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Torchlight Frontiers announced | PC

12 August 2018

As for Schaefer, he's confident that Frontiers represents a positive evolution of the Torchlight universe.

Along with the setting, the "signature features and mechanics" also return. Despite the "shared-world" moniker, the devs say you shouldn't expect this to quite be an MMO, even with some persistent areas shared between players. You'll visit ancient ruins, lost civilisations, and cavernous dungeons-doing battle with unsafe creatures along the way. "Max has put together an all-star team of developers, and we continue to be amazed by the sheer level of talent and wealth of experience that they bring to 'Torchlight Frontiers.' We're proud to have Echtra Games as a part of the company".

Echtra Games is of course led by Runic Games co-founder Max Schaefer, and Frontiers takes place within the same universe as the series' previous games. The new studio will be led by Max Schaefer who has hired veterans from both the Diablo and Torchlight franchise to help lead the effort.

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An early demo of Torchlight Frontiers will be playable at Gamescom 2018 from August 21 to 25 and PAX West 2018 from August 31 to September 3.

"Torchlight Frontiers will be a living, breathing universe that will still feel uniquely Torchlight, with our own creative spin. The team is building something truly special, and we can't wait for fans to play it for the first time at Gamescom and PAX West", he said.

The award-winning Torchlight series is set to return to PC and consoles next year with the recently announced Torchlight: Frontiers.

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It's nice to see the franchise make a return, honestly. It had purchased a majority stake in Runic back in 2010 before buying it outright.

This is undoubtedly great news, as the original developers of Torchlight, Runic, shut down around nine months ago.

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Torchlight Frontiers announced | PC