Torchlight 3 has been officially announced! We're taking a look at the release date, and everything else we know about this upcoming game. If you've never played a Torchlight game, they are very reminiscent of Diablo, but have their own spin on the genre.
This might seem a bit confusing to some, but this game was originally billed as being Torchlight Frontiers. This was going to be a massively multiplayer online game, rather than what the first two games which were just dungeon crawlers were more standard dungeon crawler games with peer-to-peer multiplayer. Arc Games has decided to move away from that, and re-brand the game as Torchlight 3 and not make it a MMORPG. The game was also going to be free-to-play, but will now be a premium, pay once only style of game.
Torchlight 3 Release Date
Torchlight 3 will be releasing on PC at some point in 2020! The game will release on console "shortly after" the PC version, but there's no exact dates/times for either version at the moment. If a date is revealed, we'll update this guide with the exact information. Beta is equally as mysterious, with only the "soon" label being placed upon it.
Frontier to Torchlight 3 Changes
Due to the major change of going from a free-to-play game to a premium game there have been some major changes to the game. These include following a more traditional Act structure that's common in dungeon crawlers, removal of horizontal progression, zones are now private, you can create an offline mode character, and they've also removed the in-game real-money store!
- The game now follows the classic Act structure from previous titles. Players start at the Imperial Outpost besieged by goblin hordes. They then follow the trail of nether corruption into lands overtaken by Hyvid and finally reach the [redacted] Peaks and their cavernous underplaces ruled by the electrifying [redacted]
- Horizontal progression has been removed, so all Frontier-specific levels, gear stats, and scaling has been removed as well. We are returning our progression systems to better work in tandem with this.
- Most zones are now private by default to give a better play experience. Players can still meet each other in public town levels and form parties to play together in instanced combat zones.
- When creating your character, you can now select Online or Offline Mode. Characters made in Offline Mode do not require an internet connection to play, but will also not be able to participate in multiplayer games.
- We have removed the in-game real-money store.
The game was originally on the Arc launcher, but due to the change in business model the game will now be available through Steam!