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Torchlight 2 Next Month

The Runic Games Forums now offer the promised announcement of a release date for Torchlight 2, saying the action/RPG sequel is due on September 20th (thanks Mr. Tact). According to Travis Baldree, well see a more official announcement about this later today.

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55. Re: Torchlight 2 Next Month Sep 1, 2012, 10:42 hyperwired
 
WaltC wrote on Sep 1, 2012, 00:54:
WarpCrow wrote on Aug 31, 2012, 10:55:
InBlack wrote on Aug 31, 2012, 10:20:
I tried GW2 at my store today. Aside from the pretty graphics it plays and feels exactly like WoW. Somehow I thought it was going to be more Diablo-esque. Oh well.

I'm not sure how you got that impression. They're utterly different games in many ways; they just happen to belong to the same genre. It's a bit like saying BF3 and CoD feel exactly the same because they're both multiplayer FPS with a leveling system and a similar setting.

Torchlight surprised the heck out of me in how much like Diablo 2 it was/is--the music, the pacing, the voicing--almost everything--it's D2 down to its nubs...;) I liked Torchlight for that because it brought back great memories of D2 so long ago...I was very disappointed to see that D3 was Diablo in name only--didn't buy it and won't play it as I'm no pirate. There's only one thing I hate more than "always online" game designs (because Murphy's Law will always manage to screw things up), and that's...

Cartoon computer games! Argghghghghggjh! Aiyee-ee-e! Ugh-up-chuck! Eeeeeoooowwww!

From what little I've seen of T2 up to now I'm not sure if it's a cartoon or it isn't. T1 definitely wasn't. I did look at an early trailer for T2, and like Borderlands it looks (to me) ridiculously cartoonish--a style I really hate in computer games because it makes me feel as if I am being pandered to in the worst way: as if I am a baby doing a number in my swaddled diapers who still gets a kick out of the Cartoon Network, worships Sponge Bob, and sniffs his tightly clenched, fragrant "boo blanket" while sucking and gnawing his thumb down to the bone!...;)

That's a bit over the top, I know, but I really don't like the cartoon style in computer-game artwork--it very nearly offends me, and that's saying something because I am not easily offended at all. It's like "Wot? You want me to buy this tot's toy, this "play Army" cartoon crammed full of utterly unbelievable explosions in the name of pumping up 'PhysX' while deflating the player's gray matter--you want me to buy that? Wot's that? And you want me to pay $50 for the privilege?" "OK, tell you what...I think I can reach my shotgun in the den inside my locked gun display case in about...oh, 12.657 seconds, as mad as you've made me, because I have the key in my hand right now and the gun is loaded!" (Bad policy, I know.) "So I think if you start right now you can make the door and clear the yard before my artificially rusted and poisoned buckshot penetrates your--" (The guy is gone in a flash and I relax thinking how close I came to doing something really stoopid!)

So you see where I am on Borderlands. I hope that T2 is no cartoon and carries on in the inimitable style of D2 and Torchlight! I pray that Travis has resisted the urge to ruin his franchise by making it all "new and improved"! So new and improved, in fact, that it doesn't resemble his other games, which are sacred and revered.

Let us pray for sanity and depth among game developers. I curse thee, cartoon, and consign thee to the lowest level of hell's hottest dungeons where you shall dwell in great, steaming piles of baby poop until you are dead.

(Gosh, I'm emotional about this, I guess)

I can tell you as a game developer why a lot more games these days are cartoonish ("Non Photorealistic Rendering" or "NPR", commonly but incorrectly called "cel-shading").

Cartoonish graphics are faster to create. Chunky character silhouettes are easier to model and animate. You can basically get away with a lot less art asset time investment. Thats why a lot of studios are going this path... it lets you be lazy.

Fine detail take more time and skill, and is MUCH harder to get to look good. Furthermore you can get away with requiring less powerful hardware and saving video memory since the shaders are more lightweight and the textures can be easily compressed.

However there are some positive gameplay side effects of cartoonish style over photorealistic; mostly centered around readability. You can more quickly "read" what is going on in a busy screen when you have striking silhouettes and bold colors. Its much harder (a finer balancing act) to make a photorealistic game read well, especially those with grim/dark visual themes (where its mostly grey and brown).

Another factor is that with the mobile and casual gaming boom, a lot of developers are trying to have broad appeal and make it more accessible to a wider audience. This is the whole core vs casual argument, and I wont even go there except for saying that the "core" audience is usually worse off. And most sane developers want greater rewards for their work (as would anyone if given the opportunity). Very few fore-go extra monetization strategies for the sake of maintaining purity for the core audience.

I agree with you though. But it makes it less painful to know that there are a lot of cost, balance and market related factors around it - its not just done at whim, and there is reasoning behind it.

TLDR: its just cost-cutting.

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54. Re: Torchlight 2 Next Month Sep 1, 2012, 04:48 xXBatmanXx
 
heheh fired up TL1 not long ago, and went to my stash....what a cluster F! What in the world was I doing? I went through some of my weapons and setups and stuff - geez.....I have no idea what the hell I was planning on doing with all of that crap! Time to clean house and just continue the game.....I am about half way through.  
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53. Re: Torchlight 2 Next Month Sep 1, 2012, 00:54 WaltC
 
WarpCrow wrote on Aug 31, 2012, 10:55:
InBlack wrote on Aug 31, 2012, 10:20:
I tried GW2 at my store today. Aside from the pretty graphics it plays and feels exactly like WoW. Somehow I thought it was going to be more Diablo-esque. Oh well.

I'm not sure how you got that impression. They're utterly different games in many ways; they just happen to belong to the same genre. It's a bit like saying BF3 and CoD feel exactly the same because they're both multiplayer FPS with a leveling system and a similar setting.

Torchlight surprised the heck out of me in how much like Diablo 2 it was/is--the music, the pacing, the voicing--almost everything--it's D2 down to its nubs...;) I liked Torchlight for that because it brought back great memories of D2 so long ago...I was very disappointed to see that D3 was Diablo in name only--didn't buy it and won't play it as I'm no pirate. There's only one thing I hate more than "always online" game designs (because Murphy's Law will always manage to screw things up), and that's...

Cartoon computer games! Argghghghghggjh! Aiyee-ee-e! Ugh-up-chuck! Eeeeeoooowwww!

From what little I've seen of T2 up to now I'm not sure if it's a cartoon or it isn't. T1 definitely wasn't. I did look at an early trailer for T2, and like Borderlands it looks (to me) ridiculously cartoonish--a style I really hate in computer games because it makes me feel as if I am being pandered to in the worst way: as if I am a baby doing a number in my swaddled diapers who still gets a kick out of the Cartoon Network, worships Sponge Bob, and sniffs his tightly clenched, fragrant "boo blanket" while sucking and gnawing his thumb down to the bone!...;)

That's a bit over the top, I know, but I really don't like the cartoon style in computer-game artwork--it very nearly offends me, and that's saying something because I am not easily offended at all. It's like "Wot? You want me to buy this tot's toy, this "play Army" cartoon crammed full of utterly unbelievable explosions in the name of pumping up 'PhysX' while deflating the player's gray matter--you want me to buy that? Wot's that? And you want me to pay $50 for the privilege?" "OK, tell you what...I think I can reach my shotgun in the den inside my locked gun display case in about...oh, 12.657 seconds, as mad as you've made me, because I have the key in my hand right now and the gun is loaded!" (Bad policy, I know.) "So I think if you start right now you can make the door and clear the yard before my artificially rusted and poisoned buckshot penetrates your--" (The guy is gone in a flash and I relax thinking how close I came to doing something really stoopid!)

So you see where I am on Borderlands. I hope that T2 is no cartoon and carries on in the inimitable style of D2 and Torchlight! I pray that Travis has resisted the urge to ruin his franchise by making it all "new and improved"! So new and improved, in fact, that it doesn't resemble his other games, which are sacred and revered.

Let us pray for sanity and depth among game developers. I curse thee, cartoon, and consign thee to the lowest level of hell's hottest dungeons where you shall dwell in great, steaming piles of baby poop until you are dead.

(Gosh, I'm emotional about this, I guess)
 
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52. Re: Torchlight 2 Next Month Aug 31, 2012, 23:17 gilly775
 
deqer wrote on Aug 31, 2012, 15:26:
To all the D3 people,

Why would you sink your time into something you don't own, when you could rather sink your time into something you do own such as TL2; and own it forever, and mod it, and do anything you want with it for as long as you want.

Back trolling again, eh? Just because you didn't like it, doesn't mean others don't. And yes, I picked this up on Steam as well weeks ago.
 
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51. Re: Torchlight 2 Next Month Aug 31, 2012, 20:55 dj LiTh
 
deqer wrote on Aug 31, 2012, 15:26:
To all the D3 people,

Why would you sink your time into something you don't own, when you could rather sink your time into something you do own such as TL2; and own it forever, and mod it, and do anything you want with it for as long as you want.

I'm willing to bet that blizzard supports d3 and patches it longer than runic does TL2
 
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50. Re: Torchlight 2 Next Month Aug 31, 2012, 15:53 Julio
 
I'm going to wait for a demo (or trustworthy reviews) on TL2. It would also be nice to buy it on GOG...if it was there it might be a day 1 buy.  
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49. Re: Torchlight 2 Next Month Aug 31, 2012, 15:40 Darks
 
avianflu wrote on Aug 31, 2012, 14:42:
T2's videos make it look very very like T1 gameplay-wise.

Borderlands 2 looks great but I am concerned that it will be half a game at launch, with lots of DLC to buy extra. Not a pre-buy for me.



Half a game with a 60 Hour Coop campaign, not hardly. And that 60 hours is all depends on the person and if you rush through the game or not.
 
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48. Re: Torchlight 2 Next Month Aug 31, 2012, 15:26 deqer
 
To all the D3 people,

Why would you sink your time into something you don't own, when you could rather sink your time into something you do own such as TL2; and own it forever, and mod it, and do anything you want with it for as long as you want.
 
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47. Re: Torchlight 2 Next Month Aug 31, 2012, 15:17 deqer
 
Optional nickname wrote on Aug 31, 2012, 14:38:
LgFriess wrote on Aug 31, 2012, 13:39:
D3 might have been the best thing that happened to T2's sales.

The sad truth, is that, as soon as we are done with this epic $20 value production of a Diablo clone, we will all jump back into Diablo3, and continue to generate 9 cents per mouseclick over to Blizzard headquarters. I give it 25 days, tops.
Not sure if you aware of Runic's history, but it's impossible for TL2 to have a short lifespan.
 
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46. Re: Torchlight 2 Next Month Aug 31, 2012, 15:05 Mr. Tact
 
Twenty five days for the released content of the game, maybe. For some much less than that, for others much longer. What will most likely keep TL2 going in the long run is the modding.  
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45. Re: Torchlight 2 Next Month Aug 31, 2012, 14:56 ItBurn
 
Optional nickname wrote on Aug 31, 2012, 14:38:
LgFriess wrote on Aug 31, 2012, 13:39:
D3 might have been the best thing that happened to T2's sales.

The sad truth, is that, as soon as we are done with this epic $20 value production of a Diablo clone, we will all jump back into Diablo3, and continue to generate 9 cents per mouseclick over to Blizzard headquarters. I give it 25 days, tops.

Speak for yourself. You're the minority.
 
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44. Re: Torchlight 2 Next Month Aug 31, 2012, 14:55 Draugr
 
Optional nickname wrote on Aug 31, 2012, 14:38:
LgFriess wrote on Aug 31, 2012, 13:39:
D3 might have been the best thing that happened to T2's sales.

The sad truth, is that, as soon as we are done with this epic $20 value production of a Diablo clone, we will all jump back into Diablo3, and continue to generate 9 cents per mouseclick over to Blizzard headquarters. I give it 25 days, tops.

Speak for yourself, not everyone is hooked on their abusive relationships and some of us never bought diablo 3 to begin with.
 
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43. Re: Torchlight 2 Next Month Aug 31, 2012, 14:42 avianflu
 
T2's videos make it look very very like T1 gameplay-wise.

Borderlands 2 looks great but I am concerned that it will be half a game at launch, with lots of DLC to buy extra. Not a pre-buy for me.


 
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42. Re: Torchlight 2 Next Month Aug 31, 2012, 14:38 Optional nickname
 
LgFriess wrote on Aug 31, 2012, 13:39:
D3 might have been the best thing that happened to T2's sales.

The sad truth, is that, as soon as we are done with this epic $20 value production of a Diablo clone, we will all jump back into Diablo3, and continue to generate 9 cents per mouseclick over to Blizzard headquarters. I give it 25 days, tops.
 
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41. Re: Torchlight 2 Next Month Aug 31, 2012, 14:21 Creston
 
Kastagir wrote on Aug 31, 2012, 13:41:
Darks wrote on Aug 31, 2012, 10:15:
This release date is really dumb on their part. Why do they want to compete with Borderlands 2?

I don't think they're considering other games' releases. They promised a Summer 2012 release as part of their pre-order and Sept. 21 is the last day of Summer 2012. They took people's money. I'm sure that plays at least some role in the chosen release date.

That's a very good point.

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40. Re: Torchlight 2 Next Month Aug 31, 2012, 14:04 Yakubs
 
Meh. Disney graphics and TL1 was boring. I'll wait for reviews from people I trust. Plus I have PoE beta  
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39. Re: Torchlight 2 Next Month Aug 31, 2012, 14:03 nin
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Aug 31, 2012, 13:57:
The official announcement is up on their website now along with the official trailer.

http://torchlight2game.com/news/2012/08/31/release-date-announcement/

Nice trailer, other than the music...

Looks great!

 
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38. Re: Torchlight 2 Next Month Aug 31, 2012, 13:57 Mr. Tact
 
The official announcement is up on their website now along with the official trailer.

http://torchlight2game.com/news/2012/08/31/release-date-announcement/
 
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37. Re: Torchlight 2 Next Month Aug 31, 2012, 13:49 HorrorScope
 
Getting both.

Borderlands to me is the state of the art ARPG. It plays just like one but in a more immesrive 3rd person view.

While Torchlight is a traditional ARPG, top down.

Both look amazing and both are priced right for 2012.

Borderlands being SOA - 50-60.
Torchlight being a throwback 20.

It's that other game that is still in top down 2005 mode that charges 60, that is questionable for this buyer.
 
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36. Re: Torchlight 2 Next Month Aug 31, 2012, 13:41 Kastagir
 
Darks wrote on Aug 31, 2012, 10:15:
This release date is really dumb on their part. Why do they want to compete with Borderlands 2?

I don't think they're considering other games' releases. They promised a Summer 2012 release as part of their pre-order and Sept. 21 is the last day of Summer 2012. They took people's money. I'm sure that plays at least some role in the chosen release date.
 
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