Torchlight Frontiers took on an unconventional name because it was an unconventional take on the Torchlight series. The third Torchlight still leaned into its Diablo-like action RPG sensibilities, but it also marked a departure of sorts from what people expected from another sequel. Frontiers would pursue new angles like a free-to-play model, an MMO-like structure, and leveling that focused on aggregate gear and item stats rather than the character.
All of that was not meant to be. After years of development and alpha testing, developer Echtra Games has reverted back to what fans expected all along. Torchlight Frontiers has been renamed Torchlight III, making it the official third main-line game in the series.
Echtra CEO Max Schaefer says “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 ARPG fans have come to love.”
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Torchlight Frontiers is now Torchlight III, and it’s no longer free-to-play or an MMO