Announced in August 2018 as a free-to-play shared-world action RPG, Torchlight: Frontiers is now Torchlight III, a premium PC action RPG that developer Echtra Games considers a true successor to Torchlight I and II.
According to Max Schaefer, founder of Echtra Games and co-creator of the original Torchlight with the now-defunct Runic Games, the change from free-to-play spin-off to premium sequel came about through a combination of the natural development process and feedback from Torchlight: Frontiers alpha testers.
Now that the free-to-play nonsense is off the table, Torchlight III will be modelled after the classic Diablo-style action RPG gameplay of the first two games. It’s got the same bright, colourful and quirky art style. Players will choose from four classes – the enchanting Dusk Mage, robotic Forge, powerful Railmaster, and one to-be-announced. There will be epic looks, pets, and account-based bases to store players’ stuff. All this playable online and offline.
Thank goodness. I’ve been a fan of this series since the first game, and imagining it as a watered-down free-to-play title broke my heart just a little bit. This is excellent news.