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Post by Dan @ 09:40am 18/11/11 | 12 Comments
Given the void of announcements recently, those following Torchlight 2 closely were likely already expecting this news, but Runic Games have now officially confirmed that the game won't be seeing a 2011 release after all.

In a blog post on the game's official site, Runic's Travis Baldree explains why they need a little more time and also seems to acknowledge that it might not be the best idea to drop their budget-priced indie title at a time when we're all preoccupied with a huge stable of triple-A games.
The first Torchlight was released in record time, but it had plenty of issues that a little more development could have resolved. We didn't have the resources at the time to give Torchlight that treatment. Right at this moment though, we do have those resources for the sequel, and we feel strongly that we should apply them to make this the best game we can make and hopefully one that you'll enjoy and continue to want to play in the future. We've probably had 18 months of full development time on it so far - not excessively long yet, as far as that goes. The amount of time we need to take it the rest of the way is relatively small.

We feel pretty safe in saying that if you enjoyed Torchlight at all, this sequel is superior in every respect. Right now our job is to ensure that the quality level is consistent all the way to the end.

Besides, you're all playing Skyrim right now anyway, aren't you? Or Battlefield 3? Or Uncharted 3? Or Saints Row 3? Or Arkham City? Or Skyward Sword? Or Minecraft? Or Modern Warfare 3? Or Dark Souls? Or Assassin's Creed Revelations?
No new release window has been given, so it's going to be interesting to see if the Torchlight 2 team -- which sports several ex-Blizzard North veterens -- can still beat the very similar and hugely anticipated Diablo 3 to market.



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skythra
Posted 10:01am 18/11/11
Clever enough move, the question will always be though, if it beats D3, will it be early enough to matter? If not, is there enough reason to have two very similar games?

I dunno, maybe that answer is yes, the cheesy and cheap torchlight might appeal to enough of a market by default to get a RoI but it will never compare to the huge heavyweight that is blizzard no matter when it's released.

I swear, if i made underwear with a blizzard logo, told people about them, made them a buggy (maybe a couple of holes) sent them out for public beta, and then patched them before delaying official launch, i'd make a killing in the market. Also I pretty much own every blizzard game except WC1, and wc1 isn't from lack of trying, it's just scarce.
Jim
Posted 10:58am 18/11/11
the cheesy and cheap torchlight might appeal to enough of a market by default to get a RoI but it will never compare to the huge heavyweight that is blizzard no matter when it's released.
*smack* yeh I dunno, not everyone blindly follows a game manufacturer - some people judge each game on it's own merits

cheesy and cheap... *boggle*
Zapo
Posted 11:42am 18/11/11
I will play this game up when Diablo III comes out, but I just dont' see how it's going to be able to compete with the glory that is Diablo III. Still, I will be more than happy to play it for a few months as I enjoyed the first game.
carson
Posted 11:58am 18/11/11
Needs multiplayer or I will probably pass. I enjoyed the first one, but these sort of games really need MP to enjoy the most.
Dan
Posted 12:00pm 18/11/11
It does have multiplayer. coop online and LAN and will be completely moddable.
Dazhel
Posted 12:37pm 18/11/11
I dunno, maybe that answer is yes, the cheesy and cheap torchlight might appeal to enough of a market by default to get a RoI but it will never compare to the huge heavyweight that is blizzard no matter when it's released.


Huh? That's like saying I'm never going to eat chips again because I like steak too much.
gamer
Posted 12:49pm 18/11/11
but it had plenty of issues that a little more development could have resolved.


I played that game through three times. I honestly didnt see a single issue.

The second and third times I played it through was with about 3-4 mods installed which all ran perfectly (such as a mod that lets you guy a scroll to reset and replace your talent points).

I think this guy is too hard on himself. For a indy title it felt A.
paveway
Posted 12:50pm 18/11/11
torchlight was good, yes

but it wasn't great or really even better than diablo 2

really finding it hard to believe that this could be better than diablo 3

but we'll see
slamma
Posted 02:14pm 18/11/11
f**** hell it was a $20 game.take it for what it is.from what i can gather their not trying to be a diablo 3 killer just making a game that ppl will play.
Zapo
Posted 02:21pm 18/11/11
I can't imagine how it will be better than Diablo III - but it can still be fun and keep me clicking until D3 comes out (assuming this comes out before D3).

It's going to be under half the price of D3 though - so you should be thinking about that too when you compare them.
paveway
Posted 02:32pm 18/11/11
i'm not disagreeing with you both

i'm talking to everyone else that's is hoping/suspecting it's going to be better

D3 is going to be king, if not just because of the lore behind it

the story behind torchlight was pretty lamo and basically nonexistent throughout the game
gamer
Posted 02:38pm 18/11/11
really finding it hard to believe that this could be better than diablo 3


uhhh dude no one has said that? why are you making a counter-argument to something no one has said?

it's made by a team the size of which you can count on your hands. why the f*** would you even think it has the ability to 'be better then' a game made by a company with BILLIONS of dollars incoming per year and tens of thousands of staff?

EDIT:

the story behind torchlight was pretty lamo and basically nonexistent throughout the game


LOL story? It's a f*****g hack and slash built in 11 months. By name/definition it doesn't even need much story however it did have a basic story which I enjoyed, which is all it needed.

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