Techland Publishing and developer inXile Entertainment have announced the release of Torment: Tides of Numenera, the spiritual successor of Planescape: Torment. The game is available for PC, PlayStation 4, and XBox One, as well as via Steam.
The game’s setting is derived from the tabletop RPG Numenera created by Monte Cook, a role-playing game designer famous for his work on the renowned Dungeons & Dragons. Developed by the creators of the cult classic Planescape: Torment, Torment: Tides of Numenera takes place on Earth one billion years in the future, when it is known as the Ninth World. Hyper-advanced civilizations have risen and fallen, with their inventions the sole relics to mark their existences. Humans take those leftovers, which they call numnera, and use them as they can. One of those humans discovers a way to use the numenera to grow stronger and cheat death across the centuries in a succession of bodies.
Players are placed in the role of the Last Castoff, a shell created by the “Changing God” to house his consciousness, and then discarded. This means that players will use a predefined character. From there, players will have choices about type, alignment of sorts, focus, and goals, with further choices defining the game playthrough and conclusion. Players can recruit companions to assist them in their journey, but these NPCs come with their own personalities and goals. Should the player avatar make a choice be not to their liking, desertion, battle, or betrayal are all possible consequence. In other words, the goal is to create a tabletop RPG-style experience on a video game platform.
The game itself has an interesting history. When Torment: Tides of Numenera was kickstarted in 2013, it reached its full $900,000 target after six hours. By the end of the campaign, over 90,000 backers had contributed nearly five million dollars. The time since has been one of development, delays, and fan anticipation.
Torment: Tides of Numenera is available in physical and digital editions. The game has been rated M for Mature by the ESRB.