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Zynga Buys Torchlight 3 Studio Echtra Games

Zynga has acquired Echtra Games, continuing its trend of acquisitions.
Zynga has acquired Echtra Games, continuing its trend of acquisitions. / Photo courtesy of Zynga

Social games publisher Zynga has acquired Torchlight 3 developer Echtra Games, Zynga announced Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Echtra will join Zynga's growing portfolio of studios and work alongside CSR Racing studio NaturalMotion on a "new, yet to be announced RPG for cross-platform play."

Although Torchlight 3 is the only game Echtra has shipped, Zynga's announcement of the deal makes clear that the pedigree of individual developers at the company made the acquisition an intriguing one. Echtra founder Max Schaefer, for one, worked on the first two Diablo games and all three Torchlight games.

"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," said Zynga CEO Frank Gibeau.

"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."

Zynga says no layoffs will occur as a result of the acquisition, but has not discussed the future of the Torchlight series.