Yesterday, Perfect World Entertainment announced that their game Torchlight Frontiers will now launch as Torchlight III on Steam this summer and begins closed alpha testing January 29th.

Previously Torchlight was announced as a free-to-play game, However, after the change, Torchlight III will shift to a paid game with a new focus, actual linear progression. Max Schaefer, CEO of Echtra Games and co-founder of the Torchlight franchise said,

“When we started developing Torchlight Frontiers, we were focused on creating a shared-world experience.  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 & 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 ARPG 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.”

The dungeon crawler brings action-RPG fans back to the Torchlight universe. As with the first two games, players will hack and slash their way through a world filled with hordes of creatures waiting at every turn.  According to the Press Release the full list of game features includes:

  • Travel the Frontier: Players can explore the wilderness, party with friends, gather materials to
    craft loot, use magical maps to enter unknown dungeons, or show off their spoils in town! There’s
    always something to do in the new frontier.
  • Build & Upgrade Your Fort: It’s time to rebuild! Players will enjoy their very own account-based fort, where they can upgrade gear, and make renovations to show it off to their friends and the world. The game allows them to build monuments of power, pet stables, and more!
  • Choose a Relic: Relics are objects of great power that grant players a suite of active skills and passive skills. Players can craft them, level them up and store them in their fort. The relic is an important part of a character’s strategy – choose wisely!
  • Collect Epic Gear: Whether it’s armor, weapons, dyes, recipes, ember cores, or even new pets … there’s always more to find as adventurers battle through dungeons and take on dangerous foes. Every randomly-generated area can be replayed over and over again since each instance brings different items. Those who want even more epic gear can run maps from the Mapworks, or take on a contract to earn Fame and unlock elite items.
  • Pets are Back: Players can fight their way to fame and glory with loyal companions! Each of the many species comes in a myriad of colors and styles so adventurers shouldn’t settle for the first one they find. They can also make these pets stronger by adding skills, equip them with gear to make them hardier, and together battle enemies as a team.
  • Build Your Hero: With four classes to choose from, players can utilize class-specific mechanics to maximize damage and their odds of survival. Torchlight III lets them gather epic gear, select your Relic powers, and customize loadouts to create a unique combat style for their heroes.

Torchlight III has a few different heroes with different classes to choose from right from the start, plus, a brand new class that will be revealed soon

  • The Dusk Mage is an enchanter who harnesses the power of light and dark energy to conjure devastating attacks.
  • The Forged is a powerful robot who relies on an arsenal of weaponry to build up heat and unleash explosive assaults.
  • The Railmaster is a locomotive savvy powerhouse who steams into combat with a massive hammer and heavily armed battle train.

Torchlight III doesn’t have a full release date as of yet, but you can learn more about Torchlight III‘s Alpha Testing at their website.

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John Donadio a.k.a. SomeBeardy2Love is the COO here at GAW. He once had a show that he produced, wrote, and co-hosted called the Wide World of Games, you can probably find it on youtube. He is also a co-host on a podcast called Party Up! John is an Action-Adventurer, platformer, RPGer, and FPS kind of gamer. Quick to play any game that has magic, swordplay, and/or stealthy elements. If you can customize a character he is in it for the long haul or just give me your 2D platform and he's a happy camper. What else do you expect from a gamer with a beard and a bow tie tattoo? Seriously.