China-based publisher Perfect World this week laid off most of Motiga, the developer of the hero shooter Gigantic, and shut down Runic Games, the studio behind the popular action-RPG Torchlight and the recently released puzzle-platformer Hob. Both game developers were based in Seattle.
Announced back in 2014 with a bird person GIF so outstanding it had to be reused for this post, Motiga’s action MOBA Gigantic has launched into open beta on Xbox One and PC. It’s still rather pretty.
It’s coming up on two years since Gigantic—a very colourful arena battle game—was announced for PC and Xbox One. It’s got two things going for it: it looks amazing, and instead of just fighting in lanes towards a base, your base is a giant animal that fights alongside you.
Motiga, the developers behind cute-as-heck MOBA Gigantic, have announced “significant, temporary studio layoffs.” The company claims it’s in discussions with “promising investors,” but the money hasn’t come through yet. That doesn’t sound very good. Gigantic is still in a closed beta.
Gigantic is a game that’s gotten a lot of praise for its good looks. That’s understandable, given how sharp its visuals have been in every glimpse we’ve gotten. But Motiga’s multiplayer arena game plays well, too.
If there's a new trailer for Gigantic, I'm compelled to watch the whole thing from start to finish.