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A sequel to Torchlight, boasting Co-Op support and a Plot continuation of the game that won Game Developer’s Choice Award for Best Debut of 2009, has been announced!

Posted by BadgerDeluxe on Aug 4th, 2010

Runic Games, some of the key people behind Diablo, Diablo II, Mythos, Fate, and Torchlight, have announced a sequel to last year's surprise hit! It's scheduled to be released Spring 2011 and comes with a plethora of new features and upgrades, but the most notable? Co-Op using your choice of a Local Area Network or their free matchmaking Peer-to-Peer service! Other features include:

  • Customizable Characters – Players create and customize a character from one of four classes available and choose an animal companion. Through cosmetic, class, and gender choices, skill path decisions, and the treasures they acquire, each character can be custom-tailored to each player’s needs.
  • Moddability – Torchlight II will release with an updated version of TorchEd, the Torchlight editor. Players have the option to create their own mods, adding even more content to the world. You and your friends can download the same mod and play together!
  • New User Interface – Torchlight II boasts an entirely new, improved user interface, designed to be easier than ever for new players to pick up and play. Thanks to this intuitive interface, players have immediate access to a rich and varied world, with little experience necessary.
  • Overworld Areas – Torchlight II has large randomized overworld areas to explore with weather, time of day cycles, and random events that provide players with even more content to experience.
  • Random Dungeons – Delve into randomly generated dungeons within the game at any time for extra experience and rare loot. Dungeons in Torchlight II have even more branching paths to explore with friends filled with random events, rewards and dangers.
  • Retirement System – Once characters are sufficiently leveled up, they can “retire” and bestow specific benefits and perks onto new characters.
  • Pets – Players choose a pet to accompany them. Pets level up along with the player, and help in battle, learn spells, carry items, and perform a variety of support services.
  • Fishing – Fishing returns in the sequel! Players can take a break from the high-energy pace of adventuring to relax by one of the many fishing holes and see what they can catch. Fish have unique benefits for the player and pet, while a number of other rewards can also be discovered.

It should be noted that they have also announced through the @runicgames Twitter that Torchlight 2 is NOT the MMO that they still have planned, but rather just a sequel to Torchlight with engine upgrades and Co-Op capability, which seems more than enough for me! Those looking forward to a full Torchlight MMO seem to have nothing to worry about, as well. In addition, they also stated through Twitter that there will be a Mac version, released at at time TBD after the PC version. Head on over to the Official Torchlight 2 site for details and updates, as well as links to PC Gamer's interview and first look at the art of the game!

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LPFreak
LPFreak Aug 5 2010, 3:43am says:

That is pretty quick...

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Nikholai-Chan
Nikholai-Chan Aug 5 2010, 4:18am says:

Sounds good but, surely a bit more development time is needed mind you...does sound a bit quick.

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Undying_Zombie
Undying_Zombie Aug 5 2010, 6:33am says:

To be honest this sounds like its a rush for more money. While I enjoyed the first Torchlight I am not exactly excited about a 2end one coming out.. even more so this soon.

I am just hoping this is not like a Valve move where things that was planned to be added to the first one was instead churned into a "new game" even though all around it plays more like a expansion and/or "DLC".

Besides that though.. anyone notice the sales pitch is exactly like the one used for the 1st Torchlight? A lot of the features are already in the first one..

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BadgerDeluxe Author
BadgerDeluxe Aug 5 2010, 11:17am replied:

Haha yeah, I definitely noticed that as well... but I enjoyed the first one enough, and being that this one has Co-Op, I think it'll be a good enough fix until D3 comes out :P

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HeadClot
HeadClot Aug 6 2010, 1:25am replied:

Agreed

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olvimasta
olvimasta Aug 7 2010, 10:55am says:

nice

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