Hello people of Torchlight!
The time has come to discuss the topic of our monetization plans for Torchlight Frontiers. This is a sensitive topic, so we thought we'd let you know our thoughts and values as we embark on this journey together. In the coming months, we'll be rolling out various forms of private and public tests, from Closed Alpha all the way to Open Beta testing. During much of that time, we'll be live with our monetization plans, and our hope is that we can craft a system, with your input, that preserves the spirit of Torchlight, and facilitates a long and continuing development process from the gang here at Echtra Games.
Our community is the most important thing to us, and your happiness is critical to our success. However, continuing development on our awesome world requires revenue, so we are crafting a system that we believe preserves and enhances the goals we have for our game. We are, however, going in to this with our eyes wide open, and are willing and able to change if whatever we are doing isn't working. We are well aware of what has and has not worked with other games in the market, but also understand that every game is unique, and what works in one game may not work in another. We are also painfully aware of the abusive payment schemes some have tried, including those that exploit gambling mechanics, and at Echtra Games, we reject such approaches. With that said, here are a few of our core values:
These are the guiding principles that drive our monetization plans. We are prepared to adjust and tweak them as necessary, and your input is vital to this effort. We know we cannot please everyone, and sometimes the market doesn't always please us, but together we can make this a success. We cannot wait to start our public testing with you, to both show you the world we are in the process of creating, and work with you to chart the course for the future. We are starting this process early in development, so at first it's going to be a bit rough. We will fill in the spaces, and steer the development according to our data, and the creative minds of both our amazing staff and your expert input. In the end, we need to make you happy, and that fuels our every effort. May the world of Torchlight live on for many years to come!
If you have any feedback for us on this or anything else related to Torchlight Frontiers, make sure to sign up for the Closed Alpha Test starting November 16!
(CEO, Echtra Games)