Torchlight creator Runic Games closes down

Shortly after shipping its third title, the studio has shut its doors.

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Runic Games, the creator of Hob and both Torchlight games, has shut its doors following the completion of its third (and final) title. The reason/s behind the closure aren't immediately clear, but studio boss Marsh Lefler did write that "you haven't heard the last of us", with Torchlight news apparently still to come. Here's the farewell note published by the studio:

It's been over nine years since a rag-tag team of 17 developers helped open Runic Games. 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.

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. If you are in games and looking for some of the best talent in the industry, please email [email protected]

For those that love the Torchlight series, there will be some news coming. And for all our fans, our community and multiplayer services will keep running even after the studio's lights go off.

We really enjoyed the studio's final offering, and you can read our impressions of Hob by hitting this link. We wish everyone at the studio the best while they look for new employment.


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