Runic Games, developers of Torchlight, have shut down

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In a worrying string of development houses that can’t keep their heads above water, Runic Games has sadly joined the tally. The small independent development studio, known mostly for Torchlight and the recently released Hob, will close their doors. The decision hasn’t been theirs though. Chinese publisher Perfect Worlds, who have been responsible for publishing Runic’s games, shut the studio down in what is clearly a move to more online-focused enterprises.

The statement from Perfect World couldn’t be clearer on this matter. The company wants to invest more in persistent online games, something which Runic was never really dabbling with. Still, it doesn’t make any studio under that umbrella safe. Just last week Perfect Worlds laid off most of the staff at Motiga, the studio behind the very online focused Gigantic. So while the publisher is moving in that direction, it seems serious about successful games only.

Runic games has closed down

It is sad still, with Runic being one of the more noticeable names in the independent scene. Both Torchlight and Torchlight II were well received in an age where Diablo III wasn’t yet around, and their alluring art style sucked you into their action RPG worlds. Hob, which launched just a few weeks ago, was a departure from that style of game, but seemed to retain the sort of charm Runic was known for. In a statement about the closure, Runic thanked their fans and urged other studios to provide work for their now jobless staff.

“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 [email protected].”

We send all our best to the folks at Runic; another causality in a tumultuous few weeks in the gaming industry.


Last Updated: November 6, 2017

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff's a bastard.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I’m a bit sad, Torchlight was a great little series.

    • MonsterCheddar

      Was it a light in your life? Did it light up your life?

      • A torch…light?

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        You light up my life, because you complete me.

        • MonsterCheddar

          o/. Trev loves me!!!!! o/

  • This is super sad… I played the hell out of Torchlight 1 and 2…

    • MonsterCheddar

      Mine needs new batteries. Doesn’t wanna light up.

      • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

        This is not one of your best moments.

        • MonsterCheddar


          It never is.

          • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

            It’s ok. Monday is almost over.

  • Admiral Chief

    And yet, companies like EA continue to milk everyone and prosper

    • MonsterCheddar

      The big titles brought out by scumbags will always thrive…….Like a Tenno on the Plains of Eidolon.

      • Admiral Chief

        Big title…HAH, so you admit Warframe is big.

        However, they are like CDPR, more love for the gamers

        • MonsterCheddar

          No, I didn’t. I said will thrive like……

  • Matthew Figueira

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaat? 🙁 I had such fun with Torchlight 2!

    • You sure you’re not thinking of something else ending in “light”?

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    Dam, that sucks.

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