On the universal ranking of high quality computer RPGs, Planescape: Torment can usually be found around #1. The computer game released in 1999, and continues to be praised to this day for its excellent writing and mature story-telling, as one man comes to grip with his own immortality. Today Beamdog has announced an official Planescape Torment: Enhanced Edition. And it’s dropping in two weeks.
Unlike Beamdog’s previous remakes, Planescape Torment: Enhanced Edition’s updates will be solely focused on sound and visual updates, as well as quality-of-life bug fixes. No new content will be added, which was a mixed bag for their previous Enhanced Editions.
Original lead Designer and cRPG celebrity Chris Avellone was brought on to provide minor text updates and fixes. PT: EE was given the usual Beamdog treatment of updated UI, resolutions, remastered music, and more helpful improvements to bring the title in line with modern gaming.
You can purchase the original Planescape: Torment from GoG, and use free mods to help update it. But the Enhanced Editions do all that work for you, and have been generally well received by fans and newcomers.
Planescape Torment is highly recommended if you enjoy your RPGs a bit more on the thinky side. Party members include a floating skull, a fallen angel, a soul-less construct, and a self-immolating wizard. The unique setting of the inter-dimensional city known as Sigil is rife with excellent role-playing possibilities.
A few years ago InXile Entertainment crowdfunded a pseudo-sequel. Torment: Tides of Numenera released earlier this year to positive reviews.
Planescape Torment: Enhanced Edition is scheduled to release on April 11 for PC, Mac, and Linux for Steam, GoG, and Beamdog’s own digital store. It’s slated to come out for iOS and Android sometime later.