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Torchlight II Stress Test This Weekend

Surely coincidental with the recent release of rival Diablo III, the Torchlight II Website announces this weekend will be a stress test for Runic's action/RPG sequel, as they will evaluate the burden the game will place on their infrastructure and everyone's mouse buttons (thanks AusGamers via VG247). Here's word:

Hi Everyone! We've been busy squashing bugs and deploying patches - 8, in fact! - since our last update. The Torchlight II beta is going really well, and is nearing its end. But before we go, we're going to do a wide network stress test this weekend! We'll be sending out many more beta codes to those who have already made their Runic Games Account. Haven't signed up yet? Go for it now! Creating your account is always your best chance to receive a beta invite - especially this weekend.

The Beta Weekend will start on Friday, May 18th at 11:00am PDT and go until Tuesday, May 22nd at 11:00am PDT. We will be staggering invitations to let participants know they have been chosen, but you will not be able to play until the start of the Beta Weekend on Friday. This is to help stagger downloading of the game client.

The beta will end shortly after this last big network test. We are going to get the last information we need for stress testing, and then get back to finishing the game! A longer beta means a longer wait until we can ship, and we are eager to finish Torchlight II and get it in your hands. Thanks to all our fans who've supported us, participated in, and promoted the beta. It's incredibly fulfilling to see you guys play the game and enjoy it as much as we do.

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129. Re: Torchlight II Stress Test This Weekend May 19, 2012, 17:22 ASeven
 
A bit OT: A Grim Dawn lead dev answers on the future of PC Gaming:

I'm interested in hearing your thoughts on the future of the industry, pcgaming, Kickstarter, and Gambition?
I am thinking we're at the edge of a new era in gaming, but I'm curious what your take is, especially since you have crowd-funding working for you where a year ago only publisher-funding was possible.
Thank you to TECHNOmancer for suggest I re-post this here.

I think it is definitely a new era in gaming, especially for PC. 5 years ago people were saying PC gaming was dead but clearly that hasn't come to pass; quite the opposite. The biggest boon has been digital distribution, which allows smaller developers to reach a large market without publishers, which previously wasn't possible.

Crowd funding is another big boon for small developers, although it is difficult to predict how it will evolve going forward. Another big factor is that the audience has grown and reaching the large casual market has proven quite profitable, which is pulling publishers / larger developers in that direction. To earn back the costs of massive AAA games, they need to hit as big a market as possible. The broader the audience you target though, the less effectively you can please any given segment of the audience.

This creates an opportunity for smaller developers like us to come in and create games that are more focused on a specific audience segment and can better cater to their tastes. I think traditional gamers are also having a bit of a revolution lately in that, I think people are tiring of soulless, watered down AAA titles and there is a resurgence of interest in traditional games with more complex mechanics.

Finally, I think there is bound to be somewhat of a convergence of hardware at some point and it will likely work in favor of a more open platform like PC. Tablets and mobile phones are basically like mini-PCs and they're becoming more and more powerful each year. I imagine at some point, instead of PCs, consoles, and mobile devices, we'll just have super powerful mobile devices that we can easily connect to a monitor / TV when we're at home and hook up whatever controllers we want. That should make it easier for all developers to reach a much larger audiences.

These are definitely interesting times that we live in and it is good to stay nimble as a developer.
 
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