Torchlight 3 Coming Oct 13 for PC, XBO, PS4, Later on Switch

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After an interesting development cycle, which led Echtra Games to change the free-to-play, online-only Torchlight Frontiers into Torchlight 3, we’re officially getting a release date.

Torchlight 3 will leave Early Access and launch on PC (Steam), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 13, for $39.99. For those clamoring for a Switch version, it’s coming “later this year.”

The hack and slash action-RPG features four unique classes, a customizable, account-based fort, and a procedurally generated world filled with monsters and loot.

Pets have become a trademark of the series, and return in Torchlight 3. Your furry, flying, or scaly friends can store extra loot and even run back to town to sell them, so you don’t have to stop the hacking or the slashing.

Each version of Torchlight 3 will feature a unique Fairy pet at launch:

  • Steam: Violet Glittersprite
  • PlayStation 4: Azure Glittersprite
  • Xbox One: Verdant Glittersprite
  • Switch: Ashen Glittersprite

“The full release of Torchlight 3 wouldn’t have been possible without all of the incredible work from the entire Echtra team and our excellent community of Early Access players,” said Max Schaefer, CEO of Echtra Games and co-founder of the Torchlight series. “We’ve put our heart into this new adventure and it has been awesome getting so much support from players while the game has been in live development. With the significant changes we’ve made throughout Torchlight 3’s journey in Early Access, we have done our best to meaningfully integrate players’ feedback as much as possible into the game as we march toward launch. Next month, we can’t wait to welcome all players to the Frontier!”

Torchlight 3 supports up to four player online co-op as well as offline single player. It has not yet been rated by the ESRB, but previous games in the series were T for Teen.

Torchlight Frontiers Launching as Torchlight 3 this Summer

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In an interesting change of heart, Perfect World Entertainment and Echtra Games have announced that the free-to-play Torchlight Frontiers will become a pay-to-play sequel, officially renaming it Torchlight 3. Torchlight 3 will release this summer on PC (Steam), with closed alpha testing beginning this week.

“When we started developing Torchlight Frontiers, we were focused on creating a shared-world experience,” said Max Schaefer, CEO, Echtra Games.“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. 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.”

Due to player feedback, Echtra Games is promising to create a sequel that returns the Torchlight series back to its roots as a Diablo-like action-RPG with a traditional campaign. Torchlight 3 will be playable offline and online and will no longer feature an in-game store. Offline characters will not be able to participate in online mode, however.

Torchlight 3 features four unique character classes, including the robotic Forged and magical Dusk Mage. Fan-favorite pets also return, and pets can equip gear and add new skills. Players also have access to their own personalized fort where they can upgrade gear, build monuments, and show off their hard-earned loot to friends.

Torchlight 3 is due to launch this summer on Steam.

Magic: the gathering

Cryptic Studios Announces Magic: The Gathering RPG in Development

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Popular collectible card game Magic: The Gathering will be getting the AAA RPG treatment. A new video game is in development by MMORPG developer Cryptic Studios and online publisher Perfect World Entertainment. It’s planned for both PC and console. No release date has been announced.

Perfect World, Cryptic Studios, and M:TG creators Wizards of the Coast have previously collaborated with the Neverwinter MMORPG. Neverwinter found success as a free-to-play MMORPG with micro-transactions and boasts 15 million players. This new Magic: The Gathering title extends their licensing partnership.

“This game is an exciting part of Wizards of the Coast’s Magic Digital Next initiative to extend gameplay beyond the tabletop, and we’re proud to work with the talented team at Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios to bring the Magic: The Gathering Multiverse to life,” said David Schwartz, Wizards of the Coast Vice President of Digital Publishing.

Magic: The Gathering is the World of Warcraft of CCGs – oft imitated but still the juggernaut of the genre. Players take on the role of Planeswalkers and summon creatures and cast spells to defeat their opponent. The upcoming RPG will “allow fans of the game to fully immerse themselves in the Multiverse, the rich fantasy world in which Magic: The Gathering takes place.”

“It’s Magic: The Gathering like you’ve never experienced before,” said Bryan Huang, CEO of Perfect World Entertainment. “We are ecstatic about the direction of the game Cryptic has been shaping. It’s always been a dream of ours to bring Magic’s Planeswalkers to a modern RPG.”