“In Torchlight III, it’s been a century since the events of Torchlight II, where the great heroes of old defeated The Dark Alchemist and sealed the Netherlord’s heart inside the Clockwork Core. The heroes brought peace to the world of Novastraia, but now the Ember Empire finds itself on the brink of collapse as it’s under threat of invasion by the Netherim and its allies. To save Novastraia, Torchlight III players will need to gather their wits and brave the frontier in search of fame, glory and new adventures to become the legends the world needs them to be. […] Torchlight III will feature all of Torchlight’s signature mechanics, including satisfying hack- and-slash combat, a charming and vibrant world, online 4-player cooperative multiplayer and offline single-player, and the beloved pet system that captured the hearts of ARPG fans. This grand adventure will also introduce new features, such as three epic acts, unique Relic subclasses, fully customizable forts, a challenging end-game experience Fazeer Shah’s Dun-Djinn, the multi-tiered progression system Contracts that lets players earn Fame and unlock elite items, along with a myriad of quests and boss battles across randomly-generated areas filled with epic loot drops.”
MMO readers will remember that the game was originally called Torchlight Frontiers; as we noted, it lingered in alpha all throughout 2019 as an MMOARPG, happily accepting MMO awards, but it switched course to be more of a merely multiplayer sequel to Torchlight II earlier this year. It’s been in early access since its surprise launch on Steam this past summer.