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Old 01-27-2020, 05:18 PM   #1
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Torchlight Frontiers Becomes Torchlight III, Drops Free-to-Play Model


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Torchlight Frontiers Returns to Its Roots and Becomes Torchlight III

Today, Perfect World Entertainment, a leading publisher of live service games, and developer Echtra Games, announced Torchlight Frontiers will launch as Torchlight III on Steam this summer and begins closed alpha testing January 29. 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.

“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 powers:

• 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!

Learn more about Torchlight III at Torchlight3.com.
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Old 01-27-2020, 07:16 PM   #3
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I can't wait for Diablo 2 #3: We Sure Are Doing This Again, Again!
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It’s kind of funny. I barely touched Torchlight 2 and I keep forgetting that I even own it. But I’m still looking forward to 3.
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Old 01-27-2020, 07:36 PM   #5
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It’s kind of funny. I barely touched Torchlight 2 and I keep forgetting that I even own it. But I’m still looking forward to 3.
Same here, I only played it a few days, but I only paid $9.99 so I figure i got my money's worth and will buy 3 now that they've purged the F2P cancer from it.
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Same here, I only played it a few days, but I only paid $9.99 so I figure i got my money's worth and will buy 3 now that they've purged the F2P cancer from it.
Just to be fair to the series, I loaded it back up tonight after everyone was in bed. So far, I've really enjoyed it. We'll see if I stick with it. Outside of the occasional 1st party Nintendo title, I haven't been sticking with many games at all these last few years.
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It’s kind of funny. I barely touched Torchlight 2 and I keep forgetting that I even own it. But I’m still looking forward to 3.
100% this, and now I'm disappointed at what it might be.

This game doesn't have enough hard corners or sharp edges.
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With my limited playtime these days, the Torchlight games strike just the right balance of casual gameplay with just enough depth and challenge for me. I don't play many games through to completion anymore, but Torchlight 1 & 2 are an exception. I suspect 3 will be no different. We'll see how the switch from Runic Games to Echtra Games (Perfect World Entertainment) impacts things. But with Max Schaefer still behind things (brother Erich and Travis Baldree left to form Rebel Galaxy developer Double Damage), there is reason enough for continued optimism.
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Glad they changed the name. Had the impression TF was some spinoff of the series. Looks great, can’t wait, day 1 buy.
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Oh fuck right off. Do you realize how FEW quality action RPGs in the this genre there actually are?!

Very excited it will be a traditional ARPG. Just finished Torchlight II on Xbox. Sure, I had it on Steam FOREVER but I never played it. Because it was a fucking PC game with LAME silent Steam achievements.

So bring on T3 and put in consoles and I'll play the shit out of it!
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You give the Torchlight series too much credit to be calling it that. Never mind the asstastic visual style they use for it, bright and cartoony doesn't scream out diablo to me and D3 doesn't count since it's terrible.
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Oh fuck right off. Do you realize how FEW quality action RPGs in the this genre there actually are?!

Very excited it will be a traditional ARPG. Just finished Torchlight II on Xbox. Sure, I had it on Steam FOREVER but I never played it. Because it was a fucking PC game with LAME silent Steam achievements.

So bring on T3 and put in consoles and I'll play the shit out of it!
I'm just tired of playing Diablo 2 again...again. Torchlight was a shameless copy of D2 with a handful of quality of life improvements. Torchlight 2 wasn't much different, and I don't expect a huge departure for #3.

I'm not going to fault anyone for getting excited; I get excited for derivative games all the time! Torchlight just doesn't do it for me, anymore.
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Yeah with the F2P nonsense gone this became a day 1 purchase for me. Loved the first 2, especially with some of the great mods that came out.
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I'm just tired of playing Diablo 2 again...again. Torchlight was a shameless copy of D2 with a handful of quality of life improvements. Torchlight 2 wasn't much different, and I don't expect a huge departure for #3.

I'm not going to fault anyone for getting excited; I get excited for derivative games all the time! Torchlight just doesn't do it for me, anymore.
Torchlight was nothing like Diablo 2, I'm not sure why you keep saying this.
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Torchlight was nothing like Diablo 2, I'm not sure why you keep saying this.
Concur. And Torchlight 2 was more like Dungeon Siege with a healthy dose of Diablo ONE and Arcanum.
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Torchlight was nothing like Diablo 2, I'm not sure why you keep saying this.
I keep saying it because aside from the art style, it played exactly like D2. It was developed by the guys who made Diablo and Diablo 2, and it was very much the same game.
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I keep saying it because aside from the art style, it played exactly like D2. It was developed by the guys who made Diablo and Diablo 2, and it was very much the same game.
It plays more like Dungeon Siege really which was not really D2ish despite being an action rpg.
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It plays more like Dungeon Siege really which was not really D2ish despite being an action rpg.
Torchlight (the first one) was Diablo 2 with fishing and pets. Everything was almost exactly the same, with a different art style. It played exactly like D2.

Everything - from the top down - was lifted directly from D2.
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Should have kept a F2P ramp-up (perhaps a few levels or some such design) while dropping the toxic accompanying baggage of P2W that often goes with F2P.

In other words, package it as an initial trial mode that unlocks the whole thing with the purchase. WIN.
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