Perfect World continues closures as Runic Games is shut down

Perfect World continues closures as Runic Games is shut down

Perfect World continues closures as Runic Games is shut down

The studio that brought "Hobt" and the popular role playing game "Torchlight" series, Runic Games, has been shut down by its mother company, publisher Perfect World Entertainment.

In a statement on the Runic Games website, Studio Head Marsh Lefler thanked the community of fans for supporting the studio. Unfortunately, the brief post does not go into details of the events surrounding the decision. 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. Before that release, Runic made a name for itself through the 2009 action RPG Torchlight and its followup Torchlight 2. OnlySP's Robin Brinkworth scored the game as a Credit in his review, saying that it is a "great game, bringing fun, challenging puzzles, tricky combat, and a lovely world into one effective package".

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.

He added: "It's been over nine years since a rag-tag team of 17 developers helped open Runic Games". We can not thank everyone enough for their contributions in making big the outstanding experience it is today. Thanks to that support, we have had the chance to meet and work with the best people in the world.

"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. With the release of Torchlight II for PC, the MMO spin-off was cancelled and work began on Hob.

A follow-up statement from a Perfect World representative to IGN explained that while Motiga has had a significant portion of its employees reduced, the company explained that its title big will remain playable on all available platforms with "a core team of developers" remaining with the company. Perfect World Entertainment stands committed to delivering the best massively multiplayer online gameplay experiences to our players.

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