Runic Games – Perfect World shuts down Torchlight studio and explains Motiga situation

Following the news that Perfect World Entertainment has shut down Motiga, developer of Gigantic, it was confirmed that Runic Games has also been shut down by the publisher. Runic Games made the popular Torchlight and Torchlight II, followed by the fantasy action RPG, Hob. Perfect World explained that these titles from Runic Games will still be made available, and claimed it is “committed to supporting and growing Runic Games’ beloved franchises.” The sub-quality Torchlight Mobile was developed by Perfect World’s studio in China, and it seems any possible future Torchlight games will be going the same route.

With regards to Motiga and Gigantic, Perfect World Entertainment also addressed the situation. While outgoing CEO Chris Chung mentioned there is only a maintenance crew left at Motiga after the core development team has been let go, Perfect World is claiming “a core team of developers remains” and they are “moving full steam ahead with the upcoming November update and future content.” Which side is telling the truth? You can read the full explanation from Perfect World Entertainment over at Venturebeat.