The crew over at Echtra Games isn’t hellbent on reinventing the MMOARPG format, but instead it is concentrating on taking what works in similar games and putting a refined spin on it for Torchlight Frontiers. One of example of this is the use of contracts, which will be the framework for the upcoming MMO’s seasons, as explained in yesterday’s stream and dev blog.
During seasons, Torchlight Frontiers will post a number of time-limited contracts for players to accomplish, each offering varied and “unpredictable” gameplay. Complete the contracts, and players will earn fame which can then be spent on rewards. Echtra said that even the most casual player shouldn’t have too much difficulty finding time to do these. This system is also where one of the game’s revenue streams kicks in, as players can upgrade to a battle pass-like tier to get even better rewards.
The team said that the reward pool should attract the masses: “The real meat and potatoes is in cosmetic rewards like exclusive pets, unique fort items, and new looks for relics. ‘Gobsmacked’ is the state we want you in after seeing the loot list for a contract.”
Torchlight Frontiers will activate a test season with Update 4 in the near future to run this system through its paces.