Torchlight 2 supports pads on console (obviously), but this feature wasn’t back-ported to the PC version. As I recall it, the game had been out for years at that point, and the online community had long been established, so it would have been no small feat. And let’s not forget Runic was a relatively small studio that nevertheless committed to outstanding and continued support for years to a game that sold for just $15 - $20.
Blizzard also kept the console and PC versions of D3 separate, each with its own online community and control scheme is my belief.
Speaking specifically, pads are a completely different control scheme from KBM (I know right), and Diablolikes and their control scheme were born in an era when gamepads were a wee bit different from the powerhouses they are now.
So to dumb it down, there are two ends to this spectrum:
- half-assed retrofit
- designing / rethinking the whole thing from the grounds up
Two Diablolikes that I have played and have pad support on the PC, are Hemimont’s Victor Vran and Neocore’s Van Helsing.
Victor Vran has been designed from scratch for pads and it shows very clearly (you can even jump and roll), while Van Helsing puts KBM front and center while trying to avoid treating pads as second-class, but IMO it wasn’t a resounding success. It’s definitely playable but for someone having mouse and keyboard at their disposal, they’d probably go back to KBM.
There are other Diablolikes and not-quite-Diablolike but not-so-different-either ARPGs of course, that may offer different data points.
TL;DR Torchlight 2 is a damn fine game and it’s alright that it doesn’t have pad support.
What’s more disappointing is that, pad or no pad, there probably won’t be any more Torchlight as part of the founders left Runic to found Double Damage Games (Rebel Galaxy), then Runic entered into Perfect World’s orbit, while Echtra (sp?; the other half, roughly, of Runic founders) worked on T3 first as an MMO and then refactored it into a more traditional Diablolike, but it is one of those things about donuts and their holes; eventually Echtra dropped it and it went back fully under the control of Perfect World, so it’s as good as lost. All very IIRC.
Not sure what the Echtra guys are up to these days. I just get the feeling we’re not going to get good Diablolikes for a while unless somebody else steps up their game.
Cool kids look down on Diablolikes but it’s not easy to make a good one, and the proof there is in the pudding.
So the cool kids can go eff themselves as far as I’m concerned and play whatever hip shit they think is cool. Might’ve as well stream it, hey it worked for that fascist-loving Swedish idiot.