Perfect World shuts down Runic Games studio

Angelica Greene
November 7, 2017

If you liked Torchlight then check in on Andy's review of Hob, Runic Games' last hurrah. A core team of developers remains at Motiga, who will work with us to support the game and its players, including moving full steam ahead with the upcoming November update and future content.

We had previously reported that Perfect World had shuttered Motiga, developer of the relatively recently released hero shooter very big, but a few hours later came the announcement of a second Perfect World-owned studio's closure - Runic Games, developers of the Torchlight series and the month-old Hob. While Perfect World may own the rights to the games, I'd personally feel wrong giving money to the publisher that cut the creators loose so casually.

"Perfect World Entertainment recently closed the Seattle office of Runic Games as part of the company's continued strategy to focus on online games as a service", the company said in a statement to Kotaku.

Of course, the studio is best known for the excellent action-RPG series Torchlight.

China-based publisher Perfect World Entertainment - which acquired a majority stake in Runic in May 2010 - told Polygon in a statement that it has made a decision to close the studio "as part of [Perfect World]'s continued strategy to focus on online games as a service". I remember spending countless hours lanning Torchlight 2 a couple years back - it's a pity to see that chemistry come to an end.

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Lefler also teased that some "news" for Torchlight fans would be "coming" and that their multiplayer services will remain online despite the studio's closure.

"You haven't heard the last of us".

According to the report, Microsoft was originally interested in publishing Torchlight, before Chinese-based firm, Perfect World Entertainment chose to publish the game itself.

The publisher, who last week closed enormous developer Motiga, has shut down the developer's one office in Seattle but will continue the company in name under the Perfect World umbrella. The battle arena game was just released in July and will continue to be developed, but only by a smaller team of staff that the publisher had retained.

Other reports by GizPress

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