Torchlight Frontiers becomes Torchlight III, drops free-to-play model; launches for PC this summer Closed alpha testing begins January 29.
Publisher Perfect World Entertainment and developer Echtra Games have rebranded Torchlight Frontiers as Torchlight III, the companies announced. While previously announced as a free-to-play title, the action RPG will return to the premium model adapted by Torchlight I and II with a new focus on linear progression. It will launch via Steam this summer, and closed alpha testing will begin on January 29. Console versions will follow “shortly after.”
“When we started developing Torchlight Frontiers, we were focused on creating a shared-world experience,” said Echtra Games CEO Max Schaefer in a press release. “During development, you often discover what type of product a game was meant to be and we found Torchlight Frontiers was meant to be a true successor to Torchlight I and II. Based on this and extensive feedback from our Alpha testers, we decided it was time to take the game back to its roots and model it after the classic Torchlight games that action RPG fans have come to love. We’d like to thank our dedicated player base for supporting us and providing such insightful feedback during early development.”