Don’t you forget about Torchlight Frontiers: PWE and Echtra Games are still zooming along in alpha, and today the studios have dropped the game’s eighth big test update. While it’s primarily focused on quality-of-life tweaks – “sometimes you just need to clean up all the dust in the workshop before you get back to expanding the frontier,” the devs say – there are a few features worth pointing out, including a new difficulty mode.
“We have added a difficulty system for players who seek a more challenging and demanding combat experience. Difficulty is set on a per-character basis and can be changed at any time. When difficulty is set higher monsters begin to deal a lot more damage, and take slightly less damage from the player. Higher difficulty settings also grant the player a Luck buff which increases their personal item drop rate. To prevent cheesing dungeons, private instance difficulty can only be lowered, never raised. Players who want to play a dungeon at a higher difficulty will need to change their character’s setting and enter a fresh instance. Private instances will be set to the lowest difficulty of any player who enters, so when playing in a party be sure to coordinate. Players in the same public area will interact with monsters at their own personal difficulty setting, and receive loot at their personal Luck rate.”
Dusk Mages, Railmasters, and Forged toons should also take a look at the patch notes, as those particular classes saw adjustments.
Update 8 is now live for Torchlight Frontiers alpha testers! Read the patch notes for a full list of all the quality of life improvements. If you’re not yet in the alpha, we’ll be sending another wave of invites in the coming days! https://t.co/Y4J2llL8ZA
— Play Torchlight (@PlayTorchlight) August 20, 2019