Torchlight II
Posted on August 16, 2012

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We've been working hard on the final phase of polish! Here is a quick roundup of a few small updates and developments:

Most significantly, we celebrated our 4 year anniversary as Runic Games, on August 11. Thank you to everyone who believes in us and love the Torchlight universe. Getting to make great games is our passion. We feel like the luckiest team, and can't wait to release Torchlight II. We're nearly there!


Torchlight II
Posted on July 20, 2012

Continuing from his previous forum post on the state of the game, Travis takes a look at the scale of Torchlight II compared with its predecessor. No time to read? Then don't miss our infographic that captures the difference in a nutshell.

Howdy again. It's time for this week's promised Not-A-Blog, so here we go!

Last week I talked at some length about what we're working on right now, what that actually means, and the process we go through to kick this out the door.

This week I want to talk a bit about some of the stuff that was accomplished over the week, because I know people want to hear it - but I also want to talk about scale, and I'm going to use Torchlight as a comparison. The numbers are pretty fun.

So, first things first - this week -

I spent most of my time working on Act 2 monsters (the second half of the Act). I polished 13 different monsters, and added 12 new skills for them. I set up or revised spawnclasses for 6 different regions. I worked on destructible elements for a sewer area. I made several particle systems to supplement these things. I fixed some multiplayer boss battle issues in a previous area's boss battle, and various other bugs as they arose. I partially completed polish on one boss battle. For Act 2, I have about 4-6 more monsters to finish polish on, 4 or 5 more regions to spawnclass, and 3 boss battles left to touch. I also have various champion packs left to add.

Similar things are happening throughout the company. Marsh is churning through Act 3. He worked on 4 sidequests, completed work on 5 monsters (2 of them champs), set up 7 new skills for those monsters, and added two new major special events. He also added proximity based health and mana steal effects and damage reductions, and completed several region spawnclasses. Polish continues on every front - it's very satisfying to see the march to completion.

So, I said I wanted to talk a little bit about scale. To satisfy my curiosity, I dug back through Torchlight 1's assets to get some statistics. We are often asked what the size difference between the two games is, and usually end up talking a bit about how the Act 1 content compares to Torchlight 1. I knew that Torchlight II was much bigger than Torchlight 1 - that's obvious - but I was still surprised at what I came away with. Here's a sample.

Torchlight 1 has:

  • 7 Unique areas (not counting secret areas or Phase Beast areas, or random maps )
  • 52 Unique monster variants ( this does not count champion variants )
  • 47 total monster abilities ( this does not count boss abilities - this is for the rank and file )
  • 9 bosses/boss battles
  • About 33 unique wardrobe sets
  • About 230 unique weapon models
  • About 60 unique player skills ( not counting spells )
  • About 330 room layouts for assembling levels ( these are subrandomized as well )
  • About 730 item affixes
  • About 3080 items ( although this includes the goofy 'replicated' elite items that we used to stretch out the content - so a more accurate number is probably about 2000 )
  • 15 music tracks
  • About 83 monster models ( not counting bosses or NPCs - there are more models than unique monsters because this includes player pets, summons, variants, and a few other odds and ends )
  • 1860 room pieces ( the raw props used to build levels )
  • 1612 animation files
  • 2778 texture files

Torchlight II has:

  • 44 Unique areas (not counting secret areas or Phase Beast areas, or random maps )
  • 183 Unique monster variants ( this does not count champion variants, of which there are MANY more than + Torchlight 1 )
  • 148 total monster abilities ( this does not count boss abilities or champion abilities - this is for the rank and file )
  • 27 bosses/boss battles
  • About 85 unique wardrobe sets
  • About 395 unique weapon models
  • About 120 unique player skills ( not counting spells)
  • About 1200 room layouts for assembling levels (these are subrandomized as well)
  • About 1344 item affixes
  • About 5773 items (no goofy item replication!)
  • 62 music tracks
  • About 300 monster models - not counting bosses or NPCs (There are often visual variants to a single monster type, for spice, or champion variants)
  • 5665 room pieces (the raw props used to build levels)
  • 5329 animation files
  • 5444 texture files

To highlight these number differences, we put together a quick little side-by-side infographic, take a look!

In terms of scale, Torchlight II is close to 4x the scale of Torchlight 1 as far as assets go, and probably close to that as far as playtime. Ideally, the multiplayer that everyone has asked for will further increase the longevity of the game (we certainly hope so!) These are all new assets as well ( some monsters and weapons return from Torchlight, but they have all been recreated, or in the case of some individual weapons and shields, updated and repainted )

At any rate, wow. That's a lot of stuff. It makes me tired just looking at it, seeing how far we've come - and makes the last push seem that much less daunting.

So, for anyone who has wanted some more-or-less hard numbers indicating the scale of the game, and what you can expect to get for your 20 bucks, hopefully this is interesting info.

Cheers! Travis


Torchlight II
Posted on July 17, 2012

Congratulations to our winners! You guys are entertaining, pulchritudinous, amusing, and BIG WINNERS. Here are some of the favorite tweets that caught our eye:

@Hawkn93 with a slew of tweets that amused, including a riff that's frequently spouted in the office:

@Nechronox from Canada, who is willing to make the drive (and did so last year!) He won us over with a flurry of enthusiasm:

@rook0x51, the other half of the Canuck Brothers who also put forth a great argument in a winning series of tweets:

@stevenli_notlee who wrote ten haikus. TEN!

@TobyDavis_ already has a Runic tattoo. Now that's a fan.

@Taliabear We never said we were above bribery.

Our most favorite tweet of the whole competition goes to @mmsword for this gem:

And the complete list of winners is:

Winners are being notified, and should make arrangements to pick up their badges in person. Congratulations to you all. See you in Seattle!

You can also search Twitter for #TL2PAX to see all the posts people have made.