Perfect World Entertainment and Echtra Games, publisher and developer respectively, recently announced the next game in the Torchlight universe: Torchlight Frontiers. The new game, a shared-world action RPG, will be out sometime in 2019.
Torchlight Frontiers combines the heart of the beloved Torchlight series with a shared, persistent and dynamically generated world.” The publisher added that players would be able to band together with “friends and devoted pets” as they battle their way through “a vibrant world, discover ancient ruins of lost civilizations and brave dungeons filled with riches and dangerous creatures.”
Echtra Games’ CEO, Max Schaefer, also clued fans in on when to expect some more information about the game. “Evolving the Torchlight universe into a shared world has always been a goal for the franchise, and I’m excited that we’re finally able to make it a reality,” said Schaefer. “Torchlight Frontiers will be a living, breathing universe that will still feel uniquely Torchlight, while we add our own creative spin to the game. 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.”
According to Perfect World’s press release, Echtra’s development team for the game consists of many industry veterans, including those who worked on Diablo and previous Torchlight installments. “Perfect World Entertainment has had a strong working relationship with Max Schaefer, dating back to the original Torchlight game, and we believe in his vision to evolve the Torchlight series,” said Yoon Im, senior vice president of publishing at Perfect World Entertainment. “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.”
Torchlight Frontiers will be available on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. You can sign up for the Torchlight Frontiers beta here.