InExile’s sophomore kickstarter, Torment: Tides of Numenera, is rounding the bend toward release, sorta. Anyone who backed the game at an appropriate level can now play a beta of it on Steam. You can upgrade your pledge on their site to gain access if you so choose. Or if you didn’t back it all, you can buy into early access on January 26th.
Not only is this the spiritual successor to the classic Planescape: Torment. It also marks the continued revival of CRPGs, which started with inExile’s own Wasteland 2, but has also seen Divinity: Original Sin, Shadowrun Returns, and Pillars of Eternity, to name a few notable ones. I dove into Wasteland 2 during its early access stage, played it a bunch, and then proceeded to never finish it. That game was ridiculously big and dense. Then the Director’s Cut came along, and I naturally told myself, “I’ll go back and finish it then!” I didn’t. I’m going to play it smart this time and hold off on Torment until it’s actually released later this year.
It’ll be interesting to see what inExile can do with a budget exceeding that of Wasteland 2. To date, the game has earned over $5 million in crowdfunding, so it’s safe to say that anything else the game makes through Early Access, or with super-slacker-backers on their site, is just gravy.
But the game, in an early and incomplete state is now being played on Steam, and as such, Youtube videos are cropping up by the buttload.
IGN has an hour of Torment with some of the developers, which is probably a great place to start with if you’re unfamiliar with the game. But if that doesn’t sate your torment thirst, then just type “Torment,” into Youtube, and away you will go.