Torchlight 2 release date finally pinned down

Less than a month to go.

Dungeon-crawling sequel Torchlight 2 will arrive for PC on 20th September 2012, developer Runic Games has announced.

"I don't think there's much else I could say that would interest you right now, so - the official release date for Torchlight 2 is Thursday, September 20th, 2012. Three weeks away!", Runic president Travis Baldree wrote on the official Torchlight 2 blog.

"We'll announce it 'more' officially and bigger tomorrow. You know first! Thank all of you for being an awesome and patient community. We look forward to getting this into your hands!"

The launch date marks the end of a long wait for Torchlight fans. The title was originally due to launch in 2011, before rival role-player Diablo 3.

Delayed to add extra polish (and due to development time spent on the Xbox Live Arcade version of the original Torchlight), Torchlight 2 will arrive four times the size of its predecessor.

"In terms of scale, Torchlight 2 is close to four times the scale of Torchlight 1 as far as assets go, and probably close to that as far as playtime," Baldree previously explained.

"Ideally, the multiplayer that everyone has asked for will further increase the longevity of the game."

Eurogamer went hands on with a near-complete build just a few months ago.

"Torchlight 2 doesn't feel like a budget Diablo 3. It may be priced at a third of Diablo 3's download, but it holds its own," Paul Dean wrote in Eurogamer's Torchlight 2 preview. "While Diablo 3 remains grimy and grim, perhaps seeming more mature by being so, Torchlight 2 simply celebrates its colourful excess."

5 minutes of Torchlight 2 beta gameplay

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