Echtra Games To Launch ‘Torchlight 3’ Next Month

KEY POINTS

  • “Torchlight 3” will leave its Early Access stage on October 13 and braces for a launch
  • The game was formerly known as “Torchlight Frontiers”
  • “Torchlight 3” shifted direction and transformed it into a “true successor” of the first two games

“Torchlight 3,” is set to leave its Early Access stage next month and will suit up for a full launch on the PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.

Formerly known as “Torchlight Frontiers,” the action-RPG game is the third installment in the “Torchlight” franchise developed by American video game studio Echtra Games and published by Perfect World Entertainment.

The Redwood City, California-based online publisher also worked with Runic Games and helped release the first two “Torchlight” games in 2009 and 2012, respectively.

Fort frills, features, and facilities that will help grow characters as you progress through Torchlight III! Formerly Torchlight Frontiers, Torchlight III for PC is a more traditional sequel to the original games, moving away from the original incarnation’s online-only focus. Photo: Play Torchlight / Twitter

The game Early Access back in June, but it only dipped its toes on the initial phase for a short period of time. According to PC Gamer, its journey went on a “slightly meandering route” with Runic Games shutting down in 2017 and Echtra Games having a change of heart and rebranded “Frontiers” to what is now “Torchlight 3.”

The outlet published a separate article earlier this year where it tackled the title’s development from the title change to a somewhat major overhaul that made it a “true sequel” to the first two games.

“Over the past year, we have gathered massive amounts of feedback from our Alpha testers. After reviewing this feedback, discussing with our internal teams and receiving guidance from our publisher, we determined that this was the best course for the game,” read a post on the game’s official website.

The “shift” transformed the game and followed a similar Act and game progression found on the previous iterations, while online and offline modes were also adopted. The dev team also removed the “in-game real-money store.”

What followed was a completely new game and took heed on the vision of Max Schaefer who said that “Frontiers” was meant to be a “true successor to Torchlight 1 & II.” In the same way, “Torchlight 3” will have a bid of “Diablo” blood running on its games as some of the members of the dev team, including Schaefer, had worked on “Diablo” and “Diablo II.”

“Torchlight 3” will take pride in its hack-‘n-slash MMORPG roots and is set 100 years after “Torchlight II,” reported Gamespot. It will have four playable classes: Dusk Mage, an enchanter who wields the power of light and dark energy; Forged, a robot with a wide array of weapons; Railmaster, a “locomotive savvy powerhouse” with a penchant for hammers and Sharpshooter, a sniper-like character whose long-ranged attacks can “take on enemies from afar.”

“Torchlight 3” will leave Early Access on October 13. It’s currently available on Steam for $30, but will cost $10 more thereafter.  

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