Publisher Perfect World Entertainment and developer Echtra Games announce
is the new title for Torchlight Frontiers
new installment in the action/RPG franchise they
first announced in 2018
. They also
say the game should launch
this summer, but rather than being free-to-play as previously planned, this will
follow the premium model of the first two Torchlight games. This change comes
from feedback from alpha testers and closed alpha testing of the reworked game
will get underway on January 29th. The
Torchlight III Website
now online, and a new
Torchlight III Announcement Video
further discusses the news. Here's the
This fast-paced dungeon crawler brings ARPG fans back to the
Torchlight universe to hack and slash their way through a vibrant world filled
with hordes of creatures waiting at every turn. Previously announced as a
free-to-play experience, the game will return to the premium model adapted by
Torchlight I and II, with a new focus on linear progression. Continue here to read the full story
“When we started developing Torchlight Frontiers, we were focused on creating a
shared-world experience,” said Max Schaefer, CEO of Echtra Games and co-founder
of the Torchlight franchise. “During development, you often discover what type
of product a game was meant to be and we found Torchlight Frontiers was meant to
be a true successor to Torchlight I & II. Based on this and extensive feedback
from our Alpha testers, we decided it was time to take the game back to its
roots and model it after the classic Torchlight games that ARPG fans have come
to love. We’d like to thank our dedicated player base for supporting us and
providing such insightful feedback during early development.”
When Torchlight III releases on Steam this summer, players will be able to
purchase the full game and play however they like (online or off) with access to
all playable content. Rather than focusing on horizontal progression, the game
shifts back to the familiar linear world structure that was introduced with
Torchlight I & II. Longtime Torchlight fans will be happy to hear that the game
features the same mechanics that set the original series apart from other ARPGs
on the market. After selecting from Torchlight III’s unique character classes,
players will choose a pet to accompany them on their new adventure: a fluffy
alpaca, a swift owl or a loyal canine retriever. From there, they will explore
forests filled with dangerous creatures and participate in thematic quests to
earn powerful rewards. A full list of game features includes:
- Travel the Frontier: Players can explore the wilderness, party with
friends, gather materials to craft loot, use magical maps to enter unknown
dungeons, or show off their spoils in town! There’s always something to do
in the new frontier.
- Build & Upgrade Your Fort: It’s time to rebuild! Players will enjoy
their very own account-based fort,where they can upgrade gear, and make
renovations to show it off to their friends and the world. The game allows
them to build monuments of power, pet stables, and more!
- Choose a Relic: Relics are objects of great power that grant players a
suite of active skills and passive skills. Players can craft them, level
them up and store them in their fort. The relic is an important part of a
character's strategy - choose wisely!
- Collect Epic Gear - Whether it's armor, weapons, dyes, recipes, ember
cores, or even new pets ... there's always more to find as adventurers
battle through dungeons and take on dangerous foes. Every randomly-generated
area can be replayed over and over again since each instance brings
different items. Those who want even more epic gear can run maps from the
Mapworks, or take on a contract to earn Fame and unlock elite items.
- Pets are Back: Players can fight their way to fame and glory with loyal
companions! Each of the many species comes in a myriad of colors and styles
so adventurers shouldn’t settle for the first one they find. They can also
make these pets stronger by adding skills, equip them with gear to make them
hardier, and together battle enemies as a team.
- Build Your Hero: With four classes to choose from, players can utilize
class-specific mechanics to maximize damage and their odds of survival.
Torchlight III lets them gather epic gear, select your Relic powers, and
customize loadouts to create a unique combat style for their heroes.
Torchlight III features diverse hero classes with unique abilities and
- The Dusk Mage is an enchanter who harnesses the power of light and dark
energy to conjure devastating attacks.
- The Forged is a powerful robot who relies on an arsenal of weaponry to
build up heat and unleash explosive assaults.
- The Railmaster is a locomotive savvy powerhouse who steams into combat
with a massive hammer and heavily armed battle train.
- Plus, a brand new class which will be revealed soon!