Torchlight Developer Runic Games Shut Down

Torchlight Developer Runic Games Shut Down

Runic Games – the studio behind hack-and-slash loot series Torchlight – has shut down. Studio head Marsh Lefler made the announcement on their official website.

"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," reads the statement. "If you are in games and looking for some of the best talent in the industry, please email"

Details for Torchlight will be coming soon, but Lefler added that “community and multiplayer services will keep running even after the studio’s lights go off.”

“It’s been over nine years since a rag-tag team of 17 developers helped open Runic Games,” Lefler added. “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.”

Runic was owned by Chinese publisher Perfect World Entertainment. The company also reduced the team size of Motiga, the studio behind recently-released MOBA-shooter Gigantic.

Source: Gamasutra,GameSpot


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Comments Comments (2)

Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Tuesday 7 Nov 2017 11:04 AM
Another one bites the dust, and one of the good ones too unfortunately. Such a tough industry.
Would they still be going if they were independant? Because looks like its more an issue with the publisher owner running financially downhill...
Hope the talent finds new jobs soon...
Posted by jtbthatsme
On Tuesday 7 Nov 2017 6:42 PM
I enjoyed Torchlight it was a good fun game.....PWE is not really a company i'm a huge fan of though....they don't seem to have a habit of listening to their player base and more recently have been heavily going towards pay to win on their MMO games.