Torchlight III testers got absolutely wiped this week – literally. PWE and Echtra Games dropped part one of what it’s dubbed the “mainline” patch yesterday, with a complete character and account wipe, more skill slots, new dungeon areas, fort deco, and controller support. The highlight feature, however, is the relic system becoming a “full-blown subclass,” something players have been asking for throughout the test process.
“Perfect World Entertainment and Echtra Games are excited to announce the Relic Subclass update, the highly-anticipated update that brings a revamp of the Relics system, is available now for Torchlight III in Steam Early Access. The Relic Subclass update is the final major Early Access update prior to the light-hearted dungeon crawler’s official launch later this year on PC and consoles. With this update, it adds another dimension to character building by introducing a completely new and improved Relics system that includes a vast Relic skill tree, along with five powerful Relics, each with reworked Relic Activation skills. In addition, one of the Torchlight III Early Access community’s major requests, having additional skill slots, is included in this latest update as players now have nine total skill slots, all with controller support.”
Downgraded from full MMORPG status earlier in 2020, TL3 surprise-launched into early access back in June; behind its Steam paywall, it saw a peak player count of under 1000 in the last month, according to Steam Charts. This week’s update is expected to be its last major update before launch later in 2020.