fercac wrote:"2- They Conflict with the future Torchlight MMO. If you want a secure economy, server-only saves, a game without cheats, competitive PvP, etc, you will want to wait for the Torchlight MMO, which will be the same kind of game as Torchlight 1 and 2, but with that secure server situation and a lot more content. It won't be changing the playing style at all."
I think this is a bit strange. How can a game be a MMO and have the same play style as a ARPG? Typically you kill raid bosses that drop BoP items in MMO:s. And you raid with 20-40 other players..or more. At least this is what is typical in theme park MMO:s. Sandbox MMO:s are not like that. But they are also not at all like ARPG:s. In ARPG:s you can solo and get the best items in the game solo. And all items can be traded..nothing is BoP/BoE. Playing with a small team is optional. No big raids or massive PvP events.
As far as I know MMO:s and ARPG:s are two different genres. And a lot of classic ARPG-fans are not very interested in MMO:s.
MMO is not actually a genre, it's a level of multiplayer capability. MMOs have existed since before raids or sandboxes existed, and some of them were far more ARPG-like than the generation that spawned after Everquest (sometimes considered the predecessor to WoW). An MMO ARPG (if you want to call it that) plays like a Diablo game, but allows you to interact with more people. A typical example is where the characters start in hub towns, where they can interact with other players, but once they leave the town everything is instanced for the current group. In other examples the entire Overworld is shared and only the dungeons are instanced. I've yet to see an example where you have 40+ players in an MMO ARPG situation and have an army of monsters attack, as in the past hardware capabilities couldn't handle it. It's possible we'll see that level of interaction with the Torchlight MMO, but no one knows.
Either way, MMO is exactly what is stands for "Massively Multi Player." The things you associated with it are applied to the RPG part of the game (thus MMORPG being the proper term), and there are many types of RPGs out there.