probably be some information coming. And for all our followers, our neighborhood and multiplayer providers will preserve operating even after the studio’s lights go off.
“It has been an incredible expertise. To my household right here at Runic, I do know we received’t be removed from one another, and I’ll miss seeing you all each week. You haven’t heard the final of us.”
Additionally, in keeping with neighborhood supervisor Brian Ward, the Runic Games Discord server will stay open “for the foreseeable future.”
“Our video games will proceed to be supported by Perfect World going into the longer term they usually’ll have extra information on that quickly,” Ward added.
As beforehand reported, Perfect World acquired Runic Games in 2010. It additionally owns Cryptic Studios, developer of City of Heroes and Star Trek Online.