Will The Torchlight MMO Work?
Like everyone else on the Internet, I’ve been busy playing Torchlight. I’ll probably write up my thoughts about the game soon (to summarise, tis gud) but playing it single player has really made me wonder what it will be like as a MMORPG and, more importantly, if it would actually work.
In case you’re not familiar with Torchlight, here’s a quick rundown of what it is. It’s Diablo. OK, now that we’ve got that out of the way, we can talk about the MMO element of it. Runic Games has stated that it they will launch a MMO version of it in the future (they are very unspecific about it all) and although I have my suspicions that they’re not actually talking about a traditional EQ/WoW MMO but more of a Battle.net style “MMO” (not my clever quote marks), let’s just pretend they are.
I imagine that a MMO version of Torchlight would essentially be similar any standard fantasy MMO. Bunch of different races, starting areas, quests, dungeons, raids and all that jazz. The big difference of course would be the style of gameplay though. Instead of playing a 3rd person avatar and clicking auto-attack then pressing a few keys as you stand and face your opponent, combat would be a mouse click frenzy and a lot more hectic. I personally could imagine that being a lot of fun but I’m sure many die-hard MMORPGers would disagree.
Combat in most MMOs isn’t exactly thrilling stuff so the Torchlight/Diablo/Titan Quest mouse-mashing style might be a nice break. It would certainly be a lot more fast paced and twitch based. However, the downside is that clicking your mouse like a mad man might get quite repetitive after a while plus instead of sneaking in pee breaks during ninja AFKs, you’ll be busy developing RSI in your index finger.
Aside from combat and an isometric graphics style, I’m not sure what else would be different between the Torchlight MMORPG and any other out there. So to answer my own question, yes, I do think the Torchlight MMO will work. I’ll just start exercising my clicking finger now though.