New Torment RPG revealed

Isometric single-player role-playing game Tides of Numenera from inXile coming to PC and Mac; Kickstarter going live Wednesday.

inXile Entertainment today announced Torment: Tides of Numenera, a DRM-free single-player role-playing game for PC, Mac, and potentially other platforms. A Kickstarter campaign for the project will begin Wednesday, though the company did not divulge a funding target.

Torment: Tides of Numenera--due out December 2014--is set in Monte Cook's tabletop role-playing world of Numenera, which itself was successfully funded through Kickstarter. It will have an isometric perspective and runs on the Unity game engine.

inXile was clear that Tides of Numenera is not a sequel to Planescape: Torment, but rather a "completely new game" that has been designed to provide the same experience and feeling as the original. The game asks players: What does one life matter?

InXile says choices will matter in Torment: Tides of Numenera. "Torment is a game of complex and nuanced morality, deep and reactive choice and consequence, and immersion into a new and strange vision," the company said.

The development team behind Torment: Tides of Numenera is made up of veterans, including Brian Fargo (inXile founder), Kevin Saunders (Neverwinter Nights II: Mask of the Betrayer), and original Planescape: Torment developers Colin McComb and Adam Heine, as well as the aforesaid Monte Cook.

inXile is also working on Wasteland 2, which it successfully crowd-funded last year. That game is due out during October 2013.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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116 comments
N30F3N1X
N30F3N1X

What. The. Actual. Fvck.
 WWWWWAAAAAAAANNNNNTTTTT!!!

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

Looking forward to see this game. I simply cannot wait to see how this one will go. We already have Wasteland 2 and Project Destiny on the way, won't say no to a new Torment game either.

andrei_r
andrei_r

Does anyone else find it strange to call this a 'Torment' game, when Torment was the subtitle? Wouldn't the original technically be called a 'Planescape' game? It just looks a little odd to then add a subtitle to the original subtitle, but then again they do say this is a new game.

Tr0ll_King
Tr0ll_King

._.   ................... wow that batch of LSD is really strong..........

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

YES TAKE MY MONEY MORE MORE MORE TAKE ALL OF IT

Nodashi
Nodashi

Ooooh cool. Count me in. Man, I love kickstarter for bringing back those game to me...

jakerscythe
jakerscythe

Is it wrong for me to be extremely cautious, thinking that there's no way they're going to even come close to matching the greatness that was Planescape:Torment? I see potential for so much disappointment here.

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

Planescape : Torment = The best single player game I've ever played.  Want so badlyyyyyyyyyyyyy

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

They should rerelease Planescape Torment with support for current OS and upgraded resolution. I want to play it so bad but GOG.com doesn't support it for Windows 7 64 bit.

sonicare
sonicare

Interesting.  Planescape had one of the best stories for a rpg.  Dont know if they will be able to recreate that experience, but it should be fun to see.

Zloth2
Zloth2

We're going to have a LOT of isometric RPGs showing up!  The ported RPGs from the new XBox and Playstation should start showing up next year, too.  Grab a hand full of plot, then grab a hand full of eye candy, then another hand full of plot, then...  2014 is going to be an awesome year!

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

I just think its sad kickstarter is the only way we can get good long original games like this anymore.

revanknight
revanknight

Excellent news! There seems to be a cRPG resurgeance lately and thank **** for that! It's been a while since I've played a well-written, time-sinking, tactically deep game from the genre. 

No_SuRReNDeR
No_SuRReNDeR

My ears perked...you had me at Torment...

Snide-Cipher
Snide-Cipher

Already well aware of this one, but it is good that Gamespot is covering it now so close to the start of the KS campaign. It is good to see some of the substance coming back into games and it is good to see the gaming media supporting it.



brxricano
brxricano

"DRM-free single-player role-playing game...." My brain just created a trigger reflex to click on any link with the title of this game in it.

the_hunger
the_hunger

Okay, you got my attention with role-playing game and DRM-free.  I'll take a look.

Ledah
Ledah

These are really old news, but I'm waiting impatiently for this game.

Legolas_Katarn
Legolas_Katarn

Was happy to support the Numenera and Wasteland 2 Kickstarters and will be happy to support this one when it launches.

"inXile Entertainment today announced Torment: Tides of Numenera"

If you want to report month in a half old news that's fine but don't act like it's new

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

@andrei_r 

The name "Planescape" is still under license to Wizards of the Coast, and therefore use of it would infringe copyright.

As for the use of of the name "Torment" - the rights to which expired and were picked up by Brian Fargo - in his words...

"... we’re envisioning Torment as a thematic franchise with certain themes that can expand over different settings and stories"

Nodashi
Nodashi

@andrei_r Could not be a Planescape game because it's set in Numenera... and they had to relate it to PS: Torment to raise awareness.

The_Last_Paladi
The_Last_Paladi

@jakerscythe I think it will be awesome for younger players, older players tend to have a hard time letting go with the initial feel they had when playing the original. Nostalgia is a double-edged sword.

moonlightwolf01
moonlightwolf01

@jakerscythe I agree. With so few of the original dev team you cant be sure they'll be doing anything other than trying to be like Planescape and trying is never the same as being. Too many kickstarters seem to be trying to catch the glory of an old game instead of looking to make something new and unique. I wish the dev team the best but just saying lets make the next planscape: torment doesn't really mean anything.

RadPro
RadPro

@2bitSmOkEy I personally prefered the Baldur's Gate series. Although the story was amazing, Planescape Torment had one major flaw. You had to build your character as the designers intended, by investing ALOT in wisdom or you would miss a huge chunk of the game. Not only does this goes against what an RPG is supposed to be, but the game didn't give any clue about this to the player, so unless you played something that has high wisdom like a Cleric, you were screwed in your first playthrough.

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

@Meta-Gnostic  

I have mine from GOG, working perfectly on Win7 64 bit, there is a mod thread on GOG that allows Torment to run perfectly and with all bug fixes.

DarkSpidey69
DarkSpidey69

@Meta-Gnostic I think you might be mistaken, I have Windows 7 64 bit and I got Planescape: Torment from GOG.com and just happened to install it on Saturday cos I had heard so much about it but never got a chance to play. Works perfectly.

Lotus69
Lotus69

@Meta-Gnostic Are you sure about that?  Is there a forum thread or something discussing this?  I was thinking about getting it digitally but I'm in the same boat running Win 7 64 bit.

Daian
Daian

@abcdefgabcdefgz just be glad devs have found a way to fund these projects, and if these games start being successful again maybe then publishers won't be paranoid about funding them anymore.

brxricano
brxricano

@s_h_a_d_o Links!!! *pulls hair* Baha-hahaha! aaaahahahahahaha!! LINKS!!!! This is....incredible! youre like some kind of....magical online reporter! Where did you come from oh mysterious online journalistic space creature?? You have made the impossible possible!!

When someone does your job better than you for free (EDDDIE!)......S.M.H.

Legolas_Katarn
Legolas_Katarn

@s_h_a_d_o Yeah, I don't know why they are reporting this like it is new other sites did weeks ago, Monte has been saying how happy he is about this on his Facebook for about a month, people are signed up to be notified when the Kickstarter starts. 

the_hunger
the_hunger

Yes, I preferred the Baldur's Gate games as well.  Planescape had a good premise and I liked the writing, but you were greatly constrained regarding how you played the game.  Some decisions could easily get you stuck, which is not good in a roleplaying game.

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

@MAD_AI @Meta-Gnostic Ya but who knows where those mods came from and if they're safe for your computer or open you up to virus, malware, mess up other stuff on your PC.

And even with those mods some people are still having trouble. Some still have their computer crash. Why put your PC at risk of being destroyed?

Pretty shitty when GOG.com claims their games will run on new OS when they don't without 3rd party mods.

Poodlejumper
Poodlejumper

@Daian Yeah then the big publishers won't be afraid to dumb them down for the CoD crowd..

Legolas_Katarn
Legolas_Katarn

@Ladiesman17 I thought they had posted something about it, I might be thinking of articles I saw on BlisteredThumbs though. I know Kevin is backing Dreamfall so I would be surprised if they hadn't mentioned it here.

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

@SythisTaru @Meta-Gnostic @MAD_AI Okay I will buy it to prove you wrong. Why the hell would I use 3rd party mods that I have no idea what is contained within them. They could be filled with malware or virus.

SythisTaru
SythisTaru

@Meta-Gnostic @MAD_AI It runs perfectly on Windows 7 64bit. No mods needed. (But why someone wouldn't use the mods is a mystery to me. )

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

@Legolas_Katarn

nope, not even once. 

Dreamfall Chapter Kickstarter announcement was at the same time with Bungie's Destiny and PS4 announcement.

maybe GS think it's not worth as a piece of news. =3

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

@Legolas_Katarn

ok your case is fair, so it would be best if this news bit was never posted to avoid justly criticism? the question is rhetorical.

Legolas_Katarn
Legolas_Katarn

@Mega_Loser @Legolas_Katarn @s_h_a_d_o Because the internet makes it very easy to find information. If Gamespot editors never heard of the game and post a story for it that is fine, but all it would have taken to find that this news is a month old would be a quick google search of the name to see a website for it, Monte talk about it, articles on Blistered Thumbs/Destructoid/etc. When I make posts on forums I usually take a few seconds to double check facts/to see if I had the correct spelling/to see if my links work, I expect someone whos job it is to take that same five seconds that I would do for random forum posts.