Posts Tagged ‘runic’

Runic On Torchlight vs Diablo, ARPGs’ Slow Evolution

Think I can feel a blizzard coming on.

In almost a month on the dot, Diablo III will finally, honestly, truly launch. This is not a test. Opinions on the beta have been mixed, but still, it is the third entry in a positively massive franchise about everyone’s favorite spicy Latin brand of Satan. We’ve been waiting for more than a decade. All eyes are rightfully on Blizzard’s loot lusting opus. Which is a bit odd, if you think about it. What other genre is so completely indebted to one game? Moreover, is that the slowly festering mark of a stagnant game type? After the curious news that Runic seemingly intends to release Torchlight II a month outside the shadow of Blizzard’s behemoth, I got in touch with Runic CEO Max Schaefer to clarify that comment and chat a bit about the future of the genre he helped pioneer.

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Devilish: Torchlight II “Ideally” One Month After Diablo

That's right! Kill the brazier! Make it pay for its lackluster lighting.
In much the same, incredibly depressing way we’re all destined to become our parents, I tend to believe gaming’s spiritual successors slowly but surely inherit oddly specific qualities of their forefathers. For instance, Serious Sam riffed on Duke Nukem, only for Serious Sam: BFE to spend years in uncharacteristic silence with nary a peep as to its development progress. As time passed, I began to worry that Torchlight II would suffer the same fate, ultimately following in Diablo’s languid footsteps. But then I felt an odd fluttering sensation in my Anger Regions. Is this… optimism?

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Blink And You’ll Myth It: Mythos Released

She looks a bit sheepish.

See the takeover advert that currently adorns this page like somebody’s upended roast dinner? The game it’s for, free-to-play Diablo-alike Mythos, has just been released. You can download the client here, and play for as long as you please with your entirely wallet stowed for the duration. What an age we live in! How far we’ve come. How far we’ve come from prehistoric times, when early man would have to make his own fun by seeing how many rocks he could fit in his mouth.

PC Gamer have spotted a launch trailer and I’ve put it after the jump, but it’s so naff that watching it filled me with a paralysing loss of self-worth. Instead, click on through the jump in order to read me talking about Mythos’ development history, which actually involves Runic, the Torchlight devs. It’s an interesting one.
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Lightwait: Torchlight 2 Delayed To July

'I've got a bone to pick with you.' 'I pick this bone.' 'Okay.'

The sequel to shimmeringly competent action RPG Torchlight is going to take a little longer than expected to achieve its predecessor’s blinding polish, Runic CEO Max Schaefer has told Digital Spy. Rather than arriving in May or June it’s now scheduled for July, and do you know what? It’s none other than the fiendish console toyboxes that are to blame.
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Torchlight Reveals The Alchemist

Pretty!

Runic/Perfect World have this evening revealed a new class for next month’s dungeon crawler, Torchlight: the Alchemist. And they’ve done so with a really rather pretty video, which you can see below. The new Diablo-ish from veteran Travis Baldree (Fate, Mythos) has me very much looking forward to the 27th October when it comes out.

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