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"We've been so lucky for the community that has supported us and made us successful", Lefler wrote.

We had previously reported that Perfect World had shuttered Motiga, developer of the relatively recently released hero shooter huge, but a few hours later came the announcement of a second Perfect World-owned studio's closure - Runic Games, developers of the Torchlight series and the month-old Hob.

KitGuru Says: It seems that Runic Games had a turbulent journey and succumbed to the terrible fate of its publisher being more interest in the games-as-service market than the traditional single-player experience, which is a shame because Hob looks great.

Runic studio head Marsh Lefler confirmed the closure in a note posted on the company's website today.

It's always sad to see a studio close down, especially when the development output really has been of such a high quality.

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Baldree also revealed that Runic nearly became a part of Turbine, the developer of Lord of the Rings Online, where it would have made a "hobbit-themed title".

"For those that love the Torchlight series, there will be some news coming". But Microsoft changed its mind at the last minute, instead asking Baldree and co to work on a game in the Fable series. The sequel was very well received by fans, as the game now sits at an "Overwhelmingly Positive" 95% positive user rating on Steam.

The China-based, free-to-play publisher Perfect World Entertainment announced yesterday it has closed the Seattle Studio where Runic Games is based.

In a statement given to Gamasutra, Perfect World confirmed huge will "continue to be available on our platforms", and Runic Games will "remain a part of Perfect World Entertainment's portfolio of studios".

Torchlight was developed by Travis Baldree, designer of the equally excellent action-RPG Fate, along with Diablo and Diablo 2 designers Max Schaefer and Erich Schaefer who previously worked with Baldree on Mythos. The battle arena game was just released in July and will continue to be developed, but only by a smaller team of staff that the publisher had retained.

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