Torment: Tides of Numenera funding crosses $2 million

InXile Entertainment's isometric PC role-playing game reaches new Kickstarer funding milestone 48 hours after launch.

The Kickstarter campaign for Torment: Tides of Numenera has crossed $2 million just two days after going live. The game sailed past its $900,000 target in just six hours, with total funding standing at more than $2.1 million from over 38,000 backers at press time.

The game reached $1 million in funding in seven hours and two minutes, eclipsing the previous record for fastest campaign to earn $1 million by 80 minutes, according to InXile. In addition, of 37,000 Kickstarter campaigns that have reached their funding targets, just 21 have reached the $1 million mark.

InXile has now achieved this milestone twice, as the developer's Kickstarter debut with Wasteland 2 secured $2.9 million in funding last spring. That game is due for release during October 2013.

"We knew there were some negative sentiments regarding crowdsourcing fatigue, and the fact that we are still finishing Wasteland 2, but the massive community acceptance to our latest Kickstarter effort was overwhelming, unexpected, and a great honor," InXile CEO Brian Fargo said in a statement.

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?

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MAD_AI
MAD_AI

Thanks a lot George for ruining the hopes and dreams of an entire generation.

dangermouse2k
dangermouse2k

Is this how their funding games now? I just saw a new Ultima game doing this too. So just like the U.S. economy we're going to socialize the expense and privatize the profit?

faithxvoid666
faithxvoid666

It seems pretty clear to me that we have two groups here.  A group who see video games as an art form and are willing to help the arts in any way - such as donating money to the cause. The second group seem to be a bunch of "developers" who know how passionate gamers are about their medium and want to exploit this by convincing them that it's "indie" to left them fish around in their pants for cash at the beginning and at the end of production.

Has their been ANYTHING on Kickstarter that has received funding, been developed, and been released successfully to the masses?  Almost every day I see another new article on this site about someone e-begging to make a new piece of software or new gadget.  Where's one finished product?  Ouiya, Oculus Rift, smart watches, and every kind of game imaginable have all been funded by millions of dollars from hard working people and nobody has come through with anything other than vaporware promises.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

So people really will argue over anything to make themselves out as "better than everyone else"... Interesting.

sonicare
sonicare

Nostalgia is a very profitable thing. 

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

We have Project Eternity and now this.  Finally, after years of retarded publishers like EA saying no, no it'll never sell, no people don't want games like this, no people only want shooters and action games, finally PCRPGs are being made again.

A huge middle finger to any publisher who has stood in the way over the years, and can I get a Hell Yeah for the old Black Isle and Bioware people stepping up to make these games a reality.

Ledah
Ledah

I'm a really big fan of PS:T so I can't wait for this beautiful game to come out. It's nice to see how kickstarter can bring us something like an old school isometric RPG.

M-S-M-S
M-S-M-S

Proud to be one of the supporters. BTW, wasteland 2 seems to be advancing great.

I'm on the fence about the new "lord British" game....

Lei_11
Lei_11

With all the support, I'm inclined to believe I missed out by not having played the old instalment of this series.. :O It's hard to believe an isometric game is good (yes I tend to hate them)
>edit< it occurred to me that my inclination to dislike isometric games may stem from the fact that I've had little exposure to them early in my life... *ponders some more *  *grabs beer*

MoronGotMyName
MoronGotMyName

I love the new 3 million dollar stretch goals - more unique paths through the game with even more choices and special encounters/items depending upon what you do. And this team is so talented I am sure they will pull it off, this is exactly what I want to hear. And the companion level is rising, four sounded low but then it will be up to seven and hopefully they'll keep adding them in future stretch goals. 

koospetoors
koospetoors

Must.resist.urge.to...install...Planescape....


apolloooo
apolloooo

i love how old styled isometric RPGs are revived by kickstarter. looking forward to this and project eternity <3

darkeyez81
darkeyez81

Good to see that this game it's getting great support. The only thing that turns me off from playing the original game it's the more than 5,000 pages of dialogue that has, as described by GOG in their store page.

dark_harpy
dark_harpy

I love Planescape: Torment and this new game sounds freaking amazing. I'm glad they are getting so much funding. I'll be following this project with great interest.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

The next couple of years are gonna be freaking awesome for old-school RPG fans!

Evilnator
Evilnator

I'm expecting it to end somewhere around 11million.

MoronGotMyName
MoronGotMyName

I think this will exceed Project Eternity's funding.

CDWJUSTIN
CDWJUSTIN

makes me wonder what they do with the extra money... i mean you can only spend so much to make a game... lets say they make the game and only use one million the other million goes to bonuses and so on? i dont get it?


I know some people will say thats just more money to put into a game but they've got the team and the writers. Only thing that more money would give them is more time to develop and unless there going to take 15 years to make the game. i cant figure what there gonna do with all the extra money besides have a big ass prostitute party .

SerOlmy
SerOlmy

Yeah, the fact that Torment And Dreamfall Chapters are doing so well makes me have some hope for the future of gaming. Hopefully they won't let us down with the finished product. Also have to thank Torment for getting me turned on to Numenera, I hadn't heard about that until the other day and am excited about that as well.

Saketume
Saketume

There seems to be hope for the gaming industry after all.

Poodlejumper
Poodlejumper

They got this by combining their (apparent) success in showcasing what's done so far in Wasteland 2 as well as invoking the holy name of one of the greatest games ever created.: Planescape: Torment as inspiration.

Now just imagine what they could do if they invoked the name of Baldur's Gate 2 as inspiration.

Give it one year.

walidras
walidras

I love Kickstarters, . Because at Kickstarters the backers (Fans) pay for the making of the games :) so the developers dont need to worry anymore if the game dont sell good.


Eliphs
Eliphs

This looks pretty cool.  Though I keep reading the title as The Tides of Numa Numa.

nocoolnamejim
nocoolnamejim moderator

More, more, more! 2.5M is the next stretch goal and you know there will be new ones after that.


Dig deep people. :)

nu1mlock
nu1mlock

I haven't even looked at the Kickstarter page; if this game has co-op, I'll buy 4 copies of it.

evil-zodiark
evil-zodiark

the concept of the story is simply amazind, but you can't expect less from the spiritual successor of T:PS...

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

Woooo this makes me so happy.  On a side note, if you pledge at least 45 bucks you also get Wasteland 2.  Such an amazing deal.

rgish
rgish

What can change the nature of a man?