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Torchlight – A New Diablo Like MMORPG?

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Well firstly, Perfect World Entertainment [The company that makes Perfect World :) ], announced it will be publishing the upcoming MMORPG ‘Torchlight’ by Runic Games. The game was developed by some of the folks that worked on Diablo, Diablo 2, and Mythos. Hopefully those guys still have a little bit of Diablo in them, as Diablo 1 and 2 were some of the greatest games of all time.

Full Press Release:

Perfect World Entertainment has come together with Runic Games and announced their agreement to publish Runic’s upcoming title, “Torchlight.” This adventure-themed, action MMORPG is being worked on by developers of “Diablo,” “Diablo II,” and “Mythos,” including composer Matt Uelmen—also from “Diablo” and “Diablo II.”

Max Schaefer, CEO of Runic Games, said, “Runic Games is very pleased to partner with Perfect World. Perfect World’s strength and expertise in creating and running MMORPGs and track record of high quality of service to the playing community give us great confidence and hopes for a long and prosperous partnership. With ‘Torchlight,’ we strive to bring the best of Western and Eastern gaming together, creating a truly global title.”

We haven’t been given much information about the storyline and gameplay of “Torchlight,” but what we do know is that it involves adventurers seeking magic ore that imbues their equipment with power, but jeopardizes their very existence. It is emphasized that “Torchlight” will have a colorful and simple game world, so you can probably bet that this magic ore will be either very colorful or very sparkly.

Michael Chi, Chairman and CEO of Perfect World commented, “We are very pleased to cooperate with Runic Games, whose members have a first-rate track record. Leveraging Perfect World’s marketing capabilities and deep understanding of Asian culture and player preferences, ‘Torchlight’ is expected to be a ‘global title,’ catering to the tastes of both Western and Eastern players.

“In addition to our involvement in game development leveraging our extensive experience with MMORPG, we will also strive to demonstrate our excellent game operating ability and to offer players unique and exciting online game experience. We treasure this opportunity to work with the professional team of Runic Games, and look forward to the success of ‘Torchlight,’ as a cornerstone for the long-term strategic relationship between Runic Games and Perfect World.”

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