The developers behind Torchlight Frontiers has made some changes to the game. Mostly that the game will now be called Torchlight III. Creator Max Shaefer goes into some detail on why the developers have decided to change the development of Torchlight Frontiers.

As you can see from the video the developers really felt that they needed to make this game work for the players. We won’t be getting that free to play experience now, instead, we will be getting that enjoyable RPG experience we all have gotten from the first two games. Here is a list of changes coming to the game, this was taken directly from the developer’s blog.

  • 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 under places ruled by the electrifying [redacted]

  • Horizontal progression has been removed, so all Frontier-specific levels, gear stats, and scaling have 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.

Players will still be able to participate in beta on PC. The launch is still scheduled for PC first in 2020 and then consoles at a later date. Players in the Alpha test will see the tenth update coming out on January 29th at 10 a.m., don’t expect the development of Torchlight III to slow down. Personally I was worried about the development of the game, it seemed out of place for the series. Maybe in the future, we could have something like it, until then be excited that players will be getting a real third game in the franchise.