Publisher Perfect World Entertainment and developer Echtra Games have announced that Torchlight Frontiers will release as Torchlight III. The game is currently aiming for a Summer release on PC via Steam this Summer while a closed alpha launches, today, January 29th.
This fast-paced dungeon crawler brings ARPG fans back to the Torchlight universe to hack and slash their way through a world filled with hordes of creatures. 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.
Echtra Games also mentioned that players will be able to purchase the full game and play however they like (online or off) with access to all playable content.
Here’s what CEO of Echtra Games and co-founder of the Torchlight franchise, Max Schaefer, had to say:
“When we started developing Torchlight Frontiers, we were focused on creating a shared-world experience. 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.”