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Torchlight 3 launches in mid-October

PC, Xbox One and PS4 versions on Oct. 13; Switch later in 2020

An isometric-view gameplay screen in Torchlight 3 Image: Echtra Games/Perfect World Entertainment
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Torchlight 3 launches Oct. 13 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC via Steam, and Xbox One, Echtra Games announced on Tuesday. A version for Nintendo Switch will follow later in 2020.

The announcement caps a two-year period in which the sequel to 2012’s Torchlight 2 began as Torchlight Frontiers, with ambitions of a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game set in a “shared, persistent [and] dynamically generated world.”

But at the beginning of 2020, Max Schaefer, a co-founder of the Torchlight franchise and the chief executive of Echtra Games, said “we found Torchlight Frontiers was meant to be a true successor to Torchlight I & II.”

Schaefer, one of the development leads for Diablo 2, founded Echtra Games in 2016. Echtra took over development of the Torchlight series following the 2017 closure of original studio Runic Games. Echtra, like Runic, is owned by Perfect World Entertainment.

Torchlight 3 is $39.99. Those who have the Steam Early Access version will automatically get the full version on PC free.