Torchlight Frontiers is the third installment of the Torchlight games series. It is being developed by Echtra Games and published by Perfect World. It is scheduled to be released in 2019 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
The game will feature a shared world, where players can cooperatively explore dungeons and slay monsters. It intends combine "the fast-paced combat, procedurally-generated levels, and addictive loot loop of a dungeon crawler with the social and live-service qualities of an MMO." The pet system will be expanded, and crafting will be present. Stages will predominately be procedurally generated. Towns will also feature, but will remain static (so that players will always know where vendors are). Public spaces will be present as a type of 'third area' (towns and dungeons being the other two), where larger groups of players can mingle, fighting respawning enemies, partying up, and banding together to tackle dungeons. Each dungeon is assigned a "challenge level," to give an indication of its difficulty. The challenge level is cross-referenced with a character's item level to give a player an indication as to whether it is viable to tackle the dungeon. Dungeons can host up to four areas at a time, while zones can host up to eight players at a time.
Gold returns from previous games. Monsters drop skill points for purchasing a variety of slottable, interchangeable active and passive abilities to personalize a character's attributes. However, in a change from previous games, character levels have been replaced by item levels; an aggregate value determined by the quality of equipment a player is currently packing. If playing as part of a group, and a dungeon is entered, the higher item level is scaled down to a lower level proportional to the dungeon's challenge. However, the character's unique skills and abilities remain available.
It will not have an auction house.
Work on the game had commenced by 2016. However, the idea of a shared world ARPG in Schaefer's mind stems as far back as his work on Mythos. Mythos was never released due to the closure of Flagship Games, but the idea remained.
- torchlightfrontiers.com – the game's website where you can sign up for the beta.
- ↑ http://au.ign.com/articles/2018/08/09/torchlight-frontiers-announced?abthid=5b6c55b243c50c0336000810
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 http://au.ign.com/articles/2018/08/09/torchlight-frontiers-to-double-down-on-pets-co-op-play
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 http://au.ign.com/articles/2018/08/20/torchlight-frontiers-exclusive-first-hands-on
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Game Informer #107
- ↑ https://www.arcgames.com/en/games/torchlight-frontiers/news/detail/10976343-perfect-world-at-gamescom-%26-pax-west-2018