No Torchlight 3… Here’s Hob!


hob-title1The guys at Runic Games just revealed a new upcoming action/puzzle game called Hob. Runic Games, co-founded by Diablo co-creators Max and Erich Schaefer, was previously best known for creating the Diablo-type Torchlight games. Their new game Hob is reminiscent of Zelda type exploration puzzle solving titles, and does not include the endless clicking combat of an ARPG.

So why Hob instead of Torchlight 3? An article on IGN addresses that question:

“We’re just burnt out,” Runic Games President Marsh Lefler told IGN when asked why the team made Hob instead of Torchlight 3. “Let’s admit it, Diablo 3 is killing it right now. Diablo 3 is a really fun game. Not that Torchlight 2 isn’t a fun game, it is, but it’s just different. For us to try to compete with Diablo 3? We weren’t trying to compete before.”

Lefler added that Diablo and Torchlight were different kinds of action RPGs, and that after a decade of making dungeon-crawlers, “we just needed a little break” to focus on “something we love” that’s even more different.

The demos and gameplay footage of Hob look very cool and very different than anything Diablo-style, so it’s interesting to see the guys going in a new direction. The official site is here, and check out the video below for lots of game footage with audio of an interview with Marsh Lefler.

Thanks to Arseniy for the news tip.

Tagged As: | Categories: Other Games, Torchlight, Torchlight 2

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  1. I've been following the development of this and it looks awesome.  I love the visual style to it and also, if I heard it right, Matt Uelmen will be doing the music.

  2. The whole FATE series that Torchlight capped off just felt a little stiff and underpolished to me. Fun for a while, but not something I could get into long-term. Still, I hope whatever this thing is does well, more choices is never bad.

  3. So this is Diablo news now?

    • Considering two of the original Diablo creators are at the root of it, and that the composer for it is the same who composed for the first two Diablo games, yes. Given the long-standing Diablo community that this site has I’d assume many readers would be interested in this sort of news.

      • I like to hear about stuff the original guys are doing over at runic for sure, it's just a news bit. Don't like it scroll for half a second  =)

    • Read the news — somehow it's about Diablo 3 too.

  4. Honestly this seems like exactly the same game Runic has been making. 1.  Beautiful graphics.2.  Creative and innovative.3.  Hardly any thought to social tools / multiplayer.Its extremely difficult to make a commercially successful game without strong social tools.  And when you hear the guy from Runic talk, there's just no recognition of that.  Torchlight 2 was a extremely good game but the social tools were beyond awful.I've seen tons and tons of great games with a lot of innovation and skill come out that went nowhere because it forgot the human element.  Hard to get excited for yet another one.

  5. ok, go back to diablo 🙂

  6. what a stupid looking game!!
    TL and TL II were great games , but is just awefull.
    Where is the open world TL (mmo) they spoke off
    Really a waste of time and money !

  7. With the money they raked in on the Torchlight games, one would think they would have time and money to develop a more professional hack & slash game, but instead they do this because they are burnt out and don't want to compete with Diablo 3? I think it's a mistake, and I don't think this game will sell so well. Now people who don't like Diablo 3, will have even less choice the coming years.

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