It's been humming along under the radar for months now, but Runic Games is about to take the wraps off its next game: a massively-multiplayer title based on 2009's surprise hit Torchlight.

Runic boss Travis Baldree is already talking up some of the game's features, however, telling PC Gamer "our vision is to have an MMO that plays as close to single player as we can get it. 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. The game has to be solo-able, but players will have to have skills that make them useful in a party and make them work together."

Baldree also says that the game, which is free-to-play, will of course feature microtransactions, but that these won't be necessary to get some enjoyment out of the game.

"I will never, ever buy a microtransaction item," he reassures. "I'm that kind of player. And the game has to be enjoyable for me, too. We don't want our monetisation stuff to offer ways to skip the game because the game is boring."

Torchlight MMO details in the new PC Gamer [PC Gamer]