Perfect World Entertainment is one of the leading online publishers of live service games across the globe, with the likes of Star Trek Online and Neverwinter in and amongst their catalogue. Very soon though they’ll be dealing with a new title – Torchlight Frontiers.
Being developed by Echtra Games Inc, Torchlight Frontiers is the next iteration of the award winning Torchlight series.
Set in the same Torchlight universe that was found in Torchlight I and II, Frontiers is a shared-world action-RPG that promises to bring back many of the signature features and mechanics that initially captured the hearts of ARPG fans around the world.
Coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC, Torchlight Frontiers development will be overseen by former Runic Games and Blizzard North co-founder, Max Schaefer, with a team comprised of veteran developers who were responsible for the games that defined the ARPG genre; the original Diablo and Torchlight franchises.
“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. We’re proud to have Echtra Games as a part of the company.”
“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 Max Schaefer, CEO of Echtra Games. “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.”
Torchlight Frontiers will combine the heart of the beloved series with a shared, persistent and dynamically generated world. In true Torchlight style, this means that players will get the opportunity to team up with friends and devoted pets to hack and slash their way through a vibrant world, discovering ancient ruins of lost civilisations and braving dungeons filled with riches and dangerous creatures.
If you’re planning on attending Gamescom or PAX West, then you’ll be among the first in the world to be able to play an early demo of the game, with the developers at Echtra Games being present on the Perfect World Entertainment booths at Gamescom in Germany (Hall 8, Booth #B41) from August 21 – 25 and PAX West in Seattle (Booth #1115) from August 31 – September 3.