Torchlight Frontiers is now Torchlight III

By Heidi Nicholas,
Perfect World Entertainment and Echtra Games have announced some changes to the newest title in their upcoming Torchlight franchise — not least of which is that it's been renamed Torchlight III. It seems the name change has come together with a big shift in their plans for the game.

Torchlight III

"Along with this name change comes a major shift in our design approach to Torchlight III", the developers say. "Torchlight III will be released as a premium title. For one box-price, you will own the game and be able to play the way that you want, online or off... 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." In outlining the major changes they're making to the game, the developers also touched upon the very beginning: players will start at the Imperial Outpost, which is under attack by goblins. They will follow the trail of nether corruption, travelling into lands ruled by the Hyvid. As with most upcoming games, they're refusing to share all details and are choosing to use the "[redacted]" method: they "finally reach the [redacted] Peaks and their cavernous underplaces ruled by the electrifying [redacted]"

The major changes seem to be:

  • Torchlight III will follow the same Act structure as earlier Torchlight titles.
  • They've removed Horizontal progression and are "returning their progression systems". As a result of this, any and all levels, gear stats, and scaling specific to Frontier have been removed.
  • Most zones will be private. If players want to play together, they can meet in public town levels to form parties for combat zones.
  • You can choose between Online or Offline mode when creating a character.
  • Lastly, and perhaps most notably, they've removed the in-game store which required real money.
Torchlight III

They say that they're almost ready for Beta testing, and will be continuing with Closed Alpha testing in the meantime. The next update for those testing the game will arrive this Wednesday, January 29th, at 10am PT. The release date is still listed as 2020 for PC "with a console release following shortly after". They've also decided to have Steam as their PC distribution platform. Once the game's released, there'll be continuing content updates. We'll let you know when they nail down a more concrete release date — at the moment, it's still just "shortly after" the PC release date, which is itself vaguely set for 2020.

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Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've been a staff writer for TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies since 2019. I love open-worlders, RPGs, and fantasy games, am obsessed with tea, and forever loyal to The Witcher 3 and Red Dead 2.