Torchlight 2 Asks, Don't You Have Enough Games To Play This Year?

Give it up for Runic Games. Asked to account for why its repeatedly delayed Torchlight II isn't going to release this year, the studio's president just pointed at the other entrees on the holiday gaming buffet and said, hey, with all this great stuff here, you can wait, right?

"You're all playing Skyrim right now anyway, aren't you?" Travis Baldree wrote on the game's official site. "Or Battlefield 3? Or Uncharted 3? Or Saints Row 3? Or Arkham City? Or Skyward Sword? Or Minecraft? Or Modern Warfare 3? Or Dark Souls? Or Assassin's Creed Revelations? Those are awesome games. When Torchlight 2 goes live, we want it to be awesome too - all the way through."

In seriousness, the game's PC release is delayed again because it's just not cooked to perfection yet. "We've come to the realisation, however, that getting a game of this scope up to the quality and polish level we want to achieve is going to take a little longer; especially since we want to run a small beta before release to ensure that our launch is smooth."

Baldree went on to say that though the first Torchlight was released in "record time," it did so with "plenty of issues" that more development time and resources could have resolved pre-release. "We do have those resources for the sequel, and we feel strongly that we should apply them to make this the best game we can make and hopefully one that you'll enjoy and continue to want to play in the future," he wrote.

An Update from Travis Baldree [Runic Games]


    Very wise on two counts. I will wait patiently, with my copies of November's AAA titles strewn about me.

    I'm okay with this very much so. Smart thinking by their account, they get extra time to perfect the game while we have fun with other just released games. That's why you're great, Runic Games :)

    I saw some of the Torchlight 2 LAN footage in Gamescom on youtube by TotalBiscuit and it looks really slick and neat already :D

    Such a small team at Runic you can't blame them.

    Yes.. actually I'm glad.. I have Skyrim to get through first.. yes.. they are different games but still RPG set in Fantasy world so would appeal to similar audiences..

    Will be buying this over Diablo III because I like the way they present the genre.

    The longer they leave it the closer they come to butting heads directly with Diablo 3..

      True, but right now they'd be butting heads with Skyrim, Saints Row 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3, Assassin's Creed: Revelations and Batman: Arkham City.

      Meh, let them go up against World of Diablocraft. Never had I been so hyped for a game only to be horribly disappointed with every release of new information about it.

        @Chazz I'd have to agree.. but at this rate I'm quickly losing any interest I have in TL2

          Really Vuunik? If anything I'd think it would increase interest due to the extra polish they're putting into it.

    yeah take the time to polish the game rather than releasing it incomplete with overpriced DLC like so many other developers are choosing to do to battle '2nd hand sales'

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