It appears the one of the most prominent social game developers has acquired the folks who worked on Torchlight 3, as the Business Wire reports that Zynga has acquired Echtra Games — bolstering their work force and resources with a pedigree of developers who have worked on some of the best RPGs in the industry — including the Diablo and Torchlight games.
With the acquisition, the Echtra Games team will be working on as of yet to be announced RPG that will be for cross-platform play and be in partnership with Zynga’s NaturalMotion studio.
“Max and his team at Echtra Games are responsible for some of the most legendary game properties ever created, and they are experts in the action RPG genre and cross-platform development. I’m excited to welcome the Echtra Games team into the Zynga family,” said Frank Gibeau, Chief Executive Officer of Zynga. “This acquisition will be instrumental in growing our iconic licenses and brands from mobile to PCs and consoles, while helping to further expand Zynga’s total addressable market.”
“Echtra Games is delighted to be joining the Zynga family,” said Max Schaefer, Chief Executive Officer of Echtra Games. “We share Zynga’s vision that cross-platform play is an essential part of the future of RPGs and interactive entertainment and are eager to apply our vast experience and talents to this effort.”
Speaking of Zynga, they developed a Star Wars F2P game called Star Wars Hunters — which was revealed in the recent Nintendo Direct.