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Torchlight 2 release date teased alongside new trailer

Runic Games has been working on Torchlight 2 for around two solid years, “which is not unreasonably long for this type of game,” says studio CEO Max Schaefer. Promising the studio is “going as fast as we can,” Schaefer says the game should be ready soon – but isn't ashamed to admit that its release is somewhat contingent on a certain other, eagerly-awaited point-'n'-click crawler.

With the Diablo III release date confirmed for May, Schaefer says Runic is eager not to engage the Blizzard behemoth head-on. “Diablo has announced a date, so we don't want to fall right on that,” says Schaefer. If Runic's game is ready to ship right as DIII hits shelves, “then we'll wait.”

“It'll totally be worth the wait,” promises Schaefer: “In the long run, people will be happy we took this extra time.” He's eager to distance Runic's game from Blizzard's, saying the game's $20 pricetag shouldn't mark it as a cut-price alternative to the diabolic threequel. The studio's also released a new trailer highlighting the Berzerker Charge Bar, just one example of the character-specific mechanics it hopes will continue to set Torchlight apart from its competitors.

Does the gaming world have time for more than one game about old-timey fantasy warriors bashing goblins in the face for gold pieces and magical doodads? Only you can decide – well, you and your millions of fellow consumers, so's we can get a decent sample size.

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6 comments

  • thochaos - April 9, 2012 12:36 a.m.

    Now this game should be great, love Torchlight.
  • Scuffles - April 7, 2012 10:14 a.m.

    Don't worry Torchlight 2, don't listen to the haters and fanbois. Where for me Diablo 3 has been relegated to a "wait and see" you are still a "Day 1 purchase" :)
  • sirdilznik - April 9, 2012 7:44 a.m.

    For me Diablo 3 has been relegated to "no sale" after finding aout about the always-on internet requirement. Torchlight 2 was always, and still is, a "day one purchase". :)
  • morgartjr - April 10, 2012 11:49 a.m.

    This. Its barely hanging on by a thread for me...as I don't always have an internet connection when I game, so spending the money for something that only works part of the time doesnt sound too appealing. However, Torchlight 2's features, fun, and gameplay (not to mention pricing)look fantastic.
  • Brumbek - April 6, 2012 7:19 p.m.

    I loved Torchlight I, but since D3 is most likely coming out first and will most likely be awesome, I will question why I need Torchlight II...at least why I need it for the next 2 years or so... Anyway, here's hoping they release a Torchlight II demo and somehow manage to actually be better than D3 in some ways. Otherwise, I am afraid Torchlight II may become a really great but totally redundant game.
  • ncurry2 - April 6, 2012 6:12 p.m.

    But Diablo 3 comes out in like a month... doesn't that render this game useless? Don't get me wrong, I think blizzard is making a number of missteps with D3 but it's still going to be a freakin Diablo game.

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