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Runic founders Baldree and Schaefer leaving to go indie
Runic founders Baldree and Schaefer leaving to go indie
March 27, 2014 | By Mike Rose

March 27, 2014 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Travis Baldree and Erich Schaefer (pictured), founders of Torchlight developer Runic Games, are leaving the company to start over again as a smaller team.

Posting on the Runic forums, Baldree noted that their split from Runic is amicable, and that the pair are now looking to go back to smaller-scale development.

"Working within the boundaries of limited means and resources is the best fun I've ever had," he notes, "and that sort of work satisfies me in a fundamental way - I can't wait to be working that way again."

The duo will leave Runic on April 2, although they didn't yet reveal what they plan to work on after Runic, or what their new studio will be called.

Baldree thanked the team at Runic and parent company Perfect World. Baldress and Schaefer founded Runic back in 2008 alongside Max Schaefer and Peter Hu, and released the highly-lauded Torchlight in 2009.

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i always thought Runic is indie. Apparently, its not.

Florian Putz
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Not indie enough apparently. Runic makes money, thats totally uncool, commercial and capitalist - thus it's not the true indie spirit anymore :D. No, jsut joking.
Let's put it this way: In my oppinion none of these guys be it Schaefer, Chris Roberts, Richard Garriott and all the other industry veterans that currently define themselfes as indies were and never will be "indie" developers. They are AAA devs flying solo using their knowledge, business networks and funding sources to avoid being controlled by a major publisher. Having no major publisher backing your idea does not automatically make u indie. If you use this definition than most major studios are indies too - at least at some point during a new project. In my opinion the term indie does not just refer to "being independent from a publisher" - there is much more behind that idea... Or would you ever call Bill Gates an indie if he gets bored from being retired and started a new 2 man company tomorrow?