It has been common knowledge for a while now that Torchlight 2 will be supporting a co-operative multiplayer, but Runic Games have said in an interview with VG247 that it could support up to eight players at any time.
In the interview, Max Schaefer, co-founder of Runic Games, says the developers are trying to hit the May release date for Torchlight 2, which will be coming to the PC with online co-op and overland areas as opposed to mass dungeons from the first Torchlight.
Schaefer says that Torchlight 2 runs on the same graphics engine and technology as Torchlight. Obviously because there will be more people on the screen with more things happening at any given time, the performances won’t be identical to the first game but it will be quite close.
“If it runs on old machines, then the market is bigger; also, action-RPGs really benefit from a smooth frame-rate more than other game genres do. By going low-spec, your frame-rate goes up on your good machines as well,” he says.
He went on to say that the low-tech approach of Torchlight has its benefits in performance on any machine, not just running on low-end machines.
In the interview, Schaefer also comments about Torchlight being known as the stop-gap game between now and Diablo III. He said that they are pleased to hold such a title and they have a lot of respect for Blizzard and what it is doing with Diablo III.
“Obviously, we’ll be day one purchasers of Diablo III, and it’ll delay whatever we’re working on at the time, but at the same time we’re glad we don’t have to do it. They have incredible expectations, and there’s almost no way that they’ll be able to please everybody with what they do. It’s a scale and a level of responsibility and a situation that in some ways we’re glad we’re not in.”
Schaefer also touches on the multiplayer aspects of Torchlight 2 and says in the interview that the game is entirely soloable, so gamers will be able to play on their own. He says that Runic hasn't set a party maximum yet but the sweet spot tends to be between one and four players. In addition to that, Runic has scrapped the previous classes from Torchlight and instead introduced four new character classes.
Gamers can check out the full interview with Max Schaefer over on VG247 at this link.