I mentioned this in off-topic a while back but I wanted to officially announce the formation of Crate Entertainment by myself and the former Art Director of Iron Lore, Eric Campanella. For those who may not have been here in the early days when I was more active on the forum, I'm Arthur Bruno and I was the Lead Designer at Iron Lore. I started working for Iron Lore back before we got the contract for Titan Quest and were a couple of guys working in a basement with no windows. My company recently acquired the rights to the RPG Iron Lore was starting to pitch before they ran out of capital and were forced to shut down. The game is called Black Legion and, while it has some new exciting features, much of the core gameplay will be similar to Titan Quest; particularly with regards to the skill system and loot... oh yes... sweet, sweet loot. I learned a lot from my experience designing Titan Quest and I am eager to put that knowledge to use creating an even better gameplay experience this time around. Some of our biggest improvements will be a rotatable camera that lets you get closer to the action, visual character customization, action-style melee combat mechanics with satisfying enemy-death animations, shooter-like aiming with ranged weapons, a deeper more interactive world and competitive multiplayer. We expect to release on Xbox360 and PS3 with a port to PC but publishers will have final call on that. I can't say much more about the game at this point but I'll be sure to let you guys know as more information becomes available.
You can read our first major interview with Edge Magazine here: http://www.edge-online.com/features/...-rpg-developer It talks about forming Crate, the closing of Iron Lore, and gives some details about Black Legion. I hope you will find it interesting.
Also just wanted to give a special thanks to all the people on this forum who have given me positive encouragement over the years and the confidence to embark upon such a challenging venture. I'm very excited about the opportunity to make a great new game for you guys! ; )