Runic Games’ next project won’t be anything related to the Torchlight universe, and certainly won’t be a Torchlight MMO, says president Travis Baldree.
"I'll be frank, we have no plans to jump into that right now,” wrote Baltree during a Reddit Ask Me Anything session.
“The landscape is a little different than a few years ago, and creating the amount of content we did for Torchlight 2 was a supreme effort with a team this size. Taking on an MMO immediately afterward is not our current desire.”
The team was suffering from ARPG burnout, added Runic Games vice president Marsh Lefler.
"We really need to take a break. Quite a few of us here have been doing ARPG's in the style of Diablo for 7 years; while Travis has been doing it for probably close to 10 years and lets not even talk about Max and Erich (15+). Something slightly different will be nice. We still love RPG's; especially action ones."
In the same session, Runic CEO Max Schaefer acknowledged that his company was not going to “solve” piracy.
"The last thing we think is appropriate is to punish our honest customers for something other people are doing. We believe that if we put out a quality game at a fair price, there will be less incentive to pirate the game, and that those who do pirate it may decide to buy it down the road."
"I don't think anti-piracy measures work super well in general. Being nice and transparent about what we do, and charging a reasonable price, seems like the most effective way to convince people to buy our stuff. That, and a demo,” he added.
“I mean, we HAVE DRM. But it's not super-draconian. It's mostly there to allow a mechanism to continue playing after you unlock the demo, which is the same download. It will, of course, be cracked within minutes. It probably already HAS been cracked!"
Torchlight II is available on Steam for US$19.99 (AU$19.15).