Who needs Diablo III? Runic announces Torchlight II release date

Torchlight (and Diablo) fans rejoice! Developer Runic has announced that the sequel should be arriving sometime next spring. The plot of the new game will stretch across the continent of Vilderan as you quest to stop an unknown evil that threatens the world. Look, story was never Torchlight’s strong suit, it’s really all about tearing enemies into bits with axes, arrows, and magic fireballs to the face, Diablo-style. And that is Torchlight’s strength, which is why we’re so excited.

The sequel’s arguably more epic plot has been laid over a new game world that includes a randomized continent with weather, day/night cycles and triggered events. The other big addition is the new co-op mode. Although details remain scant, the press release states that Torchlight II enables you to explore dungeons with the help of your friends. If you’re a bit lacking in the companion department the game’s matchmaking service will help you find strangers of similar level who are looking for co-op action.

Runic also promises a number of smaller additions. A new as-yet-unknown class will be included along with customization options for your character’s gender and appearance. The interface is to be entirely revamped to make the game easier to play and a new version of TorchEd will be available for players who want to tweak the game.

Torchlight II will come to Windows first. A Mac OS X release is planned, but a timeframe for release is not set. Runic has indicated that there are no plans for a console version. We really hope this changes, because it seems like a 360 version at least would be quick to port and would rule the XBLA charts.

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  • Gehrich - August 6, 2010 11:59 a.m.

    I'm definitely not excited about this. I'll stick to Diablo 2 with the Eastern Sun mod, all other clones are lacking after playing it.
  • BazyLastard - August 6, 2010 12:49 a.m.

    Torchlight is a great game but I hope the sequel is less crash-prone.
  • wormytables - August 5, 2010 7:59 p.m.

    ME!!! I NEED DIABLO 3!! torchlight, deathspank, titan quest, dungeon seige... all these games are nothing compared to diablo 2 (and, by extension, diablo 3)... my kingdom for diablo3
  • ChiefLethal - August 5, 2010 8:41 a.m.

    Super excited for this one. Big fan of the team they got working on this; Same dude that did the music for the first two Diablo games (which only makes me sad when i realize he wont be doing the music for the third installment) and a bunch of other dudes (maybe some dudettes thrown in there) from Blizzard North, the Northern California office where Diablo 1 and two were made all working on this wonderful Diablo clone. With the multiplayer, Torchlight 2 will keep my busy until Diablo 3s release (if it comes out next year at all). I kinda feel bad suggesting Torchlight 2 will only be an "in- between substitute" kind of game. Bah, who am i kidding. Im sure Runic will love my money either way, and ill be sure to hand it over no questions asked. Play the first if you havent. And also, are those spam ads in the comments above?
  • Austin_SJ - August 5, 2010 7:03 a.m.

    More power to Runic. They realise that there is a gap where Diablo 3 should be and they're filling it accordingly. I'm looking forward to this a hell of a lot.
  • asljirk - August 5, 2010 3:14 a.m.

    Awesome! Many a late night was spent crawling through the dungeon of... well I can't remember where, but I can remember all the stuff I blew up...
  • CH3BURASHKA - August 5, 2010 2:39 a.m.

    Their logo looks like a chicken.
  • Amnesiac - August 5, 2010 12:33 a.m.

    Co-op! The lack of multiplayer was the only disappointing thing about Torchlight. Can't wait.
  • CaptainSpatula - August 4, 2010 11:57 p.m.

    Possibly the best dungeon crawler out there. Multiplayer looks like a blast too considering how tough some of the dungeons in the first one were. Can't wait to play, great article Matt.

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