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Torchlight 2 Release Date Announced Today

 The critically acclaimed dungeon crawler sequel Torchlight 2 will be arriving for PC players all over the world on the 20th of September, Runic Games developer of the Torchlight series has announced. “I don’t think there’s much else I could say that would interest you right now, so – the official release date for Torchlight 2 is Thursday, September 20th, 2012. Three weeks away!”, the president of Runic Games Travis Baldree wrote on the Runic forums. They’ll most likely write an official blog post about it after they reveal more information on the game during today’s event at PAX Prime in Seattle, Washington.

“We’ll announce it ‘more’ officially and bigger tomorrow. You know first! Thank all of you for being an awesome and patient community. We look forward to getting this into your hands,” he continued. This launch date marked the end of a grueling wait for fans of the Torchlight series. Torchlight 2 was originally supposed to release in 2011, long before it’s rival, Diablo 3, would release. The game was delayed so that the company was able to add extra polish on the game (along with spending some development time on getting the first Torchlight game ready for Xbox Live Arcade). That said, Torchlight 2 is going to arrive nearly four times the size of its predecessor.

“In terms of scale, Torchlight 2 is close to four times the scale of Torchlight 1 as far as assets go, and probably close to that as far as playtime,” Baldree previously explained a couple of weeks ago. “Ideally, the multiplayer that everyone has asked for will further increase the longevity of the game.” Eurogamer was able to get a hand on with a near-complete version of the game a few months ago. That said, they may be expanding upon that hands on today during the PAX Prime event when Runic Games is ready to show it off.

Paul Dean, a writer for Eurogamer who was writing up the Torchlight 2 hands on said this about the game:

“Torchlight 2 doesn’t feel like a budget Diablo 3. It may be priced at a third of Diablo 3’s download, but it holds its own,” Paul Dean wrote in Eurogamer’s Torchlight 2 preview. “While Diablo 3 remains grimy and grim, perhaps seeming more mature by being so, Torchlight 2 simply celebrates its colorful excess.”

I’m glad to hear that even the guys at Eurogamer are loving the game. It’s really fantastic that it’s already living up to Diablo 3 in the games’ previews. What’s even cooler to hear is that after players are leaving Diablo 3, there have been some reports that they go to pre-order Torchlight 2. Thus we should be seeing a huge influx of players getting on the Torchlight 2 bandwagon and playing on launch day.

Is anyone looking forward to seeing more Torchlight 2 news at today’s PAX Prime event? I am so excited for the game, I have been waiting two years for this one after originally playing it back in 2010 a while after it released and picking it up again this year in anticipation of Torchlight 2 on its way. For those of you that don’t know, there’s still time to pre-order Torchlight 2 before it’s release. If you pre-order Torchlight 2 through Steam, you’ll be given a free copy of Torchlight to play.

Runic Games promised that the game would be out before summer ended this year. Luckily they were able to set the release date for September 20th, two days before summer would official end this year.

source: Eurogamer