Planescape: Torment [Year of the Remake]

Planescape Torment Editorial

I know the spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment [RE: Torment: Tides of Numenera] just recently dropped, but this is the “Year of the Remake” after all. Why be undone by Blizzards remakes/reimaginings/retellings, when Beamdog can just try and top them? Beamdog did the enhanced editions for Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, Baldur’s Gate II. So next they set their eyes on what can be considered one of the greatest RPGs of its era: Planescape: Torment! Yes, there will be an Enhanced Edition, and sooner than you think! Scaled up to 4k, they called in Chris Avellone, lead designer of the original game for his help, support, and to add some new text and tooltips to the game. I’m glad they brought Chris back to oversee all the updates to this game. They wanted to make sure it was as authentic as possible, and boy does it look good! Sure, you could just get the original game off the Internet [GOG, for example], and mod it up, but that’s a real hassle. I’m not really a big fan of messing around with mods, personally. Maybe it’s laziness, maybe I’d just like to have a game out of the box that. . . you know, is good! That doesn’t sound unreasonable. But this isn’t a “remake”, but an Enhanced Edition. I still count it as a part of the Year of the Remake.

April 11th is the magical date, if you will! It will be available on PC and Mac and I’m not going to lie: I am super excited for this! Torment: Tides of Numenera is hilarious and fun and certainly challenging, but few PC RPGs really made my blood boil like this one did. There’s a part of me that misses RPGs that are ludicrously, insanely, hair-pullingly mad. Literally “Angry with Rage” style mad. Might and Magic, Dragon Quest 1, Wizardry, Ultima. Torment was and still is int his illustrious list of RPGs. I’ve never had an experience like Planescape: Torment before. I’m glad it’s coming back to the forefront, for a new audience to feel the laughter, the pain, and the unending, skin-searing frustration that is Torment. Oh, how aptly named. It also had one of my favorite character names: A succubus named Fall-from-Grace. Are you guys excited? Have a favorite D&D game? Hit me with it below!

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