The official Release Date for Torchlight II is Thursday, September 20th, 2012
Preorders are available with different bonus' available depending on your retailer for $19.99. Steam is offering Torchlight 1 free with your preorder, and are also offering their bulk 4-pack of T2 for $59.99.
From the Wiki
Torchlight II is an upcoming action role-playing game developed by Runic Games. It is the sequel to Runic's 2009 ARPG, Torchlight, and features peer-to-peer multiplayer support and extended modding capabilities. A release for Mac OS is planned for some time after the PC release. Runic Games originally estimated the PC version's release date to be sometime in 2011, but in November 2011 company president Travis Baldree announced the game release date would be pushed back to 2012 to allow time for further polishing and a beta test.
Like the original Torchlight, Torchlight II will feature randomly-generated dungeons for the player to explore, and numerous types of monsters to fight for experience and loot. Torchlight II maintains the same basic gameplay as its predecessor, but features overland areas with multiple hub towns, and a longer campaign. Other new features include time of day cycles, weather effects, and a redesigned user interface. Players will be able to customize character appearance with choice of sex, face, and hair style. Additionally, several elements from the first game will be returning, such as pets, fishing, and a retirement system.
The game will feature four playable character classes. The Engineer (formerly known as the Railman) is a heavy melee fighter who uses ember-powered steampunk technology; the Outlander is a wandering nomad who uses ranged weapons and "low magic". The Berserker uses quick attacks and animal-themed special powers, and the Embermage is a highly trained spell-casting class with elemental attacks. The three classes from the original Torchlight do not return as playable characters, although they are present in the game world as NPCs.
As stated in the trailer for Torchlight 2, Runic games have announced that they "heard their [the fans'] pleas" and criticism concerning the fact that Torchlight was a lonely experience without co-op. In addition to single-player mode, an all-new cooperative multiplayer mode has been promised, supporting both internet and LAN play. Runic has not yet decided on the maximum number of players per game, but Runic co-founder Max Schaefer stated that in their testing, groups of 2-4 players gave the best experience.
Edited by Waughoo, 31 August 2012 - 04:28 AM.