So you may have been wondering what’s going on with Torchlight II (or Torchlight 2). First, Runic released Torchlight XBLA in the Spring. Then it was stated that Torchlight II would be out Summer 2011. Last we heard, Fall 2011 for the game. Now we have an official update from Travis Baldtree:
“Well, yeah. We did – and we made a good run at that. We’ve come to the realization, however, that getting a game of this scope up to the quality and polish level we want to achieve is going to take a little longer; especially since we want to run a small beta before release to ensure that our launch is smooth.”
“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?”
Runic Games has recorded their first ever podcast with Travis, Max, Marsh, Art Director Jason Beck, Lead Level Designer Patrick Blank and Producer Brock Jones crowded around our solitary microphone to candidly address the State of the Game. Listen here: http://www.torchlight2game.
Fans were invited to the Seattle office to preview Torchlight II. The Runic Games Fansite has all the coverage you need: http://www.runicgamesfansite.
I think this is a delay we all can settle on. We would love to see Torchlight II make it for this year, but not at any expense of the game’s quality or content. So instead, we’ll accept this delay so that they can make the game the best they can. And when it does release, we’ll all be in for a real treat.