PC Gamer has hinted some details about the upcoming massively-multiplayer online (MMO) game Torchlight, in the new issue of its magazine that will be released in the UK. They had an interview with Travis Baldree, Runic Games president.
First and foremost, the MMO will be free-to-play and will support microtransactions in the game. Baldree has said that they want the game to feel like a single player game.
“It will have the same focus on relatively fast action: carving your way through hordes of monsters with a large number of hugely devastating skills,” he says.
They want the game to be solo-able but also give characters skills that can synergise with other characters to make them useful in a party situation.
Baldree doesn’t advertise too well and said that he would never, himself, buy a microtransaction item in a game. This is good for gamers, meaning that they won’t have to sacrifice playability for things to sell in the game.
“We don’t want our monetisation stuff to offer ways to skip the game because the game is boring,” he says. Hopefully this means things will be fully unlockable and gamers who do pay extra for the game won’t have any added advantages in terms of characters.