While this is not Diablo or Blizzard news I thought I would share with you as Runic Games has historic ties with the Diablo franchise. Sadly, today the Torchlight and HOB developer has been closed down.
Runic Games was founded in 2008 by Blizzard North co-founders Max Schaefer and Erich Schaefer along with Fate creator Travis Baldree. They released the ARPG Torchlight series to critical acclaim and I’m sure many of you have played it. In 2010 Perfect World bought a controlling stake in Runic Games for a reported $8.4 million USD.
Today Perfect World not only shut down Gigantic developer Motiga but also Runic Games as part of their “company’s continued strategy to focus on online games as a service”.
Studio Head Marsh Lefter issued a statement on the Runic site this evening.
It’s been over nine years since a rag-tag team of 17 developers helped open Runic Games. We’ve been so lucky for the community that has supported us and made us successful. Thanks to that support, we have had the chance to meet and work with the best people in the world. 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. If you are in games and looking for some of the best talent in the industry, please email [email protected].
For those that love the Torchlight series, there will be some news coming. And for all our fans, our community and multiplayer services will keep running even after the studio’s lights go off.
It has been an amazing experience. 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.
This is sad news for Runic, their latest games HOB was really good. From all us here at Diabloii.Net we wish everyone at Runic the best of luck. Let’s hope they get a new studio up and running.
Thanks PC Invasion.