After releasing three successful games, the studio that most recently brought us Hob is shutting its doors. This makes the second gaming studio to close its doors recently, as Visceral Games was also recently closed by EA. What was left behind though was not only a handful of amazing games that will live on in gaming history, but a bond was formed between those people. Runic Games called it a family. An official statement was released on their website that verifies the rumors.
Here is that official statement:
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@example.com.
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.
You haven’t heard the last of us,
Unfortunately, its unclear why Runic Games decided to close. It could have been a collective decision, but I have a feeling it could have been due to Hob maybe not achieving as much as they had hoped. At PAX East, Hob had quite the presence, with an elaborate booth and statues of the characters. I can’t help but think they may have bitten off more than they could chew financially. If that’s the case, it’s a real shame, because Hob showed a ton of creative prowess from these developers. Our Joanna seemed to enjoy playing through it for her review.
I do recommend that anyone with professional connections in the gaming world to reach out to some of these displaced minds. I’m sure any of them would make fine additions to any project.