Torchlight 2 To Release After Diablo 3; Charge Bar Update


Posted April 6, 2012 - By Leah Jackson

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Torchlight 2 Hands-On Preview

Runic Games' action RPG Torchlight 2 will ideally launch a month after its competitor Diablo 3's May 15, 2012 release date. Runic Games CEO Max Schaefer recently told Joystiq, that the developers are working extremely hard to put out a polished product to avoid being considered the cheaper alternative to Diablo 3.

But they're not really a cheap alternative, are they? Torchlight 2 already features a lot of things that Blizzard's upcoming lootfest doesn't have, like an offline mode, LAN support, and modding infrastructure.

Additionally, the Torchlight 2 devs released some information about a new mechanic in the game, the charge bar. For more info on it, hit the break.

The charge bar is a cool new mechanic in Torchlight 2 that will allow you damage enemies in new ways. As you deal damage to enemies, your charge bar will fill up and once it's fully charged you'll release an attack based on your class.

  • The Engineer: The Engineer's weapons and armor can only channel so much Ember before the pressure reaches a critical level. When charged, the Engineer can vent some or all of this excess Ember energy in the form of potent attacks!
  • The Berserker: A Berserker's fury builds until flesh and bone can no longer contain it! Once fully charged, the Berserker's rage converts all successful attacks into devastating critical hits, and few opponents can stand in their way.
  • The Outlander: An Outlander's fighting style builds in speed and precision until it reaches a fever pitch. While charged, the Outlander becomes a whirling dynamo, moving faster and faster and striking where it hurts the most!
  • The Embermage: The Embermage's power stems from control, and control requires concentration. When fully charged, the Embermage enters a trance-like state of total focus, effortlessly unleashing powerful torrents of pure magic!

Sounds good to us. We just can't wait to get the game now! But Schafer reminds us to be patient. "Our total development time on this game is going to be about two years, which is not unreasonably long for this type of game," he said. "We're going as fast as we can. It'll be worth the wait, it'll totally be worth the wait. In the long run, people will be happy we took this extra time."

Sources: Runic Games, Joystiq

Torchlight 2 To Release After Diablo 3; Charge Bar Update


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