Yesterday, Reddit hosted an Ask Me Anything interview with Max and Erich Schaefer (of Diablo 1 fame) amongst other members of the Torchlight II development team. There's a lot of juicy information in there.
Kotaku has a pretty decent (although biased) breakdown list of what makes Diablo III and Torchlight II different. They sum it up like so: "If you liked Diablo III, you will almost surely like Torchlight II. Both games feel similar at their core, both have the same randomly generated replayability, and both games are satisfying in the same compulsive, clicky way. Seriously—this doesn't have to be some winner-take-all deathmatch. Both games are fun, and the two can co-exist. That said, if you didn't like Diablo III but have liked past Diablo games, Torchlight is different enough from Blizzard's newest game that it just may be your thing."
Posted by: Bolty - 09-01-2012 12:39 AM
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Torchlight II has been announced for September 20th, and will launch as a digital download from Runic Games, Steam, Perfect World, GamersGate, GameFly, and GameStop.
Psyched to see what so much of the original Diablo team has created yet? Runic Games' CEO, Max Schaefer comments, "We worked incredibly hard to make sure we could release Torchlight II before Summer's official end. Development will continue right up until we ship, and we couldn't be happier to be putting the finishing touches on a great game. We want to get it to the fans as quickly as possible. Honestly, we can't wait."