Torchlight developer Runic Games has announced its next game for PC and consoles.
Hob is described as a “vibrant, suspenseful adventure game” by Runic, one where the narrative unfolds entirely without text or dialogue of any kind. Runic is promising “smooth controller gameplay, multi-layered puzzles, and striking visuals” as explore and interct with its unfamiliar world.
Well we can’t comment on the puzzles or whether playing with a controller feels as smooth as they claim, but Runic is certainly delivering the goods on the visual front. The first screenshots show off lush vegetation and a bold cel-shaded look. You can check them out below.
No release date has been mentioned, nor does Runic specify just which consoles Hob will be released on when it finally arrives. Torchlight 2 came out on both PS3 and Xbox 360, so it’s entirely possible that we’re looking at a multi-console release.
That would be a good thing, too. Torchlight and Torchlight 2 were utterly fantastic spins on the loot-farming action-RPG genre, and if Runic is branching out into more adventure-driven gameplay for its third project you can guarantee that they’ll find a way to add their own twist to well-worn formulas.
David Ochart reviewed Torchlight 2 for Continue Play, awarding it a very impressive score of 9/10. “Though the story doesn’t stand out, it doesn’t need to; this game is all about the relentless, fast-paced fun,” David wrote in his Torchlight 2 review. “You never feel like your progression in the game is slowing down, as you never go long between finding a great new item or learn a new skill or power. Between the singleplayer campaign, the multiplayer online campaign and the extensive post-game content, I have fought, killed and looted for over 40 hours, and I have no intention of stopping anytime soon.”
Check out the announcement trailer below.