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    guess the release date

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    BlizzCon is August 21-22
    http://www.blizzard.com/us/press/090217.html

    Blizzard will most likely announce a new class for Diablo 3, show more new D3 game video and maybe announce the release date for Star Craft 2

    you gotta figure Runic Games wouldn't release TorchLight right before BlizzCon because if they do they'll get a little press coverage and then 3 weeks later everyone will be talking about D3 and StarCraft

    and that's not good; Runic needs to hold onto the news spotloght for as long as they can and have people interested in the game and buying it; not having people forgetting about it and drooling over new D3 video

    So I'm guessing they'd want to release it at 6 weeks prior to BlizzCon so they can maintain 3-4 weeks of good press before it and all the web turns to pre BlizzCon speculation;
    so, can Runic get TorchLight out by July 4th ?

    I don't think so

    so instead of pushing for a pre-BlizzConn release, I think thye'll shoot for a post-BlizzCon release, but the same news and marketing concerns apply;
    they wouldn't want to release the game 1 or 2 or even 3 weeks after BlizzCon, because everyone will still be talking about what was announced by Blizard; so even if TorchLight is ready by September 1st they won't release it. I think they'll wait a few weeks just so they're able to get more press coverage and web attention

    so around 6 weeks after BlizzCon, but before October 31, (they won't want to release it near the release date of HellGate London, becaue they won't want to be associated with a game that had to close down)

    so the release date will be September 28

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    Re: guess the release date

    My guess is November-ish... that still lets them finish it this year and have it out before the holidays. Summer time would be... incredible, but I think it would take a small army of travis clones working without sleep to manage it :-P How many games get released just a few months after being announced?

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    Re: guess the release date

    Just for fun, Nov. 12, 2009.

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    Re: guess the release date

    I'm guessing somewhere between 1-31/4-12/2009-2010

    Intervall guessing is alright no? :P

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    Re: guess the release date

    I think... november is to late. There is a little chance, but still is, that Blizzard will release Diablo3 this year (I know. Probably not, but this is not a case -they cannot risk it). If that happens in December, than TorchLight will fall in boxoffice sells. They must release this game in July. That would be my guess (If they want to earn some money from it).
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    Re: guess the release date

    Probably when "its done".

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    Re: guess the release date

    Either September 6th, October 31st, or November 15th.

    And the first person who can correctly tell me how I came up with those three dates will win a cookie.
    (Honestly, all three of those dates seem unlikely since they fall on the weekends.)


    Alternate options, using a slightly different method:
    September 17th or November 26th. These are Thursdays, so slightly more plausible, though most video game releases fall on a Tuesday. The second, tweaked method offers no possibilities for an October release of this year.

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    Re: guess the release date

    Personally, I don't expect D3 to happen until at least Summer 2010. First, Blizzard takes forever with everything they do. This is because they want to "pummel" any competition they may have. Therefore, they will make sure their game has everything everyone else's does, and make sure their game does it "better". IMO Blizzard is all about safe bets. Second, they will want to release the new Starcraft before D3, and Starcraft will likely come in 2009. I can't see them releasing two huge franchises in the same year. Third, they will want to test out the new Battle.net before releasing D3.

    As long as Torchlight isn't on the tracks when D3 comes through, I think Runic should have a good opportunity to get their game out there. I mean look at how many copies Fate sold, I have confidence Torchlight can at least meet Fate in sales.

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    Re: guess the release date

    from gathering the info posted here, i think torchlight's target audience is more towards fate and not diablo3.
    [*] 20-30 bucks is similar to fate pricing.[*] online distribution [*] single player only[*] mods[*] pet system

    they will release torchlight when it's done and not concerning about diablo 3 hype.
    my bet will be around summer of 2009 when school is out.

    that's my guess.

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    Re: guess the release date

    I'm fully expecting it to come out in Q4, say.... November the 16th.

    This is purely because I reckon these guys are working bloody hard and would like a break before they jump into developing the mmo. Therefore, release for end of year holidays so bored people buy it etc and then have a month or so off; then start developing the new mmo late jan early feb.

    However I just realised they might want time to do a couple of patches as well... disregard my first guess, November the 3rd.

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