Torque engine saved in GarageGames resurrection

Torque engine saved in GarageGames resurrection

By Rob Crossley

January 21st 2011 at 9:51AM

$99 engine sale launched to mark occasion

Concerns over the future of the Torque engine were calmed this week as a new buyer stepped in to save the popular dev tool.

The engine has been bought by GarageGames LLC, a familiar-sounding yet entirely new company formed by an investment group.

GarageGames LLC has begun a limited-time discount to its Torque engine, at $99, as part of its re-establishing of the business.

In November, Torque’s future was thrown in doubt as its owner InstantAction collapsed under financial pressure.

InstantAction had bought ownership of the Torque engine back in 2007, after acquiring the tech from original owener GarageGames.

Now with the help of an investment group, GarageGames has reformed and bought its engine back.

Former Torque engine boss Eric Preisz has been appointed CEO of the new GarageGames. He says he wants the company to return to its roots.

“The Torque community and our internal team expressed a desire for a return to our original mission – providing affordable tools for independent game developers and game education communities,” he said.

“As Torque enthusiasts themselves, our new parent company shares this vision. Their support, as well as a return to a singular focus on our line of Torque engine products, puts us in a great position to expand, hire great talent and better meet the needs of our community.”

GarageGames LLC was formed by investment group Graham Software Development LLC.

The Torque community has over 160,000 members of the development, small business and game education communities, GarageGames LLC said.