Torchlight Frontiers, previously a reimagining of the Diablo-style franchise, will now be overhauled and renamed as Torchlight 3.
In an official announcement earlier today, developer Echtra Games confirmed that the name-change will be accompanied by a major shift in design. Torchlight 3 will be released as a single purchase instead of a free to play game that Frontiers was previously targeting. In addition, where Frontiers was an online-only game to support the shared, persistent in-game world, Torchlight 3 will allow players to choose between online and offline modes. However, that decision will have to be made during the character-creation phase. Any offline characters will not be able to participate in multiplayer games.
Torchlight 3 is all about taking the franchise “back to its roots” and hence, will feature a linear progression system, as well as other gameplay elements, similar to the first two installments. The developer has called it a “true sequel” in every manner. The real-money in-game store from Frontiers has also been removed. Frontier-specific levels, gear stats, and scaling have been removed as well.
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. This shift helps bring Torchlight back to its roots and makes it the true sequel to Torchlight I & II that it was always meant to be.
Runic Games was behind the first two installments but after shutting down in 2017, Echtra Games took over the franchise by announcing Torchlight Frontiers in 2018. Max Schaefer, one of the leads behind the original Diablo and Diablo 2 games, had a hand in founding both studios, and is still overseeing Torchlight 3.
Those already enrolled as alpha testers for Torchlight Frontiers will continue to have access to the now retooled game. Each player will be soon shifted over to the Steam version and all previous character progression will be erased.
Torchlight 3 will officially release on PC via Steam this summer for an undisclosed price. Those interested can add the game to their wishlist and be notified when pre-orders start.