Torchlight's brief blush with a free-to-play model is now pivoting back to its roots. Developer Echtra Games announced today that Torchlight Frontiers is now officially Torchlight 3, and it will come to Steam this summer as a premium game, akin to the first two Torchlights.
Torchlight Frontiers was originally announced as an action-RPG mixed with an MMO that would have mechanics similar to the Torchlight games, inside a "shared, persistent and dynamically generated world." Now, as a Torchlight sequel, it sounds like things are turning back towards the action-RPG traditions of Torchlight 1 and 2.
"When we started developing Torchlight Frontiers, we were focused on creating a shared-world experience," Echtra Games CEO Max Schaefer says 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 1 and 2."
Rather than a free-to-play model, as was intended for Frontiers, Torchlight 3 will be a full game purchase, able to be played online or offline with access to all content. There will still be a pet to back you up and carry loot, as well as some fort-building mechanics to build up special boons like monuments of power and pet stables.
Three classes have been confirmed so far: the light-and-dark magic wielding Dusk Mage; the robotic Forged; and the Railmaster, a locomotive expert with a hammer. A fourth class will be revealed soon.
While Torchlight 3 has only been confirmed for the PC via Steam so far, the second game recently hit the Nintendo Switch. Check out how that happened in our interview with Switch port masters Panic Button.