One of the titles that is currently sitting on my pile of shame may receive a sequel soon. I’m talking about Planescape: Torment, usually regarded as one of the best Western CRPG’s ever made. In a recent interview with GamesIndustry.biz Obsidian co-founder and Planescape: Torment creator Chris Avellone stated his desire to start a Kicktarter project to revive the seminal title.
“I think the challenges we’ve spoken about would all have to be considered and to be honest I don’t know if I’d want to do it as a Planescape game – I think a better approach would be to ignore the D&D mechanics and respect what Planescape was trying to do and what the game did and see if you can do what Fallout did when it became the spiritual successor to Wasteland.” Avellone said.
“I think if you made a game using some of the concepts of Planescape, the metaphysical ideas and the plane travel, without using the D&D mechanics, you could actually come up with a much better game. With Torment, I’d argue that the D&D base actually, in places, got in the way of the experience. It was a lot harder to make a game with those ideas in it with D&D mechanics. So much that we had to break a lot of them. We had to ignore certain spells, change up the class mechanic so that you can switch at any time you like by remembering abilities.”
“That was stuff that D&D didn’t allow for, it was to restraining in some respects. If we did do a spiritual successor, then I don’t know if we’d use the Planescape licence or attach the mechanics, perhaps something that has a different feel to Torment.”
It remains unclear if Avellone is thinking about remaking the game, doing a spiritual successor or a direct sequel. Nevertheless, it’s really good to know that someone is seriously considering bringing the franchise back to our modern era.
The 1992 cult classic was really well received for its sharp writing, somber tone, dark setting, bizarre characters and for incorporating some refreshingly unique mechanics (for instance, the main character couldn’t die.) In retrospect, a lot of critics have referred to Planescape: Torment as one of the best role-playing game ever made. And to think I haven’t played it yet… Still, if you’re interested in playing this classic as well, you can get a digital copy on GOG.com.