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Hob is A New Single Player Adventure from Runic Games That Tells a Story With No Words

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Runic Games, the studio behind Torchlight and Torchlight 2, have announced their latest game: Hob. The new game is a single player adventure centered around exploration with your character waking up on a seemingly unknown planet and needing to figure out what is going on. You can check out the game’s first trailer below.

And while the game will be story based, it surprisingly will be without a script.

“We’re telling the story with no words,” Runic CEO Max Schaefer told Polygon. “There is no dialogue in the game. There are no NPCs that say anything. There’s barely interface on-screen at all. There’s a huge process of discovery and learning that is non-verbal.”

“One of the themes we’re stressing is wonder and a little bit of mystery,” according to designer Rick Lesley. “We don’t want to call things out for the player. We want them to piece some things together for themselves and really feel pulled in different directions. We want them to feel inclined to look around and not just move forward.”

The game’s combat is described as “like the sort of battles you see in modern Zelda games” but the studio’s main goal with the title is to give players a sense of exploration and a sense of wonderment found in games like Ico and Shadow of the Colossus.

“The sense of awe and wonder. Where am I? What is going on? I don’t understand,” Lefler said. “You get a narrative by playing the game. That’s the one thing we absolutely loved and we all talked about trying to do that. Making a world that seemed alien, and playing the game explained that story.

Hob will be making its way to PC and consoles, although a release date hasn’t been given yet. You can get a hands-on look at Hob during PAX Prime in Seattle from August 28 through August 31.

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