Runic Games, the developer behind the Torchlight series and the recently released adventure game, Hob, has been shut down by Perfect World Entertainment.
Following the news that Perfect World were laying off the majority of the members of Motiga, the developer behind Gigantic, Perfect World revealed that Runic Games, the Seattle-based developer, has been shut down.
The news broke this past weekend and was not without warning. In a statement around the layoffs affecting Motiga staff, the company’s CEO Chris Chung said “Motiga is not the only Perfect World studio being impacted by the decision.” This of course was referring to the impending closure of Runic Games.
According to Perfect World, they decided to close the studio “as part of [Perfect World]’s continued strategy to focus on online games as a service.”
The studio then released a statement about the closure. They didn’t mention Perfect World, instead focused on thanking staff for their work. You can read that in full right here.