Earlier this month we learned that Torchlight was making its way over to mobile, much to the delight of Torchlight fans and those Diablo fans looking for the “next closest thing” on their Android devices. At the time, details were pretty scarce, but thankfully Perfect World has now shared a few more details on what to expect.
First, the game will be a free-to-play offering that should actually be fully playable and enjoyable even if you never spend a cent. Second, the game will offer a brand new story line and new areas to explore that are not from Torchlight or Torchlight 2. Some of the other big features include new playable races and classes, PVP and multiplayer support, timed challenges, and a new skill augmentation system. Pets will also return in this new Torchlight installment, though this time you won’t necessarily start with a pet and a “new collectible pet system” will likely make it easy to change out the pets/companions that accompany you across your journey.
There’s still no exact timeline for when we’ll see the game arrive on Android and other mobile platforms, but so far, this is actually looking to be a pretty exciting game. Personally, my only qualm is that I’d rather this had been a premium experience over a FTP one. How about you?
Original post (6/15):
Over the weekend, it was announced that Perfect World will be producing a new game in the Torchlight series specifically for mobile devices. Dubbed Torchlight Mobile, the upcoming game should feature the same charming cartoonish visuals and dungeon-crawling gameplay of its predecessors.
Beyond this, there’s not a lot of details on what to expect just yet. Perfect World does mention that online multiplayer will be incorporated, but there’s no word on the story, whether it will be a dungeon-only affair like the original, or if we can expect an expanded world similar to Torchlight 2.
For those that have never heard of the series, it’s basically a Diablo clone with even the same music producer behind it as was behind the original Diablo games, though it has its own art style and other changes (like the addition of pets) that makes it feel different enough to stand on its own. Personally, I loved Torchlight 2 as much, if not slightly more, than Diablo 3 — though your opinion may vary.
Here’s a trailer from the original Torchight, to give you a better idea of what to possibly expect:
There’s no exact word on when the game will arrive to Android, other than “sometime this year”, but it will be featured this week at E3 2015 where we hope to get a peek at it. What do you think, excited to see this one hit Google Play later this year? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.