Torchlight is still going strong and if all goes well, console gamers may be able to enjoy the title by the end of the year.
Torchlight became a phoenix that arose at independent studio Runic Games from the ashes of Flagship Studios when it was released to critical acclaim last October. The game had sold half-a-million copies as of May, but now Runic CEO Max Schaefer has revealed that the game kept selling well, and that a console version should hopefully be out this year.
Schaefer told Joystiq that Torchlight is well on its way to selling one million copies, or more, as it’s now reached sales of 750,000 copies in less than a year. This may not be anything to sneeze at for blockbusters like Red Dead Redemption, but for a smaller indie title like Torchlight it’s a big success. This could be why Torchlight 2 has already been announced and is on track for a 2011 release.
If you’re exclusively a console gamer, you may have never even heard of Torchlight because the game has only been released on the PC. Runic hoped it would be able to release the fun, Diablo-style game on consoles as soon as possible, which may end up being the holiday season of 2010. Of the console release, Schaefer said: “We’re trying, we’re talking [to Sony and Microsoft] and we hope to get that done quickly.” He revealed that “hopefully” it’ll be released on Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network by the holidays.
And after Torchlight 2 comes to the PC and the Mac, it’s also planned for release on XBLA and the PSN. Torchlight looks like a success story that will keep on going, and also keep on giving to players that enjoy its style of gameplay.