Torchlight III zeroes in on the Sharpshooter, warns of a wipe

    
14

How have you been coping with Torchlight Frontiers’ transition away from an MMO and toward the limited multiplayer Torchlight III? I’m going to start a support group to voice grievances and binge eat cookies, myself.

Well, what’s done is done, and PWE and Echtra Games are marching boldly forward with the next update for the game. Update 10 is on the horizon, and with it an overhaul for much of the game. The headlining news is the addition of another act and a class — the “powerful and nimble” Sharpshooter.

“In the last three months, Torchlight III has undergone some massive improvements,” Echtra said. “We’ve changed from F2P to premium, removed horizontal progression, supported a new, better story, added new bosses, dramatically improved the character leveling, monster, and environment pacing, added the 3rd Act — Echonok, dressed up the new Sharpshooter class, and so much more.

And while the studio was previously committed to keeping wipes away from the alpha test, Echtra is changing its mind there as well. It sounds as though a wipe is on the way soon as the studio provides ways for testers to jump around in levels.

Update
The newly closed alpha is live now:

14
LEAVE A COMMENT

Please Login to comment
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most liked
Subscribe to:
Mewmew
Reader
Mewmew

The Alpha may be live on Steam, but the keys haven’t been sent to the testers still (at least the vast majority of us, maybe they were able to get some out though).

I was in the original outside small testing group for Frontiers and mine hasn’t been sent yet. I guess there have been some issues with sending them.

Reader
John Kiser

I was in that same group, but I got my key a day before you posted this so IDK what to tell ya.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Patreon Donor
Loyal Patron
Ashfyn Ninegold

PWE has decided that the cost of developing and running MMOs is not worth the time and treasure investment. They would rather have a solid RPG out there than a wobbly MMO. Moreover, they need to get both these titles out before Diablo IV to have a chance at capturing a player base.

Hence, Magic Legends quickly got trimmed and then Torchlight.

That’s my cockamamie theory as to why we’re looking at ARPGs instead of MMOs.

Reader
Castagere Shaikura

Also, look at what they did with the subscription models in STO and CO. They might be making some major changes to their business model overall.

Reader
Kevin Smith

Well no one is really testing the new changes to much yet. When they switched over to steam they lost all the testers because they have to send out new keys for that platform. The devs said on twitch that they started sending out new keys about a day or so ago. So we will see how this changes are taken by the testers once all the new keys get sent out.

Hell character wipes are nothing in alpha’s either. The only reason they didn’t want to do wipes is because it took a long time to reach what they considered end game an if you are constantly doing wipes you are going to have a lot less people testing that part unless you are giving out max characters at creation which they didn’t.

Reader
Castagere Shaikura

I really love the change to T3. Been also playing my modded T2 again and just hit level 85. Can’t wait for T3 and the mod community to get their hands on it. The steam page for T3 is in super hype mode for this. I hear the wish list for it is major.

Reader
John Kiser

Hopefully they do mods again. It’s hard to tell since it isn’t all the same people behind it.

Reader
McGuffn

Like the visual design on the sharpshooter.

To cope I booted up T2 in celebration, and I’m enjoying it more than ever.

Reader
duxxors

Players participating in an an early alpha test phase and expecting their progress to be kept is a bit much. It’s clear that the players are not there to focus on testing, but to try and squeeze out a head start.

The studio was wrong for offering that incentive from the start. This happens time and again, yet, neither side learns.

Reader
John Kiser

Ehhh, unless a game has PVP it doesn’t matter all that much.

Reader
Loyal Patron
Patreon Donor
Armsbend

My interest for the game had a complete server wipe. The source code was lost.

Reader
Tanek

Committing to no character wipes in alpha was, I think, a mistake from the start. Especially if the game was going to have any competitive aspects.

So while I am sure there will be more complaints about this, I believe it is another good move for the game overall.

Reader
Castagere Shaikura

They had to do a wipe to transition to single-player gameplay, didn’t they?

Mewmew
Reader
Mewmew

It didn’t have any competitive aspects. It didn’t even have name grabbing, your displayed name was from your Arc account.

The game has to wipe now because it’s becoming a completely different game. But if they had continued on with the original plan, there really wouldn’t have been any need to wipe. A new player could be where the vast majority of the population was within a few days. The content was extremely limited and barely expanded since day 1 of testing (they flushed out the earlier areas, but didn’t really push forward with much new stuff), and you hit the level wall very quickly.

Plus as I said, no competitive aspects. It was strictly co-op, and even then you did most of it single player because Echtra simply couldn’t work out how to do massively multiplayer code (even with the backing of PWE that’s very experienced in such things).

The three-toed sloths they had doing development on the game really did almost nothing in the past year and a half. They basically moved things around a lot without doing any new construction. I mean it seriously reminds me of the way some financial institutions move money all around to try and make it look like stuff is happening when it really isn’t. It was all for show and very little was developed. We’ve had that same end wall you hit within a few days the entire time.

Maybe we’ll see some huge changes in the new game they put up on Steam that they were hiding from us and they’ll make me eat my words. Heck, I’d LOVE that to be true. Num num num words, please make me eat them Echtra!