Echtra is finalizing the development of Torchlight 3 with a final update, as the studio moves on to new things under new owner Zynga.
Writing in a "bittersweet" blog post this week, the Torchlight developer wrote that the game's spring update (which adds a damn Captain class to the cannon) will be the last of the in-game studio. Echtra was acquired by Zynga in March, and as part of that, the publisher is eager to get the developer to move on to different projects.
"This is also a sad message because it marks the end of Echtra Games' work on Torchlight III. As you may have heard in the news, Zynga acquired us on March 2. As a result of this transition, we move on to new (and exciting) things, and we will once again give the baton to our Perfect World partners. "
It’s sad news for a studio that was specifically founded to make Torchlight games, bringing together staff from the late Runic Games series creator. Torchlight 3 was supposed to be a live service game under the name Torchlight Frontiers, before it was reworked into a more traditional action RPG after the first game tests. Zynga expressed its desire for the team to bring its "iconic licenses" to PC after the acquisition.
It’s hard to say if this will be the latest update to Torchlight 3, although with the release of the game welcomed by an overwhelming omission, I wouldn’t be surprised if Perfect World updates are restricted to more basic maintenance. The spring update, hopefully, leaves the game in a better place, coming with a list of balance changes, bug fixes, and quality of life improvements. You can read the document full notes here.