Torchlight Frontiers, new game in development?

I did a search in the United States Patent and Trademark Office database, and it revealed that a trademark "Torchlight Frontiers" was filed April 17, 2018 by Runic Games:

http://tmsearch.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?f=doc&state=4801:6p8l4q.2.3

This seems a little strange as the company has closed down. But we do have the little hint left by Marsh Lefler in the closing down announcement: "For those that love the Torchlight series, there will be some news coming."

According to a job posting from november 2017 for Echtra Games (Max Schaefer's new company), they’re "building a big world based on a beloved gaming franchise"

https://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/310175/Get_a_job_Echtra_Games_is_hiring_a_UX_Designer.php

A lot of the old Diablo II team is back with Max at Echtra, so I'm guessing it isn't that unlikely that they would be making another ARPG style game. And I'm hoping they are the ones making Torchlight Frontiers.

But will it be another classic ARPG, or maybe some kind of MMO? Either way, a newly registered trademark confirms that we can expect another Torchlight game in the future, and that is definitely good news.

Anyone else have some thoughts on this?

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  • wiskiwiski Posts: 51 ✭✭
    edited June 27

    I would highly approve of a new Torchlight game. Not sure if I would be thrilled if it turned into some sort of MMO though. I would be okay if it kept the more classic ARPG gameplay but with a more connected online experience between other players though, like city hubs to meet up with other players.

    Here was a comment Max Schaefer made on Facebook:

    Runic Games
    June 14 at 2:36 PM ·
    Hi everyone, Max Schaefer here. I'm the former co-founder and CEO of Runic Games, and I'm currently the CEO of Echtra Games, Inc. I just wanted to catch everyone up on why there are Torchlight posts popping up here and elsewhere, and a bit of overall context.

    We all know the Runic Games office in Seattle was closed down following the completion of Hob. It is not relevant to revisit a very complex situation, but the important thing is it doesn't mean the end of the Runic's game franchises.

    The big question here is why there are new posts being made about Torchlight. As was mentioned at the time of Runic's closing, Perfect World has future plans for both of Runic's franchises. Of course they can't say what they are, but I know it's exciting and cool, because, well, I know things. :)So the whole idea here is to start to re-engage the community in preparation for future announcements. This isn't just torturing you about a franchise you love, rather it's an expression of affection and dedication to the franchise.

    I've been flying below the radar the last couple years with our work here at Echtra Games, Inc. I still can't talk about it, yet, but in my spare time I'm going to start to help with re-engaging with the Torchlight community. I can honestly say that in more than 25 years of game development (yikes), the Torchlight community was totally unique. There has never been a better, nicer, more helpful group of fans than you guys. I really mean that. I've worked on "bigger" games, but their communities were like most game communities, with too much toxicity and negativity. That was never true about the Torchlight community. You guys were FUN to make games for. It was rewarding and satisfying to see your reactions when we made an announcement or shipped a Torchlight game. So that's why I'm back here now, and will keep hanging out to answer your questions when I can, and just to help keep everyone up to date.

    Thank you all for your continued enthusiasm, and stick around, because really cool things are on the horizon!_

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