Runic Games Studio the Developer of the Torchlight 1 and Torchlight 2 and Motiga the developer of Gigantic has been reportedly shut down by the owner Perfect World Entertainment, a China-based video game who owns multiple video game company under it.
The publishing company made the announcement through press statement claiming that they made the decision as a part of the company’s continued strategy to focus on online games as a service.
Destructoid posted the official statement from PerfectWorld which confirms that both Runic Games and Motiga have ended their respective services.
Following the news that Motiga has reduced the staff of its studio, Perfect World Entertainment can confirm that as the publisher of Gigantic, the game will continue to be available on our platforms. A core team of developers remains at Motiga, who will work with us to support the game and its players, including moving full steam ahead with the upcoming November update and future content. We cannot thank everyone enough for their contributions in making Gigantic the outstanding experience it is today.
Perfect World Entertainment recently closed the Seattle office of Runic Games as part of the company’s 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. 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 news about the shutdown of both the gaming studios made some gamers sad and some angry. especially Torchlight fans were disappointed as it was one of the best action RPG game after the Diablo series and managed to sell millions of copies.
Runic’s latest game was Hob an action-adventure puzzle game which was released on 26 September 2017 and according to SteamSpy, it has managed to sell less than 50,000 games on Steam. on the other hand, Motiga was working on Gigantic a free to play shooter game which was released on 20 July 2017 and according to SteamSpy till now it has been downloaded by more than 1,300,000 people but has around only 200-300 daily peak concurrent player on steam.
Currently, Gigantic will be kept online by Perfect World but there is a high chance that it may also get shut down.
The decision will leave more than 50 employees abandoned without a Job and in an emotional situation, you can check out some of the tweets from Motiga’s team.
— Thor (@ThorDG) November 2, 2017
Today marks the end of Motiga and my time with an absolutely amazing team. If anyone is hiring, we’re all looking! <3 to everyone.
— Dan, the Funemployed (@MO_Soundz) November 2, 2017