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    by Published on 08-19-2015 06:13 PM
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    Runic Games has announced a Photo contest! The rules are simple, use a sprite image (I'll put a big on at the bottom of this post) and place it into a photo with you. Then tweet the photo to @RunicGames with the hashtag #HobPhotoContest. Here's the official rules:

    by Published on 08-17-2015 01:46 PM
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    On August 11 I was lucky enough to be in Seattle. Why does that make me lucky? Because I had an open invitation to come visit Runic Games whenever I was in town, and it just happened to be their seven year anniversary as a company, and it was a scant two weeks before PAX Prime - important because they had a brand new game announcement to be made and I got to check it out early! Want the details? Read on!

    I arrived downstairs at around 11:30 in the morning and was greeted down at the security checkpoint by Brian, who led me up to the office. It was a wide open office with walls covered in art and stickie notes, with probably more computers than I’ve ever seen in one place and people with headphones behind most of them. It was kind of funny because they assumed I already knew about the new game, but between fatherhood, work, and prep for an international flight I’d been out of the loop for weeks now. This is important to point out,because with absolutely no previous knowledge they sat me down, had me sign an NDA, and dropped me straight in to a game of HOB.

    by Published on 08-17-2015 01:35 PM
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    Woohoo! The day of the big reveal has come! Runic Games has just announced Hob, with a trailer video, a Polygon article, a new Facebook Page and forum, AAAANNNDDDD a nice fat long gameplay preview from myself! I'll post the other stuff then make a new news post on here for my own preview, so stay tuned!

    Beautiful cool Gameplay Trailer:

    Facebook Page: Click here!

    Polygon Article and Quote:
    Hob is an adventure game where you play a mysterious character who wakes up on what seems to be an unknown planet. You have to figure out why you're there and what you're doing. "There's a lot more to the narrative than what we're used to," Schaefer says. There is combat, which in motion looks like the sort of battles you see in modern Zelda games, but you have to explore the world and solve problems. You have to learn about what's going on.

    "We're telling the story with no words," Schaefer says. "There is no dialogue in the game. There are no NPCs that say anything. There's barely interface on-screen at all. There's a huge process of discovery and learning that is non-verbal." Runic is used to creating setpieces where battles lead to more loot, but Hob is about exploration, not collection and upgrades. This is a game where the team had to slow down and figure out what each piece of the world means. "It's a radical, radical departure than anything we've ever done," Schaefer says.

    "It's an open world, but it changes drastically all the time," Lefler says. You'll have to unlock new powers and find items that allow you to explore and unlock more of the environment, and sometimes that means the landscape itself can shift under you. It sounds like Metroid placed inside a Rubik's cube.

    Gameplay Preview:
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    by Published on 07-12-2015 08:23 AM

    No need for a long intro this time, here's all you need to know!
    Just a quick update. We're going to be at Pax Prime this year to show our new project! And we've got a brand new Facebook page for Runic, so remember to like and share!
    by Published on 07-12-2015 07:24 AM  Number of Views: 564 
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    Howdy y'all! Today I've compiled all the Torchlight Mobile previews from this year's E3 in to one bonanza of a news post! To make the deal even sweeter, I've also gathered all of the screenshots from various sources to one gallery for you to check out. Read on!

    First up is a preview from GameGrin, which in addition to a nice in-depth review of the gameplay so far, contained an accidental tidbit, in the form of screenshots like this:If you look VERY carefully you can see that the shots from this site (and no other site) were taken from within the Unity Editor, a very versatile engine which I happen to recognize from a personal project of my own. The cool point about the engine is that it can build to just about any platform, from desktop to console and every mobile device in-between. This also means the game was rebuilt from the ground up, as the previous Torchlight games were build using the graphics engine Ogre3D. Here's a quote from the article to finish off our GameGrin coverage:
    Admittedly, I did not get a lot of time to play quests, so I cannot talk at length about them. And, due to my character’s level, I only had access to one special ability. That said, the single player dungeon crawler mode was a lot of fun. It’s definitely Torchlight--enemies, interactions, and combat are surprisingly similar to the original game. The same look, almost the same feel. I did notice quests are notably shorter, lasting only a few minutes. This isn’t a bad thing, though. In fact, I rather enjoyed the quick rebound. Mobile players don’t have time for hour-long games. They need something they can play on the go--something with high replayability that can be dropped after a couple of minutes. This was Torchlight Mobile’s biggest strength, I think.

    Next up, unless I've been fooled by another aggregator bot, is a blurb and a photo from Android Headlines. The photo shows some cool E3 swag and the only shot we have of the title menu: ...
    by Published on 06-13-2015 06:11 PM
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    Woooooooooooooooooot! I mean, hello everyone! Awesome news to bring you today, with the announcement of Torchlight Mobile! Quick, to the press release!

    Torchlight Coming to Handheld Devices Later This Year!
    [This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]
    San Francisco--June 12, 2015-- The award-winning action RPG series Torchlight is heading to mobile devices in 2015! Torchlight Mobile is an entirely new game from Perfect World due to release in 2015 for iOS and Android.

    Similar to its predecessors, Torchlight Mobile is an action RPG featuring highly robust online gameplay in the unique art style of the series.

    Torchlight is an award-winning action RPG franchise originally developed by Seattle-based Runic Games Inc., a veteran team composed of designers and project leads on titles such as Diablo, Diablo II, Mythos, and Fate. Torchlight's 2009 release was met with a shower of accolades, including numerous review scores of 90% and above. The highly anticipated 2012 sequel, Torchlight II, introduced new classes and multiplayer support for both online and LAN play. It was met with similar acclaim and has sold over 3 million copies.

    As a much-beloved classic series, Torchlight's appearance on mobile platforms will surely be a well-received event by RPG and action fans alike.

    For more information, please visit the Torchlight Mobile website:


    Facebook: www.facebook.com/torchlightmobile

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/TorchlightM

    About the Torchlight Series

    Torchlight is an action role-playing game released in 2009 by Runic Games, Inc. Set in a mining establishment called Torchlight, players set out into the depths of the mines to discover the full extent of Ember's influence on the civilizations of ages past. Torchlight II, which debuted in 2012, launched players into a multiplayer adventure that spanned the continent of Vilderan. Torchlight Mobile, set for release in 2015, takes place in another faraway land where Ember is still being harvested by powerful civilizations. Players begin their adventure as one of three new character classes charged with fighting off the corruption that has maligned this land.

    An early alpha version of Torchlight Mobile will be shown running on mobile devices at E3 2015 by appointment only in the Perfect World meeting room (West Hall, Meeting Room 511C). Please contact david@mmpr.com to book an appointment.

    You can also check out the developer's forums for new info and the official site for concept art. Just from glancing at everything, my guess is that Torchlight Mobile might be a multiplayer prequel featuring Alric. We'll see!

    The game will be shown at E3. I've also noticed that Runic has replaced their R logo with a new one, in case that means anything.
    by Published on 04-26-2015 07:56 AM

    Hello all, just a little system notice for you: If you see this then you have survived the server switch, which may have taken a couple days to hit you depending on technical things like local DNS servers refreshing. There have also been some updates, and there are some more updates planned for the near future.

    In the meantime, if you find a bug or error page, or something broken, let me know! Either in this post's comments or by e-mailing webbstre@runicgamesfansite.com ...