The venerable dungeon crawler Torchlight is returning with Torchlight Frontiers, a new shared world action RPG coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
IGN sat down to chat with Max Schaefer, CEO of Echtra Games, the studio behind Torchlight Frontiers. A specialist in action RPGs, he’s a founding member of Blizzard North and a contributor to Diablo, Diablo II, Hellgate: London, and the Torchlight series. His delight at the prospect of finally revealing Torchlight Frontiers is palpable. “We’ve been toiling in anonymity for the last couple of years,” he tells us, “so it’s super-exciting and super fun to finally be able to talk about it.“
Torchlight Frontiers aims to combine the fast-paced combat, procedurally-generated levels, and addictive loot loop of a dungeon crawler with the social and live-service qualities of an MMO. “It is a shared world with persistent elements and instanced elements,” says Schaefer. “We’re just always shying away from the term MMO because everytime someone says that word, everyone has a wildly different, very specific definition of what that means.”