Torchlight Frontiers is an upcoming, free to play, hack and slash dungeon RPG, the third of its series, developed by Echtra Games and published by Perfect World Entertainment.
Runic Games initially developed the Torchlight series, the first game, called Torchlight was a single player release in 2009 and its sequel, Torchlight 2 was released seven years ago, it incorporated co-op play with up to six characters, and other features. Runic Games was initially founded by video game veterans that took part in creating the most amazing games ever, the likes of Fate, Diablo, and Hellgate: London. Most of the people that worked in Torchlight had somehow been in contact with the kind of work Runic, and Flagship Studios have been developing, ideas such as action role-playing games and massively multiplayer online components.
Runic had in its beginnings only fourteen employees, and decided to develop a single player game without an online component so they could get the game out much faster and build upon that looking upon the future. This idea gave birth to the first Torchlight game.
After the second Torchlight installment, Perfect World Entertainment invested 8.4 million US dollars, gaining majority control of the studio. This investment was intended to target the Massively multiplayer online aspect that the Torchlight MMO had in its development.
After some splits in Runic Games, Erich Schaefer and Travils Baldree created Double Damage Games, and these two wanted a smaller scale development. After this hit, the Torchlight MMO concept had to be reframed. While Schaefer was still keen on the Torchlight MMO, he decided to leave Runic Games along with other programmers to try and fulfill the vision he had intended for torchlight. So he decided to create Echtra Games, a developer under Perfect World Entertainment. In the end, Perfect World Entertainment decided to close Runic Games in 2017.
The game is set to be released sometime mid to later this year in the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. Keep checking this website for more information on Torchlight Frontiers and many other games available out there for you to play and enjoy.