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Torchlight II Opening Cinematic & Art Style Revealed

Influences include Samurai Jack & God of War

Runic Games has released the opening cinematic for Torchlight II, which helps to link the stories of the first and second games of the series.

Going by the name ‘New Heroes Will Rise,’ the cinematic also shows off the art direction of Torchlight II. Art Director Jason Beck spoke about it.

“When we started talking about doing cinematics we also had to be pragmatic… we couldn’t go big-budget CG, nor did we want to go with in-game cutscenes. We landed on doing something that was heavily stylized and 2D.

Some of the inspirations included the opening 2D sequence in Kung-Fu Panda, the cinematics from Heavenly Sword, the flashback God of War 3 cinematics, and Samurai Jack.

Since our game is almost entirely from a three-quarter, top-down viewpoint we wanted to use the cinematics to give players views they simply didn’t get in game; a bit more sense of place and environment with vistas they couldn’t see otherwise.”

A release date for Torchlight II has yet to be confirmed, but it will be PC & Mac only. The game will also feature co-op multiplayer, as well as a larger in game world to explore.

Source: Torchlight 2


  1. Sympozium
    Since: Aug 2009

    its alright but doesn’t really impress

    Comment posted on 22/04/2012 at 14:25.
  2. Gamoc
    Since: Forever

    That was pretty good, can really see the Samurai Jack in there.

    I thought T2 was coming to consoles? I was looking forward to playing 2 player local coop.

    Comment posted on 22/04/2012 at 15:04.
  3. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    Opening cinematic isn’t great imo, but I’m still looking forward to the game, co-op will be great!

    Comment posted on 22/04/2012 at 15:08.
  4. Nocure-fd
    Since: Mar 2010

    Ya, greatly enjoyed the first game. Been looking forward to this for a while now.

    Comment posted on 22/04/2012 at 18:09.
  5. seedaripper1973
    Since: Forever

    Yay, that vid was in 3d (i pulled out my cinema glasses) wonder if theres more 3d stuf on youtube??

    Comment posted on 23/04/2012 at 19:12.

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