Torchlight III brings some fun to cooperative role-playing adventuring
After being in early access for a good chunk of 2020, Torchlight III is now in final release, and is available on Nintendo Switch, PS4, Windows, and Xbox One.
The release of this third game is as much a story about how it came to be.
The first Torchlight (2009) was a single-player dungeon crawler developed by Runic Games, which was founded in part by Max Schaefer, who had helped to create Diablo.
Torchlight II, which introduced multiplayer, came along in 2012.
In 2016, Schaefer left Runic and created Echtra Games as a subsidiary of Perfect World, which was the majority owner of Runic. Before 2017 was over, Perfect World had closed Runic, and the Torchlight rights went to Shaefer’s Echtra.
Fast forward a few years, and Torchlight III is a reality, and while plans to turn the action role-playing game (ARPG) into a massively multiplayer experience were abandoned, what remains is a game that will scratch that dungeon crawler itch.
Another shift was to lighten the tone of the game. As a result, Torchlight III is delightfully goofy at times, without becoming a parody of itself.
It’s presented with an isometric top-down view. You’ll enjoy exploring the various environments, killing the baddies, and looting gear. You will get to choose a pet to fight alongside you as before. You’ll also have a fort that becomes your base of operations, a place for you to return to when you want to swap out your weapons and armour.
But the killer feature in Torchlight III remains the cooperative multiplayer. Being able to play with my younger kids—who aren’t quite up for the darker storylines of Diablo—is amazing.
Torchlight III is available now for Nintendo Switch, PS4, Windows, and Xbox One. Rated teen.