The acquisition comes as Zynga seems to broaden into PC and console gaming.
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 growth instruments and tech.
“Max and his staff at Echtra Video games are answerable for among the most legendary recreation properties ever created, and they’re specialists within the motion RPG style and cross-platform growth. I am excited to welcome the Echtra Video games staff into the Zynga household,” Zynga CEO Frank Gibeau mentioned in an announcement. “This acquisition might be instrumental in rising our iconic licenses and types from cell to PCs and consoles, whereas serving to to additional broaden Zynga’s whole addressable market.”
Schaefer mentioned 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 abilities to this effort,” he mentioned.
Phrases of the acquisition weren’t disclosed.
That is simply the newest large growth for Zynga, which lately introduced the free-to-play Star Wars recreation, Star Wars: Hunters, for Nintendo Swap and cell units.
Schaefer is a co-founder of Blizzard North, the studio that created the Diablo franchise. Schaefer would finally depart Blizzard to begin 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.