Torchlight developers announce adventure game Hob

Borderlands’ art style meets Zelda?

Torchlight developer Runic Games has announced its newest project, Hob.

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.

We don’t know much about Hob just yet, but judging by the screenshots (which you can find below), it appears to take more as more involved type of adventure than the point-and-click games the genre’s more commonly associated with. It’s definitely a departure from Runic’s usual type of game, as both FATE and the Torchlight games have been Diablo-style ARPGs.

It also looks really pretty. Not a fan of the Borderlands-style black outline on everything, but there’s enough colour and interesting landscapes there to keep me interested. Add in the non-verbal storytelling it claims to have, and that makes me look forward to seeing what comes out of this.

There is currently no release date for Hob, no platforms… nor anything else really. All we know is that it’s a thing that now exists. I expect we’ll know more in ten days when PAX begins and that timer on the Hob website hits zero.

Joe Parlock