Torchlight II glowing in spring 2011

Sequel to Runic Games' Diablo-esque dungeon crawler offering new classes, quests, monsters, online co-op early next year on PC.

Blizzard Entertainment has certainly been taking its sweet time delivering the next installment in its highly regarded Diablo action role-playing franchise. However, fans of the formula were given a wholly palatable amuse-bouche in 2009, in the form of Torchlight from Runic Games. With Diablo III still an unspecified distance off, Runic announced today that a second installment in its Torchlight series will arrive for the PC in spring 2011.

Torchlight will continue to burn into next year.

Torchlight II will carry on in the same vein as last year's original, whereby gamers will embark upon Diablo-esque point-and-hit adventures through randomly generated dungeons to secure rare items. In addition to an original storyline, Runic said that Torchlight II will include new character classes, quests, monsters, and dungeons, as well as "an expansive overworld."

Perhaps the most welcome change for fans of the original is the addition of co-op multiplayer. Torchlight II will include a free matchmaking service for peer-to-peer multiplayer, and gamers can also join up with their friends online.

Formed in 2008 by veterans of the now-defunct Hellgate: London outfit Flagship Studios, Runic Games includes a number of employees from Blizzard North, which created the original Diablo franchise. The studio expects to offer a first look at Torchlight II at Gamescom in Germany later this month.

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PlusFour
PlusFour

Can't wait! First one is a brilliant game and with multiplayer it looks like it can only get better!

XanderZane
XanderZane

Just downloaded the first game. Haven't had a chance to play it yet, but my co-worker had it on his laptop and was showing it to me in action. Game looked and played great. I'll give it a try once I have some time. Game reminds me of Diablo. I should finish the first game in time to play the sequel.

The_Breadcrab
The_Breadcrab

Good to see the first one did well. I'm looking forward to this.

ogara0c9
ogara0c9

@magusat999 Just wondering who you mean by "they". If you mean Runic Games, this is probably all that is on their plate if thy're to finish in Sp2011. If you mean Gamespot, come-on, do you see all this coverage?

guitarist1980
guitarist1980

They just better hope Diablo 3 isnt coming out around that time.. because if it is they might as well shut down there whole company if Torchlight is the only thing that they have going. Diablo 3 is going to be so good its scary.

Fusco1980
Fusco1980

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Frunzo
Frunzo

man my spelling was really bad in that one

Frunzo
Frunzo

@Fusco1980 you are right about the start up costs, but people use tvs for other things like watching movies and cable television. I know you can do all the with your pc but most people dont, so get a consel seems better in most peoples minds

Slyster1181
Slyster1181

Typical.. First they said there wasnt MP with the original because of their " MMO " and now they are trying to cash in on another release that has MP. It was all a bunch of crap just so they could double dip. And its quite clear that the whole " Blizzard North " crap is used to create hype because they didnt follow through on Hellgate London and sure as heck didnt with Torchlight. Blizzard knew what they were doing when they let those guys walk.

magusat999
magusat999

That's nice - but why are they talking about something that won't be out for almost a year - isn't the Christmas season coming up? We need to hear news about the upcoming season, not the distant future...

Garra12345
Garra12345

never heard of this game but i am going to buy it.

Fusco1980
Fusco1980

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Eraldus
Eraldus

I hope that a Paladin-like class is one of the new classes

wahyudil
wahyudil

please add a good story and great FMV to made me stick to the story

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

LISTEN Y'ALL... the only thing that makes me like PC(s) is - Backward Compatibility - Enhanced Graphic - Various controller Mouse/Keyboard/360gpad - Bigger HDD than most systems - Cheap games..well.. around $40 - $50 - AND DIABLO... BABY...WOOO... :D I'm waiting like forever since D2.. well.. Torchlight also pretty tho.. :P

KoRniTo
KoRniTo

Now this is an amazing news :D

PC4Me
PC4Me

Agree @ BlueShark1 living over 4 GHz is nice :) @fusco1980, I wouldn't really consider 3.2GHz overkill, it's been out for years without an o/c and not new with the i-series, I know you didn't claim it was, it just seemed like you were impressed like it was a new speed, no offense. If that's overkill to you, visit the world of serious o/c'ers, lol, you'll learn the real meaning of overkill!- trust me, 3.2GHz in their world is laughable. Again, no offense. (I love talking PC too!) Also love Torchlight but not impressed with mp ideas.

BlueShark1
BlueShark1

@ Tidal_Abyss & Fusco1980 PC is where it's at. Tidal_Abyss is right, 3. anything isn't really fast, no offenseT_A, you have a nice rig at 3.8GHz, definately respectable and faster than many gamers outside of crazy enthusiasts! -but you were right, the real movers are over 4 GHz's, I knew a girl, her rig (last year) was running 4.6GHz, still drooling over 3.2GHz Fusco? lol. No offense, I'm just saying. You can even order from factory (factory safe o/c) a PC at 4GHz if you're not the type of person comfortable trying to do it yourself. They make sure you have plenty of cooling and that it can run cool enough and stable enough at the speed. I just love talking about PC's! About Torchlight2, uummm, I have the first one, but I've been too busy to start it. I guess I need to get on with that hu?

Philbrush
Philbrush

I love playing Torchlight! Hopefully the second will have a bit more story to it, and the co-op is what was really missing from the first....can't wait!

bloodtears
bloodtears

@zobbi4110 actually I consider myself to be a pc gaming enthusiast... I am also a realist.

Ychi
Ychi

Man oh man I cant wait! Hopefully they will offer a super tasty beta to be available for us to play err I mean beta test. I love Torchlight and the only thing I felt was lacking is MORE! More quests, monsters, classes, etc etc. Mods have helped some but I was really hoping for a downloadable expansion pack. Will definitely be keeping this on my tracked list and look forward to its release : )

Echorai
Echorai

This is great news. What's awesome about Torchlight I is how easy it is to mod the game. I've put tons of hours into tweaking TL (and of course playing it) and loved what I've done. It's easy to pick up and play. Easy to end a play session too. And at 20 bucks or less, it's a steal. Torchlight II should be even better with the co-op. (I haven't checked but is this different from the Torchlight MMO they were working on or did they turn it into TL2?)

Lustra89
Lustra89

I still need to try the first one, I'm hearing good things about it

Tidal_Abyss
Tidal_Abyss

lol yeah, I don't really need my 3.8GHz but I like having it ;) To be honest, I am surprised the i7's aren't faster than they are. My processor was pre-i series. It's an Intel Core2 Extreme quad core technology running from 3.2 (prior to o/c) up to 3.8 (o/c), I look on newegg and the fastest (intel) processor on there was an i5 @ 3.3GHz if I remember correctly, but I haven't looked around a lot lately. 3. anything isn't really fast, the people that are flying are running over 4GHz's. I was doing my 3Dmark on my computer a while back and they're like 4.8 and all, I can't remember what the fastest was, my rig always scores really good but showing results that far over 4GHz's makes me feel slow @ 3.8!! Far as gaming, my processor is fast enough, even without o/c but I'd like to up my GTX 280's with 480's, I have enough fans/liquid cooling for a couple of them, but the nice thing is, when you buy right to start with, you only upgrade because you want, not because you need.

Fusco1980
Fusco1980

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100proofsoco
100proofsoco

@Rottenwood, I dreaded the jungle portion of Diablo 2 after the first time. Thumbs up for that.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

My only beef with this article is the term 'amuse-bouche.' Bonus points for the obscurity of the phrase, but implying that Torchlight is a mere appetizer is a bit unfair. It is a worthy game in its own right, and not merely some stepping stone to Diablo 3. It was far more replayable than Diablo 2 in many ways, as I could never stomach doing the desert or jungle portions after the first two times.

Huggy_Monster
Huggy_Monster

Another thing people tend to overlook, most pc games you can pick up for £15-20 (uk) in few weeks after release brand new.... where as there colsole equivelents remains £40-60 almost year after release, buy a few dozen games and suddenly the console becomes far more expensive over the long term as you be spending thousands on games, especially when most console games can be compleated in week or 2

Invisstalker
Invisstalker

Hmm. Diablo 1 > Diablo 2. The devs from Diablo 1 are making Torchlight 2. The devs of Diablo 2 are making Diablo 3. Ergo, T2 > D3. Although I do have high hopes for both. (I will be buying both) :)

DuncanM908
DuncanM908

Pretty sure Diablo 3 is a 2012 release, guy below me. So Torchlight 2 looks to be THE loot-based dungeon crawler of 2011

Hanzoadam
Hanzoadam

I still need to play the origonal one I got :P

krelmmaster
krelmmaster

I enjoyed the original Torchlight, but it's lack of multiplayer was rather shocking. Sadly, if Diablo 3 is released next year then Torchlight 2 is doomed.

Tidal_Abyss
Tidal_Abyss

Agree @ Fusco1980 & Tehspartan333 - Very good points. As a PC enthusiast, I agree about not needing a top end rig to play what's out there maxed. I honestly wonder if non-PC people actually believe that you have to upgrade every couple months or they're just trying to keep the lie alive? I'm sure there's some in both camps but the honest truth is if you budget and build a decent (not a monster) rig to start with, especially since spec requirements haven't really moved much, you can go years between small updates, and for getting such a quality machine for gaming and practically everything else, it's worth it. For PC gamers that like mp, don't have to pay to play like m$ makes their console players pay for xbox live- we all have to pay internet connection fees, why pay for online twice? 99% of regular edition games are cheaper, PC's have better online communities when dedicated servers are provided, the modding community- goes without saying as well, the customization of a PC/PC game, I could go on all day, there's just so much to PC gaming. I'm not trying to sway people who want to argue over platform wars, because that's pointless drama, I'm just putting some info out there for the people who just genuinely don't know what all PC gaming and nice PC rigs have to offer. I got my gaming rig 08, I have QX 9770 running at 3.8GHz, 2x GTX 280's, nForce 790i Ultra SLI, so on but nothing out there makes my rig work. You don't 'need' an enthusiasts' rig to get something good.

bodylotion
bodylotion

Torchlight is a good game but somehow i never played it that much because i always found myself in a position where i had too many weapons and no idea which one was really better.

Witchsight
Witchsight

And i wish we called Cars Steeds instead, Carry it all over!

PcGamingRig
PcGamingRig

is it called flashlight in america? :P

Fusco1980
Fusco1980

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Sinisandy
Sinisandy

Sweet some more practice if it comes out before Diablo 3.

Liponade
Liponade

oh my god epic! i friggin love torchlight!

SoetSout
SoetSout

I second what Techspartan333 Said. i only upgrade my pc once every 2 years, and then i buy the latest. ive got a ps3 and xbox, and while the winer between them will shift depending on game, the PC has ALWAYS had the beter quality. if u cant aford a good pc then your a lazy bum that lives with his parents and afraid of geting a job. 2 years is enough to get the money for super rig.

zobbi4110
zobbi4110

@bloodtears the console idiocy, it hurts.

Flatland013975
Flatland013975

@Tehspartan333 I agree with you. I've been running a Q6600 (THAT'S JAN 2007 FOR YOU PEOPLE) and an HD 4850 since July 2008, and I can play almost everything on max at acceptable framerates. Granted I am getting an HD 5870 later this year, but that's just 'cause I can.

djmiranda15
djmiranda15

I keep my hopes up for this one! I just hope co-op is the only multiplayer mode, because I'll be furious if I find anything that resembles PvP!

Tehspartan333
Tehspartan333

@bloodtears. PCs are able to run current games at higher resolutions. I've played GTA IV on both the PC and on a friend's Xbox 360, and it looked way better on the PC with anti-alias and ultra settings. Btw, It's just a myth that you have to upgrade your pc every second. Hardware development is way ahead of software, so if you get a decent rig from the start, you wont need to upgrade before the next gen console comes out.

Knoar
Knoar

This is the best gaming news I've heard in quite a while! I just hope the item base is gigantic.

AzatiS
AzatiS

Had great time with Torchlight. Solid game , diabloish action , fast paced , easy and .... fun!!! Too bad didnt had MP and after "completion" drove me away. Now T2 will have MP ..swweet.. I hope it supports 5+ players per room , Towns/channels to trade your goods , good economy , PVP/Dueling etc etc.. Lets see!!

fattass21
fattass21

wow, i read that the team was good, but whoo. i loved torchlight, heres hoping to a good outcome for this game.