Based by the builders of Diablo, Echtra Video games is now owned by Zynga.
Cell/social recreation big Zynga has acquired Torchlight III developer Echtra Video games, the studio based by Diablo veteran Max Schaefer.
Echtra will develop a “new, but to be introduced RPG” with cross-platform mechanics for Zynga, alongside the corporate’s NaturalMotion studio. As a part of the buyout, Zynga additionally will get Echtra’s proprietary cross-platform improvement instruments and tech.
“Max and his workforce at Echtra Video games are answerable for a few of the most legendary recreation properties ever created, and they’re consultants within the motion RPG style and cross-platform improvement. I am excited to welcome the Echtra Video games workforce into the Zynga household,” Zynga CEO Frank Gibeau stated in an announcement. “This acquisition shall be instrumental in rising our iconic licenses and types from cellular to PCs and consoles, whereas serving to to additional develop Zynga’s whole addressable market.”
Schaefer stated Echtra is “delighted” to affix Zynga. “We share Zynga’s imaginative and prescient that cross-platform play is a vital a part of the way forward for RPGs and interactive leisure and are keen to use our huge expertise and skills to this effort,” he stated.
Phrases of the acquisition weren’t disclosed.
That is simply the most recent large improvement for Zynga, which lately introduced the free-to-play Star Wars recreation, Star Wars: Hunters, for Nintendo Swap and cellular gadgets.
Schaefer is a co-founder of Blizzard North, the studio that created the Diablo franchise. Schaefer would finally go away Blizzard to start out a brand new studio, Runic Video games, which developed the unique Torchlight and its sequel.
Schaefer then moved to Echtra and launched Torchlight III in October 2020 for console and PC.