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Torchlight II gets 'quality of life' update

Some heavily-requested features

Torchlight II has been updated with a bunch of quality of life features, according to the dev team. While we don't have a version number, we do have details on the patch itself. Check out the notes below.

Transmutation - Back by popular demand, we will be reintroducing Transmutation into Torchlight II with this patch. We will also be adding a few new recipes to the game for this console release, including one that addresses another oft-requested feature…

Weapon + Ability Swapping - Another highly requested feature is making its way into Torchlight II for consoles. We’re giving players the option to swap on the fly between two sets of weapons and abilities to keep you in the action as much as possible!

Respeccing - Players will now be able to use the Potion of Respec recipe to respec their characters. This feature had been heavily requested, so we are happy to bring it to players with this update.

Tips - We will be adding tooltips to the game UI to help familiarize new console players with the nuances of control. Additionally, we have added Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced tips on loading screens to the game.

New Pets! - That’s right, there is an all-new companion for you to bring on your trek.

Polish Language - We have added Polish language support to the game. If you have been waiting for this before jumping in, now is your chance!

Update available for Torchlight 2

Fixing some hiccups

A new update has been pushed live for Torchlight 2. We don't know the version number, but we do have details on what the patch does.

New Features:

● NG+ Reset featured added on Manage Character screen NOTE: For players affected with "New Game Plus" issues, there is now the feature to reset your world on the Manage Character screen. After selecting a "New Game Plus" Character from the Manage Character screen, players will have the choice to reset their "New Game Plus" character's world to a level that more closely matches their character level.
● New Pet in Patch -- The Rhino.
● Added Character Class and Charge Meter descriptions on character creation screen.
● Added a prompt describing Hardcore Mode when players select this on character creation.
● Ability to see player levels beside names in multiplayer
● Controller Diagram added to the Settings Menu

Bugs Addressed:

● Fixed a crash related to pets going to town
● Applied stability improvements for PS4 crashes
● Applied stability improvements for Xbox One launch crashes
● Fixed exploit where players could add more potions to shopping list after running out of gold
● Stability improvements for trading
● Multiplayer stability improvements
● General performance improvements

Torchlight II suffering from New Game+ bug

New Game+++++++++++++++++++++++++

Torchlight II has a wealth of New Game+ content. Usually a game unlocks New Game+ after you run through once, but Torchlight II can go all the way up to New Game+++++, with each "+" making the game more difficult. The challenge is certainly welcome, but a bug discovered in the game is making things just a tad too difficult.

If you save or quit while playing a New Game+ run-through, the next time you start the game up, it will move up one level to New Game++. Obviously the same thing happens if you're running New Game++ or anything higher. In other words, the game will keep getting more difficult every time you quit.

There's no fix for the bug right now, but hopefully one is on the way. Unless you plan on playing through in one sitting, you might want to skip New Game+ for now!

New patch available for Torchlight II

A few bugs taken care of

Torchlight II hit the Switch eShop this week, and there's already a patch to grab! We don't have the version number, but we do have details on what the patch includes.

- Fixed a desync issue where players sometimes don't see the same things in multiplayer
- Fixed an issue where scrolling through the stat UI highlights the wrong items and the description is mismatched
- Fixed an issue where pressing Left on the D-pad in any menu will pop up the "View Invites" screen
- Fixed issues with inititating the "Ghosts of Plunder Cove" quest

Panic Button talks about their work on Torchlight II, keeping portable players/Switch Lite owners in mind

The kinds of Switch ports open up

Panic Button are the masters of the Switch port. They've brought games over to the platform that some people would have thought impossible beforehand. Their most recent work is Torchlight II, which is available right now. In an interview with USGamer, Panic Button head of production Dan Hernberg talks about the unique challenges the team had to tackle with Torchlight II, as well as the focus on Switch Lite and portable players in general.

"The majority of the work wasn't necessarily-you know on other projects like Doom and Wolfenstein, the technical aspect of getting it rendering- most of it was spent overhauling the UI from the ground up so that it felt like it was a native console title. It was a challenge, but in a different way than some of our other things that Panic Button's known for. We think it'll really shine on all of the platforms.

We definitely realize that a lot of people, maybe the majority of people, play their Switches on-the-go. Whenever Panic Button works on a Switch game, portability, not only for gameplay but how the game looks, is super-important to us. Torchlight 2 is no exception. When we redesigned the UI from the ground up, we had the Switch in mind and obviously, the Switch Lite. We've already optimized it for the Switch Lite. If people have a Switch Lite and pick up Torchlight 2, it should feel really good, even though it's a smaller screen and there's less real estate. Most of us around the office when we're doing Switch testing, we're playing in handheld mode."

IGN Video - Torchlight II gameplay

Torchlight II takes you back into the quirky, fast-paced world of bloodthirsty monsters, bountiful treasures, and sinister secrets - and, once again, the fate of the world is in your hands.

Torchlight II might get a Switch Lite-specific update in the future

Making things shine on the small screen

Torchlight II is out on Switch today, and some people are really looking forward to enjoying the game on Switch Lite. In an interview with DualShockers, Panic Button Technical Director Andy Boggs says that the game might get a Switch Lite-specific update in the future that applies to UI.

“Our UI redesign, which would be the biggest thing that [Nintendo Switch Lite] would affect, we had to do that pretty early on, as you can imagine. We didn’t know what the exact specs would be at the time that we did that, but we did know that we wanted to maximize what the UI can look like on these smaller screens. We have had the chance to visualize what that’s going to look like on the smaller handheld. In a patch we may go back, and if users find areas that are too small to read on the smaller screen we would probably look at doing an update for those.”

Torchlight II - more footage

Torchlight II takes you back into the quirky, fast-paced world of bloodthirsty monsters, bountiful treasures, and sinister secrets - and, once again, the fate of the world is in your hands.

Torchlight II now available on Switch

Light the torches...again!

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – September 3, 2019 – Today, Perfect World Entertainment Inc., a leading publisher of live service games, and developer Panic Button announced Torchlight II is now available on the Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One.

Originally developed by Runic Games, the award-winning dungeon crawler invites gamers to explore an exciting new world, filled with blood thirsty monsters and bountiful treasure waiting to be discovered. The team at Panic Button Games has developed a version of the game specifically for today’s consoles, which features brand new content, including exclusive pets for each platform. Torchlight II is rated T for Teen and available for digital download worldwide on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PlayStation®4 system for $19.99.

“We’re excited to welcome gamers back to the world of Torchlight,” said Yoon Im, COO of Perfect World Entertainment. “Panic Button Games has done a phenomenal job of bringing the magic of Torchlight 2 to consoles. Now a new generation of players can discover why the game is a beloved cult classic for RPG fans!”

“Developing Torchlight II for consoles has been a labor of love for our team,” said Dan Hernberg, Head of Production at Panic Button. “As long-time fans of the Torchlight series, we were thrilled when Perfect World chose us to bring this iconic game to new platforms. We hope Torchlight fans are ready to relive the adventure. Gold and glory await!”

The time has come for adventurers to relive the glory of Torchlight II. Fans of the original dungeon crawler can rediscover all of the mechanics that defined the original Torchlight series (which celebrates its 10th anniversary next month!) – fast and furious combat, deep character customization and a signature pet system. The console version will also feature enhanced controls, an improved targeting system and a new interface designed specifically for consoles. Torchlight II on consoles also brings new trophies and achievements, plus four exclusive pets – the Unicorn for Nintendo Switch, the Faerie for PlayStation®4 system, the Molten Imp for Xbox One and the Yapper goblin for those who pre-purchase the game on any platform. A full list of key features includes:

Action-Packed Multiplayer
Play co-op with up to 4 players online. Experiment with hero synergies and take on the fiercest opponents together, for the world’s most awesome loot.

Customizable Characters
Create and customize a character from one of four distinct classes. Each class can be played as either male or female with customized features. Robust skillsets and powerful equipment provides tons of opportunity for unique character builds.

Open, Dynamic World
Explore vast overland areas and multiple hub towns. Fight through rain and snow, day and night. Level randomization ensures fresh new layouts, paths, loot, and monsters every time you play.

Pets and Fishing
Empower your pet with special transforming consumables. Pets can fight by your side or sell loot while you’re out adventuring.

New Game Plus
Once you've completed Torchlight II's primary campaign, you can start again with the same character for a significantly greater challenge. You'll keep all of the skills, gold, and gear you worked so hard for.

For additional details on Torchlight II, please visit https://www.torchlight2.com/

Torchlight II Now Available for Pre Purchase on the Switch in North America

Go preload now!

During this morning’s Indie World presentation by Nintendo of America, Perfect World Entertainment announced that the classic dungeon crawler, Torchlight II is now available for pre-purchase on the Nintendo Switch™ system in North America. Starting today, Switch users in North America can visit the Nintendo eShop to purchase Runic Games’ hack’n’slash RPG ahead of launch and unlock a brand new pet for the game, Yapper, the green goblin. In addition, another new pet has been revealed exclusively for Nintendo Switch – a sparkly and portly unicorn who will accompany adventurers on their journey through the perilous continent of Vilderan. Torchlight II releases on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PlayStation®4 for $19.99 on September 3.

Torchlight II will make its worldwide debut on consoles next month with brand new content and updates designed specifically for new platforms by the team Panic Button Games. This includes upgraded controls, a new user interface for each platform and brand new pets for each platform including:

Unicorn (Nintendo Switch Exclusive) - A perfectly pink and sparkly horned horse that will happily bounce after your enemies.
Molten Imp (Xbox One Exclusive) – A fiery little rascal with smoke and ember effects on its tail.
Faerie (PlayStation®4 Exclusive) – A magically crowned sprite that flutters with its monarch butterfly-like wings.
Yapper (Pre-Purchase Exclusive) – The beloved orange-haired goblin from the upcoming shared world ARPG, Torchlight Frontiers.

Torchlight II is the sequel to Runic Games’ award-winning dungeon crawler, Torchlight. Like the original, the game sets itself apart from other action RPGs with a charming art style, frantic combat, signature pet system and deep character customization. The console version retains these signature mechanics while adding enhanced controls, an improved targeting system and a new interface designed specifically with console gamers in mind. Players will also discover updated achievements and trophies to earn through gameplay, plus exclusive new pets. Torchlight II offers 4-player co-op, allowing players to team up with their friends for combat using a wireless Internet connection on all three platforms or through ad hoc play on the Nintendo Switch.

Torchlight II is currently rated T for Teen. Additional details will be revealed when the game releases worldwide on September 3. Learn more by visiting Torchlight2.com.

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