What started as joke has been confirmed as more than possible, and pretty damn likely. Joystiq reports
that Runic Games' CEO, Max Schaefer, has somewhat confirmed that Torchlight III, even before they get Torchlight II
out the door, will land before Diablo III.
"I really think we will, I'm not joking about it," he told the site in regards to a third Torchlight before
Diablo 3. "I'll be the first to buy Diablo 3, I'm a huge fan. I just know what it's like over there [Blizzard]. They can not get away with doing a Torchlight 1. If they put out a single player game, an RPG that's kinda stripped down for $20, people would say, 'What the hell happened to Blizzard?' They don't have that luxury. Everything has to be super epic. More epic than anything that's come before, more epic than World of Warcraft. They have to do that."
Getting their game out first though, doesn't mean it'll equal the epicness
he's talking about - something Blizzard does best.