PWE and Echtra Games’ Torchlight III has officially launched

It’s not an MMO now, but it’s finally live: Torchlight III has officially launched today. Originally pitched as a free-to-play MMORPG called Torchlight Frontiers by Echtra Games and PWE way back in 2018, the game won two of our “most anticipated” awards and lingered in long open test periods with worrying delays before admitting in January 2020 that it would be scaling back from its MMORPG ambitions, removing its cash shop, going buy-to-play, and altering its scaling system dramatically to become Torchlight III.

“The whimsical universe of Torchlight is back in Torchlight III! It’s been over a hundred years since the events of Torchlight II, where the great heroes of Torchlight 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 Netherim have returned and the Ember Empire finds itself on the brink of collapse. To save Novastraia, players have to gather their wits and brave the frontier as they search for fame, glory and new adventures to become the legends the world needs them to be. Before their epic quest begins, players must create their own hero by choosing between four distinct classes: Dusk Mage, Forged, Railmaster, and Sharpshooter, five powerful Relics and a pet to accompany them on their new adventure: a fluffy alpaca, a swift owl or a loyal canine retriever. With 20 class and Relic combinations — each offering a unique playstyle — and a wide range of choices of where to place skill points at, players have the power to be the hero they want to be.”

The current version of the game includes offline solo play and four-person co-op, relic subclassing, pets, customizable forts, multiple acts, and all the other goodies players expect from a Torchlight game. It’s available on PC, Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 for $39.99 as of today, while the Switch launch is still planned for October 22nd. (As we type this, the $29.99 option is still clickable on Steam, but that may not last long.) (Update: Yep, it’s gone now.)

Source: Press release
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