Tag: mmorpgs

Torchlight Developer Runic Games is No More

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All is not a perfect world, it seems. That’s because Perfect World, the China-based publisher of MMOs, has decided to shut down Runic Games, developers of Torchlight and its sequel, as well as the recently-released Hob.

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Plarium Acquires Rumble Entertainment

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“In many ways this acquisition was a natural extension for us, because our focus has been on creating web and mobile games with strategy and RPG gameplay elements for a hardcore gaming audience, which is comparable to Rumble’s target audience,” said Plarium’s chief marketing officer and cofounder Gabi Shalel in an email. “Rumble Games titles have similar themes but are more focused on action/RPG components. Ultimately, Rumble can help us expand into the RPG market.”

Plarium, the PC-turned-mobile developer of strategy MMOS, has acquired Rumble Entertainment, makers of RPGs such as KingsRoad. Some of Plarium’s most popular games include Vikings: War of Clans and Soldiers, Inc. Vikings, a two year old game, is still earning the company $3 million a month, due to the social multiplayer component.

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Asheron’s Call has Been Answered, Game Going Offline in January

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More changes are afoot at Turbine, as the Asheron’s Call series is coming to an end. Turbine first released Asheron’s Call in 1999 and followed it up with a sequel three years later. The sequel was canned in 2005, before reopening in beta for Asheron’s Call subscribers in 2012. After Turbine was acquired by Warner Bros. Interactive, support for the games were on and off.

A post on the official Facebook page reads “it is with a heavy heart that we must announce the end of our support for Asheron’s Call and Asheron’s Call 2. This decision did not come easy, and we know this is disappointing for many of you. This game is a labor of love, and it’s not easy for us to bring it to an end.”

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Standing Stone Games Takes Over Lord of the Rings Online and D&D Online

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Change is underway at MMO developer Turbine Entertainment, a part of Warner Bros. Interactive. Back in July, Warner Bros announced layoffs at the studio as it transitioned to F2P mobile games. Today, that transition is complete.

A new studio is being formed, Standing Stone Games, consisting of the developers behind Lord of the Rings Online and D&D Online. Turbine is handing over the reins to both games to Standing Stone.

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