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Torchlight XBLA Pushes Torchlight II To July

Runic's CEO reckons we'll have to wait a bit longer for co-op dungeon-crawling action on the PC.

Don’t expect Torchlight II to hit the market until later this summer. In a conversation with Digital Spy, Runic CEO Max Schaefer said that the ongoing development of Torchlight for Xbox Live Arcade has caused a slight delay on the development of Torchlight II, pushing the title back to a July release instead of its projected Spring date.

“I’d say that the Xbox project, having to do the extra work with the interface, has pushed us back a little bit, so we’re probably talking July right now for Torchlight II.” Runic has been proudly pumping up its effort on the UI and control front on the console port of the game, believing it can deliver a native-like experience. 
 

  
The good news, as Rock, Paper, Shotgun points out, is that Torchlight XBLA's development will ultimately improve Torchlight II on the PC. “It’s going great, however. We’ve actually got some optimizations and technical improvements that went into making the Xbox version that we’ve been able to go back and implement into Torchlight II for PC,” Schaefer said later.

Delay or not, we're willing to bet Torchlight II will still debut before Diablo III does.    

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Posted by BradNicholson

Don’t expect Torchlight II to hit the market until later this summer. In a conversation with Digital Spy, Runic CEO Max Schaefer said that the ongoing development of Torchlight for Xbox Live Arcade has caused a slight delay on the development of Torchlight II, pushing the title back to a July release instead of its projected Spring date.

“I’d say that the Xbox project, having to do the extra work with the interface, has pushed us back a little bit, so we’re probably talking July right now for Torchlight II.” Runic has been proudly pumping up its effort on the UI and control front on the console port of the game, believing it can deliver a native-like experience. 
 

  
The good news, as Rock, Paper, Shotgun points out, is that Torchlight XBLA's development will ultimately improve Torchlight II on the PC. “It’s going great, however. We’ve actually got some optimizations and technical improvements that went into making the Xbox version that we’ve been able to go back and implement into Torchlight II for PC,” Schaefer said later.

Delay or not, we're willing to bet Torchlight II will still debut before Diablo III does.    

Posted by Vinchenzo
Edited by SSully

Surprise surprise........

Posted by Winsord

" Delay or not, we're willing to bet Torchlight II will still debut before Diablo III does. " 
 
What makes you think a thing like that? ;)

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Posted by mbkish

FUCKERS!

Posted by animateria
@Winsord said:
" " Delay or not, we're willing to bet Torchlight II will still debut before Diablo III does. "  What makes you think a thing like that? ;) "
If they don't well... They are kinda screwed.
Posted by This_Dude

I'm okay with this delay, because i'm still enjoying the first torchlight on a 3rd playthrough with the last class.

Posted by OmegaPirate

Inb4 "console babies ruining the master race" 
 
Sweiously though, im kind of okay with this, i really wanted a console port of Torchlight, and if the 2 were to release side by side? oversaturation! 
 
Any word on whether ps3 is getting a port?

Posted by TorMasturba

Well then, I'm not buying XBLA Torchlight because I know that they've pushed Torchlight II back so that they can make some money on us buying Torchlight instead of Torchlight II.

Posted by SaucySala

Last gameplay shot is them catching a fish... 
Riveting!

Posted by Cincaid
@OmegaPirate said:
" Any word on whether ps3 is getting a port? "
For the first game? Not by the look of things.
 
For the second game? No word yet for either console.
Posted by mazik765
@OmegaPirate said:
" Inb4 "console babies ruining the master race"
Oh no! You jinxed it! There's no stopping those tools now, they'll be here any minute T_T
Posted by Sammo21

Whatever...I have plenty of games to play until then anyway :p

Edited by OmegaPirate
@CrazyChris said:

" @OmegaPirate said:

" Any word on whether ps3 is getting a port? "
For the first game? Not by the look of things.  For the second game? No word yet for either console. "
Sad face :( - ah well, 360 version it is ^_^
Posted by deSadist

A mention of RPS on Giantbomb. My two favorite things in one place!

Posted by wolf_blitzer85
@mazik765 said:
" @OmegaPirate said:
" Inb4 "console babies ruining the master race"
Oh no! You jinxed it! There's no stopping those tools now, they'll be here any minute T_T "
720p is for bitches. 
Posted by Vitamin_Dei

I'm not particularly happy with a delay... but I do have plenty to keep me busy so I'll take it when it's good and done.

Posted by Miketakon

Cool i'm gonna push my day one purchase to December.

Posted by WinterSnowblind
@OmegaPirate said:
"Any word on whether ps3 is getting a port? "
It's being published by Microsoft, so most likely not.  Though I wouldn't completely rule it out. 
 
As for the delay..  Can't say I'm too bothered, I had no idea the game was supposed to be arriving before then and we're already pretty full with games during March-April.
Edited by sixpin

Don't know if it is because of Torchlight's PC roots, but both articles on here have been full of whining and asinine conspiracy theories. I don't get it. I bought Torchlight on PC. I'll buy it again on XBLA. I'll probably get Torchlight 2 on both platforms assuming they port it to XBLA eventually. Not like these downloadable games are expensive or even releasing near the same time. People need to chill.

Edited by Death_Burnout

This seems like a crappy trade, but if it will improve the PC version then...i dont know

Posted by KaosAngel

Sweet, I guess I'll pick it up after BMT for the cheap now.

Posted by RandomInternetUser

Lame!  I was really wanting to play this with my brother soon.

Posted by MisterMouse

oh well as long as it is for the best!

Posted by RuthLoose
@wolf_blitzer85 said:
" @mazik765 said:
" @OmegaPirate said:
" Inb4 "console babies ruining the master race"
Oh no! You jinxed it! There's no stopping those tools now, they'll be here any minute T_T "
720p is for bitches.  "
Yessssssssssss
Posted by wickedsc3

Unlike most i think this is a great idea.  They obviously are taking their time on a port so it wont be crappy, and they are making more improvements on 2 with also is good.  Also will be able to play through 1 before 2 gets here.  Win win i think.

Posted by ArbitraryWater

It's ok. I'm sure that Torchlight II will continue to still be exactly like Diablo.

Posted by TheAdmin
Posted by ptys
@Winsord said:
" " Delay or not, we're willing to bet Torchlight II will still debut before Diablo III does. "  What makes you think a thing like that? ;) "
Surprised there are close comparisons being made about both theses games in terms of quality. Remember Brad couldn't decide which he was more excited for?.. seems like Diablo would be a no brain for me?
Posted by crusader8463

Dam consoles ruining a good PC game again! Oh well. Between Dragon Age 2 and the new Dawn of War 2 expansion I should be good for awhile.

Posted by Suicidal_SNiper
@Winsord said:
" " Delay or not, we're willing to bet Torchlight II will still debut before Diablo III does. "  What makes you think a thing like that? ;) "
Delay or not Torchlight IV will still debut before Diablo III.
Posted by hpv

The real question is if Torchlight III will hit before Diablo III. Signs point to yes.

Edited by PenguinDust

I don't like it but at the same time, I've got such a backlog it will be sometime before I get around to it anyway.  On the other hand, if Blizzard announces the release window for Diablo III before I get Torchlight II, I fairly certain I won't ever pick it up.  

Posted by KillyDarko

Curse you, XBLA, curse you!!! ^^

Posted by tourgen
@wolf_blitzer85 said:
" @mazik765 said:
" @OmegaPirate said:
" Inb4 "console babies ruining the master race"
Oh no! You jinxed it! There's no stopping those tools now, they'll be here any minute T_T "
720p is for bitches.  "
oh god the 360 version runs at 720?  It hadn't dawned on me that it wouldn't be 1080.  Uugh.  No thanks.
Posted by Jinto

Fucking A man, fucking A. Damn 12 year old console kids.

Posted by 2HeadedNinja

if they can make more money out of the game, all power to them ... and, lets be honest, there is not much to "dumb down" in a game like torchlight.

Posted by Binman88
Yeah, I read this on RPS earlier. Not really looking forward to the game too much to be honest, as I've yet to even play more than two minutes of the first one, but I'm interested to see how it turns out. 
 
@sixpin
said:
" Don't know if it is because of Torchlight's PC roots, but both articles on here have been full of whining and asinine conspiracy theories. "
I don't see anyone whining in this article's comments. I see 4 comments from people assuming people are going to whine (5 including yours), but I see no whining. 
 
Looking at the other article, I see one guy make a negative comment (the first comment on the article), and someone else says something along the lines of "I'd prefer them to spend that time making Torchlight 2 on the PC", which isn't really a negative comment, just the opinion of that poster's preference. The rest (ie. the majority) of the comments are positive. But, the same thing happens there, someone posts saying "why is everyone complaining!!!!?" when clearly everyone isn't. 
 
I think I know who needs to chill out!
Posted by FuzzYLemoN
@drag said:
" Console gamers ruining everything! and so on and so forth.  "
Pretty much this.
Posted by Dallas_Raines

Comments like this are why people think PC gamers are scumbags.

Posted by TomA

AHHHH!!!! I knew this would fucking happen. Godammit, why bother releasing Torchlight on consoles anyway? 90% of the market for that type of game is on the PC anyway, so the argument" the console version will really help fund Torchlight 2" is mostly invalid. And also, whenever a company says something like "Ya the console version really gives us alot of insight and ideas about what we can do to help better the PC version," it usually means that they take the dumbed down aspects of the inferior console ports and put in on PC.

Posted by niamahai

Its not like the entire month of May-July there is only Torchlight 2 to play. Geez.

Posted by sixpin
@Binman88 There are more negative comments than what you mention. My comment was generalized so as not to single out any individual. Next time I'll be more succinct: The idea that the sequel was delayed to boost the sales of the port is ridiculous.
Posted by xeronius1

Sign me up for those who are ok with the delay. I like to imagine that the extra time will go into even more polish. Loved the first, can't wait for the next.

Posted by xeronius1
@sixpin: For real. The more platforms they can port to, the more people can enjoy their games, the more money that can go into their coffers to make MORE games. 
Posted by radioactivez0r

As long as it comes out before D3, it will get plenty of sales I think.  Waiting too long will just doom it.

Posted by Kratch
@xeronius1 said:
" @sixpin: For real. The more platforms they can port to, the more people can enjoy their games, the more money that can go into their coffers to make MORE games.  "
Agreed. 
Posted by Aleryn

Huh.  Well, good on them for having put in the time to try selling Torchlight and Diablo genre in general, to the console masses. 

Posted by Mechanized

This is fucking horseshit. You should have played the game on PC when it came out. It runs on any pc. It has a fucking netbook mode. I'm primarily a console gamer and I can see the bullshit that this is.

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