Runic Games CEO Max Schaefer recently announced that Torchlight 2 has had its release date pushed to sometime in July of 2011. This bit of news was disclosed during a recent interview with Digital Spy.
The cause for the delay was an issue with porting the game over to its console version for Xbox. Additional work had to be done on the interface, but apparently this minor delay is worth the wait. Schaefer mentioned that certain technical improvements had been made for the Xbox version which will now be implemented into the PC version as well.
“I’d say that the Xbox project, having to do the extra work with the interface, has pushed us back a little bit, so we’re probably talking July right now for Torchlight II,” he explained.
“It’s going great, however. We’ve actually got some optimisations and technical improvements that went into making the Xbox version that we’ve been able to go back and implement intoTorchlight II for PC.”
“We’ve got load times down, we’ve got some animation stuff that’s a little bit better, and it’s feeling really good right now.”
He also added:
“Torchlight II is playing really snappy and really sharp, so I’m very excited about that.”
All in all, very good news. Given the fact that Torchlight 2 was only just announced late last year, waiting two more months for it is not really a big deal, especially if the game will be better for it! 🙂
Although I’m sure to cut my Torchlight 2 playing time down to almost nil once Diablo 3 is released, it will no doubt be fun for the few months leading up to D3’s release. Then again… who knows. It may kick ass. Depending upon the playability of the new character classes, along with the awesome new multiplayer feature, Runic may just give Blizzard a little run for their money. 😉