'Torchlight' And 'Hob' Studio Shuts Down, 'Gigantic' Dev Suffers Layoffs
China-based video game company Perfect World Entertainment is closing Torchlight and Hob studio Runic Games and laying off people at Gigantic developer Motiga Games.
In a statement (via GamesBeat), Perfect World says Gigantic is still available to play. A core team of developers remaining at Motiga will continue providing support. This includes work on the next big update coming this month and all future content.
As for Runic, Perfect World says it recently closed the studio's Seattle office as part of its continued strategy to focus on online games as a service. "We're grateful to the team for all of their hard work bringing incredible experiences like Torchlight, Torchlight II and Hob to life," the company states. "Runic Games will remain a part of Perfect World Entertainment’s portfolio of studios, and its games will continue to be available to players, as we stay committed to supporting and growing Runic Games’ beloved franchises.
"The staff reduction at Motiga and the closure of Runic Games Seattle were unrelated. Perfect World Entertainment stands committed to delivering the best massively multiplayer online gameplay experiences to our players."
In his own statement, Runic studio head Marsh Lefler says:
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
"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.
"It has been an amazing experience. To my family here at Runic, I know we won’t be far from each other, and I’ll miss seeing you all every week."