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  • What's This? A Word from former Runic CEO Max Schaefer

    Those of you who follow the Runic Games Facebook page or Twitter Account are probably already aware of this, but for a few months now there have been Throwback Thursday posts with old Torchlight 2 Concept art. This caused a lot of confusion for people who suddenly weren't sure if the studio really had been closed down (and before I go any further, yes, the Runic Games studio we've all known and loved did shut down and the staff has all moved on to their own pursuits at new companies).

    That said, our old friend Max Schaefer made a post through the Runic Games Facebook Page, which reads as follows:
    Hi everyone, Max Schaefer here. I'm the former co-founder and CEO of Runic Games, and I'm currently the CEO of Echtra Games, Inc. I just wanted to catch everyone up on why there are Torchlight posts popping up here and elsewhere, and a bit of overall context.


    We all know the Runic Games office in Seattle was closed down following the completion of Hob. It is not relevant to revisit a very complex situation, but the important thing is it doesn't mean the end of the Runic's game franchises.


    The big question here is why there are new posts being made about Torchlight. As was mentioned at the time of Runic's closing, Perfect World has future plans for both of Runic's franchises. Of course they can't say what they are, but I know it's exciting and cool, because, well, I know things. So the whole idea here is to start to re-engage the community in preparation for future announcements. This isn't just torturing you about a franchise you love, rather it's an expression of affection and dedication to the franchise.


    I've been flying below the radar the last couple years with our work here at Echtra Games, Inc. I still can't talk about it, yet, but in my spare time I'm going to start to help with re-engaging with the Torchlight community. I can honestly say that in more than 25 years of game development (yikes), the Torchlight community was totally unique. There has never been a better, nicer, more helpful group of fans than you guys. I really mean that. I've worked on "bigger" games, but their communities were like most game communities, with too much toxicity and negativity. That was never true about the Torchlight community. You guys were FUN to make games for. It was rewarding and satisfying to see your reactions when we made an announcement or shipped a Torchlight game. So that's why I'm back here now, and will keep hanging out to answer your questions when I can, and just to help keep everyone up to date.


    Thank you all for your continued enthusiasm, and stick around, because really cool things are on the horizon!




    With that said, you can follow the link above and go leave your own comments for Max through the Runic Games Twitter or Facebook accounts!

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