I played the first one and kept me entertained for many hours. I heard the 2nd one will involve online play. I was wondering if the online play is free. I think I heard that they were going to charge a fee for it back when the first one was out but that was so long ago. Or did they scrap the online idea altogether? I also heard they were thinking about an MMO as well? Can someone get me up to date on whats going on?
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It supports online or LAN play for up to six players. It's peer-to-peer, so there aren't any developer run dedicated servers, games are hosted by whoever starts a new online game. Runic will only be running a server for matchmaking, however.
Simple answer is yes, the game has online multiplayer.
Also, if you're hosting the game and somehow lose connection, the game will "seamlessly" swap hosts so no one else gets disconnected.
The last I've heard about the MMO (if it comes out) is that it's going to be free to play. Max Schaefer said he wanted to keep it free-to-play because people wouldn't want 2+ subscription fees. Instead, Runic is playing around with the idea of some sort of cash-shop system, without pay-to-win gear, to generate revenue for server upkeep etc.
As the poster above me said, it uses your Runic Account. The actual matchmaking service, when I tried it, felt like a throwback (in a good way) to the old server browsers - there was a list of games with title, number of players, ping, whether passworded/etc.
Games can be passworded or set to "Friends Only" (as you can maintain a friend list). Didn't see any Diablo 2 style option for text chat whilst setting up a game.