With Diablo 3 coming out in a month, Torchlight needs to wait a couple of months before releasing. They are both point and click loot fest RPG's so It's a hard sell really. Why go Torchlight 2 when you can get Diablo 3? No, really.
Torchlight 2 vs Diablo 3
Sounds a bit unfair, in a way it's like having a kid go against its father. On one hand we have Diablo 3, the latest in the Diablo series that started the point and click lootfest gameplay; on the other hand we have Torchlight 2, a game that is pretty much an offspring of the Diablo games. It was built around what made the series great and can easily be called a clone at first glance. Calling a clone might be a bit harsh to describe Torchlight 2 but that’s just the truth. If they do come out in the same month, we know the clear winner.
Runic Games have been working on the Torchlight sequel for well over two years now, and I'm sure they feel the pressure now that their biggest competition has a release date. So with that in mind, exactly when to release Torchlight 2 is key for success.
Runic Games now has the ball in their court. With Diablo 3 slated for a May release, when is the best time to release Torchlight 2? Well that time was a few months back. I believe the best time would have been 4 months ago, around December and January. Why do you ask? Well because just like me, I was patiently waiting for Diablo 3’s release but was always seeing TBA(To be announced). I'm sure some of you were on the same boat at the time. They could have easily tapped into gamers that were waiting for Diablo 3 to come out. Fill the void until the big show starts really. Blizzrard took so long to give a release date that people were already throwing out jokes around the internet about the games long development. A missed opportunity. I was even betting on Guild Wars 2 to come out first, but obviously I lost that bet.
It’s a hard sell now with Diablo 3 on the horizon. But not all is lost for the young hack and slash series. If I could give Runic Games advice, I’d tell them to wait 2-4 months after May 15. Even though the game is all set for release, waiting for the hype to die is their best bet. Going head-to-head with Diablo 3 is just suicidal, even going through the peak of the game’s hyped after a few weeks will be hard to get gamers attention. Even with its $20 dollar price tag, it won’t be enough to earn a successful release. You never know, waiting might work.
Torchlight 2 Berserker Frenzy
Lets say they do wait a couple of months before releasing Torchlight 2, the thought of comparing the game with Diablo 3 will definitely be there in each gamers head, so hopefully they blow us away when they release the game because I don't see Diablo 3 being shelved after 2 months. Heck people still play Diablo 2 up to this day! I wouldn't be surprised if the third installment has a longer lifespan than it's predecessor. So yea, no pressure Runic Games.
Torchlight 2 is still a game that needs to be explored since it still looks like a solid RPG, it's just now is not the right time for it. I hope they do wait to release the game a few months after May 15 so that people can give the game a chance.
Still waiting for Torchlight 2's release even though Diablo 3 is a month away?