Runic founders split as new project gets ready to be revealed

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Travis Baldree and Erich Schaefer are leaving Runic Games to start their own indie studio. The co-founders of Runic announced their departure on the official forums yesterday. Baldree thanked publishing partner Perfect World and said that the split is amicable. He went on to say that he was excited to be going back to smaller-scale development. Max Schaefer, Erich’s brother, will stay on at Runic as CEO. He wished the co-founders well on their departure and teased the next Runic project after Torchlight II.

Meanwhile, the rest of us here at Runic are excited to move on and continue to work on this crazy, cool, completely secret project we’ve been working on. We’re champing at the bit to talk about it, but will wait until we’re ready to show it off.

As of September 2012, Torchlight II had sold 2 million copies.