Torchlight Developers Reveal Hob, an Exploratory Game with Contextual Narrative

Runic Games (Torchlight and Torchlight II) have announced a game that is quite the departure from their Diablo-clone action RPGs.

The new game, Hob, is an exploratory game set for current generation consoles and PC.

Hob progresses without dialogue or text, providing a more contextual narrative to players, via interacting and exploring their environments, and the creatures that live in them. Runic Games are promising “smooth controller gameplay, multi-layered puzzles, and striking visuals.”

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You can find a synopsis for the game below, via the official Hob website:

The darkness rumbles to life.

Massive gears turn their teeth, shifting ancient monoliths into place.

A door opens.

Dappled forest light beckons you from your chamber, entering an unknown world both beautiful and dangerous, buzzing with life above and whirring with mysterious machinery below.

Hob is a vibrant, suspenseful adventure game. As players delve into the mysteries around them, they discover a planet in peril. Can it be mended, or will the world fall further into chaos?

Hob is presented without text or dialogue. Narrative is revealed as players explore and interact with their unfamiliar surroundings and the strange life forms that inhabit it. The third title from developer Runic Games, Hob is being developed for PC and console, featuring smooth controller gameplay, multi-layered puzzles, and striking visuals.

Finally, Hob is going to be playable on the PAX Prime showfloor, this weekend.

Brandon Orselli


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