Diablo III was first developed as an MMO game

Diablo III as an MMO game? That was apparently the original plan at Blizzard when the team first started developing the game. In a new article at Games On Net, former Blizzard team member Max Schaefer, now the co-founder of Runic Games, is quoted as saying, "When I was working at Blizzard a million years ago we were working on Diablo 3 and it was an MMO. We were going to do the Diablo version of World of Warcraft."

The plan obviously changed and Diablo III was finally launched in May, after several years in development, in its current form as a action-RPG single player game and a free online multiplayer game, although with some persistent elements as well as an in-game auction feature. Schaefer left Blizzard and went on to help form Runic Games. That team released their own action-RPG game, Torchlight, in 2009. The developer is close to launching the long awaited sequel, Torchlight II.

Apparently, pre-orders for Torchlight II have actually benefited from the launch of Diablo III. Schafer says in the new article that Torchlight II sales on Steam went up by 40 percent following the release of Diablo III and have stayed at that level. Torchlight II will add online multiplayer, something that was lacking in the first game's release.

Source: Games On Net

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michealm said,
We need a diablo MMORPG, that way WOW can go F2P and not the ****ty 20 Lvl Capped starter.

Ugh, you sound more intent on ruining both games even further, and WoW is already in bad shape as it is (in the eyes of a veteran player anyway). If you want free stuff, there are other alternatives out there.

"in its current form as a action-RPG single player game and a free online multiplayer game"
No given the fact that you need an always on connection there is really no single player mode to the game. Blizzard really dropped the ball on this and sad to say it will be the first game from them that that I will not buy (well the second as I would never buy WOW ether!).

@ShMaunder:

From having played the TL 2 beta, I can safely assume you will be impressed. It's a lot of fun and pays more homage to Diablo 2's style of dungeon crawling than D3 has.

From only ever watching D3 being played on jtv, I think the MMO roots can be seen quite easily in many aspects of the game.

I'm one of those that pre-ordered Torchlight 2 on Steam after D3 release in the hope that it'll feel more of a sequel to D2. Have to find some time to play it first.