Will the Alpha continue?
Absolutely 100%! Developer-community connection has always been an important part of Torchlight, and we believe the best games are made with player input along the way. Alpha players have already helped shape the game in so many ways, big and small, and we're counting on them to keep being part of the Torchlight journey.
What happens to my progress during the Alpha?
During the rest of Alpha/Beta stages we will be much more test-driven with progression data. Expect to see helper NPCs that skip players to different Acts and provide useful items to play with. This will help players kick the tires on a wide range of game content in a short time. Clearly, those "cheated" account data aren't appropriate to carry into the released game.
We will wipe all prior progress when Alpha testing moves to Steam, and again at the Launch of the game.
Will there be a Beta?
Yes. The focus during Alpha stage is more on feedback and getting the game to play great. Beta testing focus will be on stability of the game service and finding any last issues that would affect players at Launch.
What happens to Lux Charge Up or in-game purchases that were made in Alpha?
We will be refunding all Lux charge-ups made during the prior Alpha stage back to the original payment method (when possible) or as Arc credit. This process will begin immediately, but it may take a few days to complete. You will not need to contact Customer Support to receive a refund, but if you have any questions about the process, please send us a ticket.
What happens to my Alpha rewards?
We are making every effort to carry forward cosmetic thank-you items players acquire during Alpha. Once we are able to restore those on the Steam platform we'll announce the details to Alpha players.
Will there continue to be updates during the Alpha?
We will still be making regular patches and releasing content as it becomes available. We are planning to patch more frequently now as we polish out the finished game.
What has become of the horizontal progression system? Do any elements remain?
Horizontal progression is removed - characters have a single level and items are not boosted or penalized based on what area they came from. There is still some scaling of power on item levels so that powerful characters who return to early areas of the game have a fun combat experience.
Will there still be micro transactions?
There is no longer an in-game shop.
Will the game be always-online?
No. Players have the option to create online or offline characters. Online characters can only be played online, in order to ensure a cheat-free experience for everyone participating in the connected game. Offline characters can be played without an internet connection. (Alpha players will not have access to Offline mode at this time)
How do I get the game on Steam?
Follow or Wishlist Torchlight III on Steam to make sure you get the latest news and events for the game. Testers who had access to Torchlight Frontiers on the Arc platform will get an email with a Steam key they can claim to gain access to the Torchlight III Alpha test on Steam.
What Steam features will you support?
The game supports Steam friends and Achievements already and we're excited about the other features Steam opens up. We will be adopting the Community features on Steam in the coming weeks as another great way to interact with players.
What happens to all the alpha sign ups?
Registration for our newsletter and testing opt-in are still available at playtorchlight.com. We will continue to use those signup lists for additional testing invites as needed.