Massively Multiplayer Online, or MMOs, take a lot of man power when you really think about it. Whether its server maitenance, continually building and developing new elements to an ever expanding experience, plus keeping an eye out for any potentially dangerous activity from certain players themselves.
And while Runic Games CEO Max Schaefer is optimistic about a Torchlight MMO in the future it's still quite far off from being a priority. Here's what he told Rock, Paper, Shotgun about the concept:
"An MMO is a hell of a commitment. It means we're gonna be doing that for a few years at least prior to release and then committing years of support for it afterward. So it's a decision we take very, very seriously."
With Torchlight 2 still not out yet, but pretty close to going gold, the main focus right now is to get that release out the door and into the hands of players. And with Runic Games being such a small development team when compared to the much bigger firms, it makes sense to keep things sensible:
“We’re not saying we’re gonna do [the MMO] next because we don’t want to be locked into something and disappoint people if it turns out we get to the end of this and really what we should be doing is an expansion or another platform. We want to have that flexibility. We’re a small company. We’re 30 people, and we can only really do one thing at a time. So we want to have the flexibility to pick what we want to make, that our fans are asking for, and make the decision based on that.”
Would you be up for a Torchlight MMO when it ever does come out?