No Torchlight 3... Here's Hob!



The 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.
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Diabloii.Net Member
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.


Diabloii.Net Member
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.


IncGamers Member
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 =)


Diabloii.Net Member
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.


Diabloii.Net Member
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.


Diabloii.Net Member
@Mack The only ARPG I've found so far that is as fun or more fun in some cases than D3 is Grim Dawn. It's still in early access releases in next fee months but it's already got lots of content w/ tons more on the way and the skill system is so diverse. Check it out if you're looking for alternatives.

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