Alive Again! Planescape: Torment On GoG

By John Walker on September 28th, 2010 at 2:44 pm.

He's back!

They said it couldn’t be done. We’re still not sure how it was done, but we called it. One of the most infamously impossible to release games of all time is now available to play on modern PCs. Good Old Games are probably forgiven all their recent naughty doings by securing one of the finest RPGs of all time, Planescape: Torment. It’s $9.95, and just over a GB to download from their re-launched website. Unless you managed to get the mysteriously released boxed copy from Amazon last year (which was a completely unpatched version), this is the first chance to get the classic RPG in many years. We’re chasing GoG for more details about how they secured this, and check out Kieron’s superb retrospective of the game. Also, take a look at Alec’s guide for getting the game to run in enormous widescreen-o-vision. Planescape’s back!

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  1. olemars says:

    I’m buying it NAO. I don’t even care to check if it actually runs on windows 7.

    • Locomorto says:

      You scared me for a moment. Thankfully it looks like it runs on both 32 and 64 bit Windows 7. Why must it download so slow though :/.

      I guess I’m just going to have to play it tomorrow

  2. Ignorant Texan says:

    This is absolutely wonderful news. I guess Hasbroken(tip of the hat to Wacky Packs) must have the rights.

  3. Lukasz says:

    Bought it. I have exams but fuck them.

  4. adonf says:

    kieron’s superb retrospective reads “404″

  5. drewski says:

    Everybody – EVERYBODY – should play this.

    • Urael says:

      No thanks. Tried it once. Was underwhelmed.

    • WCG says:

      I wasn’t crazy about it when it was first released, but I was trying to play it as an everyday RPG. Last year, I installed it again and maxed out my character’s wisdom and intelligence. MUCH better. Try it again. It really is a great game.

  6. Seniath says:

    Planescape’s back!

    *glances at original ’99 boxed copy on shelf*

    Oh, it never went away…

    • Raum says:

      Same here.

      Haven’t tried to play it for a while. I’m pretty sure I got it working when I was running XP, though.

    • drewski says:

      I’ve run it fine on Vista, although it’s not really a big fan of modern graphics cards.

    • dancingcrab says:

      I’ve had it up and running in widescreen on Windows 7 64.

    • K says:

      I moved house three times since it was released more than a decade ago. I have thrown out nearly all boxes, and quite a few games themselves (most on floppies, which I cannot actually use anymore). But I have diligently kept my PST, and I also still use the box (which isn’t even pretty) to keep pens in. Just because it is Planescape: Torment, and I still consider it the best game ever.

      I might want to buy this anyway, so I can play through it a fourth time, and in English.

    • Raum says:

      … you’ve… thrown away the boxes?

      Madness.

    • DigitalSignalX says:

      My PC case has an unconnected floppy drive in front for purely comedic/cosmetic purposes. Keeping storage bins crammed with dusty floppy and CD games I would never (expect to) play again seemed pointless and I discarded them on my last move. Thankfully GoG is keeping these great items alive for us.

  7. Sam says:

    Dear GOG,

    All is forgiven.

    • Locomorto says:

      I’ve been hoping this would come up on GOG, since well, I first heard of it. I guess there goes any chance of me actually doing any work in the near future.

      Sigh…

    • Simon says:

      Dear GoG,
      Apology accepted for your very silly PR stunt. Now get MechWarrior 3 working on modern OSes and I’ll actually forgive you. Love and hugs.

  8. tengblad says:

    I already own a retail copy (original version, mind. Got it at a sale on a local game story ages back) but still bought it from GoG the moment I saw it was available, just to show my support for this move. I sincerely applaud this opportunity to get the game into more peoples’ hands.

  9. pierec says:

    Is it patched to work on modern machines? I’d love to try the game in english, as I only have a polish-translated (superb job, BTW) boxed copy. Also, I’m a bit too lazy to juggle with 4CD and to look for all the fixes to make it behave properly.

    • pierec says:

      Alright, coming back from a 6-hour PST binge I can say that it works. Yay!

  10. Tom OBedlam says:

    Aces. I’ve been wanting my friends to play this for years!

  11. Komus says:

    And so approx one week after G0G’s controversial publicity stunt, all was forgiven and forgotten on the RPS comment boards… Huzzah!

  12. mbp says:

    This really is a coup. I tried to get this game for years and eventually bought a copy on Ebay for an exorbitant price.

    Now they need to go after the holy grail of abandoned games: System Shock 2.

    • Dude says:

      Do you envy me that I have an original box copy of System Shock 2 and have made two backup copies which I use to play so the original stays safe? Do you? Do you?

  13. Bas says:

    The bookstore I work at had a copy of this lying around since its release. I bought it a few years ago when I started there. Is this game rare then? Not pirated that is.

    • subedii says:

      Relatively rare. I suspect Ebay prices are going to take a dive. :P

  14. Skystrider says:

    Okay folks, I have already given away two free games at GOG, so here’s one more for one of you great folks here at RPS.

    Take this code: X2BG-V2M7-3SZL-7C48

    Paste it here: https://www.gog.com/en/gift

    …And hope you are the first. Be quick though, these things vanish like… ice-cream at the core of the sun. Yup. Tick-tock!

  15. jarvoll says:

    OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG.

  16. Dominus says:

    tears of joy!

  17. l1ddl3monkey says:

    Another classic I can cross off my “I wish I’d played…” list.

  18. ET says:

    BUYING IT FASTER THAN LIGHTNING.

    I still have the original version sitting on the shelf back home, but oh god Planescaaaaaaaaaape. NOW MY FRIENDS HAVE NO EXCUSE TO NOT PLAY IT.

  19. noobnob says:

    System Shock 2 fully working on modern OSs coming next!…someday.

    A man can dream, right?

    • Pemptus says:

      But it does work on modern OSes. Just a moderate amount of fiddling with fan patches and whatnot is required, look it up!

    • Hidden_7 says:

      It doesn’t really require that much fiddling to get dark engine games to work on modern os’s. It’s mostly just a case of running the game using the right settings. There is a bit of codec fiddling requires to get the movies to play in game, which can be a shade annoying, but otherwise it’s all pretty straight forward.

      Here’s a nice resource:
      http://www.ttlg.com/forums/showthread.php?t=69958

  20. TreeOfAcknowledge says:

    SS2 will make me cry

    • Huggster says:

      I recently played through SS2 on WinXP 32bit, not W7 though.
      Underdogs had it, not sure if they do now. (I know this is frowned upon, I did buy it boxed aeons ago and I never DL anything but get it retail/steam)
      Who gets the cash from this new PS:T on GoG? Surely not the original publishers / devs???

    • Ignorant Texan says:

      Based on this: http://www.gog.com/en/news/contest_guess_what_the_next_atari_hasbro_title_will_be/0

      I’d say publisher(Namco Bandai, parent of Atari), yes, Hasbro(rights holder for IP), yes, Interplay, I don’t know.

    • Huggster says:

      Hmm. I think GoG should give it away as a service to gamers. ;-)

    • VelvetFistIronGlove says:

      Huggster: Please, don’t bring up the whole “do the original devs get money from this” thing? It’s a complete red herring. If you bought the game brand new very few (if any) of the people who made the game would have received any royalties from your purchase. Most of them would get salaries and bonuses, and no more. Leaving aside the retailer, most of your money would have gone to the publisher, who put quite a lot of money at risk to develop the game, banking on it selling well enough to make the risk worthwhile. Usually, the developers agree that the publisher acquires the rights to the game in exchange for the publisher taking on the risk (details will vary, but this holds true in general).

      The exact same rationale is behind transactions when a company is bought out by another—the other company, seeing potential value (potential is risky, it may not be actual value) in the company’s assets, purchases them. In this case, the new owner has full legal and moral right to receive any profits from further sales of those assets. They choose to take on the risk of investing in another company (even riskier if that company was in financial difficulties), and they deserve to reap the rewards.

    • Huggster says:

      Your right.
      I was just thinking along the book and music royalties thing. More out of curiosity than anything.

  21. Earl Grey says:

    Looks like I’ll be buying from GOG again *sigh*. Oh well… YAY FOR PLANESCAPE! :D

  22. Subject 706 says:

    Already own this, but a fully patched, CD-less version means GOG will get my business anyway.

  23. Gundrea says:

    What can change the nature of RPS? A good game.

  24. Jacques says:

    I’m torn. I’m thinking “fuck GOG” because of the stunt they pulled, but also, “must buy”.

    Hnghhhhhhh.

  25. Fred Wester, CEO of Paradox says:

    I mean, it’s no Victoria 2, but, shit. It’s a helluva game.

  26. Ian says:

    I got it from Amazon and yet still had issues getting the effing thing working. Does this one work from the get-go? Because if so I’m tempted to just get this and flog my boxed one on eBay or similar.

  27. decanem says:

    if we’re dreamin’ can i throw in “fully working co-op mode” too?

    • decanem says:

      Ack! i meant to reply to the System Shock 2 post!

      oh i look like a right flapjack now.

  28. Hmm-Hmm. says:

    Now I’ll really have to get this.

  29. Lukasz says:

    PST for free for a quick one:
    Take this code: WVVD-NVUL-RD3O-U7RE

    Paste it here: https://www.gog.com/en/gift

    and find what can change the nature of the man!

  30. airtekh says:

    Nice to see that my old excuse of professional extortionists on eBay no longer holds true.

    Time to see what I’ve missed, and fill an embarassing hole in my gaming CV.

  31. KillahMate says:

    Also, do the fan patches and mods work? I know some of that stuff modifies the .exe… I think.

    • Ignorant Texan says:

      For pipping you at the post, I’ll try them and give a report. I know they did on the torrent versions, with some exceptions. The main one being the wide-screen mod. Er, oh so I heard, Matey. ;-)

  32. Morte says:

    the most unsurprising surprise follows the most unfunny funny?! Well i nevaaa.

    Already own this, but tried twice to get into it, I’m just a not that type of gamer, I will buy it though, as I am a total hoarder, and my mates will be impressed.

  33. Pijama says:

    THIS IS FRABJUOUS

  34. Ysellian says:

    :D :D :D

  35. Vinraith says:

    Oh hell. This is fantastic for the hordes of fans, and for all the folks that have never had a chance to try it since it’s been so expensive lately, but it puts me right back where I started with this damned game. I’ve bought Planescape three times, tried to play it three times, and sold it three times. When it got rare and expensive I figured I was finally done with it, because I couldn’t possibly impulse buy it “to give it one more try” at $100. Now, though, I’m clearly going to end up paying $10 to play through that slow, awkward, repetitive first few hours again in the dim hope of reaching all this good stuff people tell me comes along later.

    Ah well, who knows, maybe I’ll get there this time. The whole problem is that it’s always seemed like a game I should love, after all. Any modernizing mods for this one, ala the refits for IWD and Baldur’s Gate?

    • Gundrea says:

      If you don’t like it then you don’t like it Vinraith. After three tries I think you’re qualified to make that assertion. Not everybody will like mint chocolate ice cream and nobody can burn you at a stake for not liking the flavour.

    • Vinraith says:

      @Gundrea

      The issue is that I’ve always gotten the impression it gets better after those first few hours.Hell, I’ve never even encountered another party member beyond Morte in any of these attempts.

    • Bureaucrat says:

      All it really needs is the widescreen mod.

      Next time you walk out of the Mortuary, head immediately to the next map screen south, enter the big building in the middle of the map, and talk to Dak’kon.

      *Endure. In enduring, grow strong.*

    • Robbeasy says:

      @ Vinraith

      Completely agree – exactly the same for me. Always go into it vowing to give it at LEAST a good 3-4 hours of gameplay, then grinding to a halt after an hour or two. People keep on telling me how good it is, but man those first couple o’ hours are a grind.

      And, no, I’m not some callow youth with no attention span or willingness to work for my pleasures – I. Just. Cant. Get. Into. It.

      Should I be burnt at the stake or what?…..

    • Gundrea says:

      Well I can’t help you there. I enjoyed it right from the get go. (Possible Spoilers?)Creeping through the mortuary unravelling the mystery of where I was while tensely trying to avoid getting caught. When I first saw Dhall sitting in front of his book I was sure I’d been caught and spent ages agonising over whether to approach him.

      Really there comes a point where if you just can’t get past the introductory section of the game without tasting sour lemons then the rest of it can’t be your cup of tea. Space Siege was like that for me. Played the first ten minutes then quietly uninstalled.

    • Huggster says:

      Its a sad world where some of what is considered “the best game narrative” comes from 1999.

      It was a long time ago and my memory is old and jaded, but the last few hours I still remember, so they must have been pretty good.

      I do recall it was clunky though, somewhat. I would probably play through again, I have probably forgotten most of it, its pretty solid though.

    • Lambchops says:

      For what it’s worth I found it difficult to get into as well but I always put this down to a dislike I had at the time for RPG game mechanics. I just loved it for the story and kind of tolerated what I saw at the time as utterly horrid combat.

      It will interesting to see what I think of that now that I’ve played a lot more RPG games and my dislike of their mechanics has somewhat softened. Will I be more inclined to enjoy it or will I see it as even more deficient in the gameplay area?

      That aside though it’s entirely worth it for the fantastic story.

    • Pijama says:

      With PS:T, persistance indeed is rewarded.

      To drive my point home, there is even a spell called “Missle of Patience”, hehe…

      Going through the first few hours might be a tremendous pain in the arse, but once you finish the first part, the game gets a very good, solid pacing. :)

    • Malibu Stacey says:

      “Its a sad world where some of what is considered “the best game narrative” comes from 1999.”

      Why? What difference does it make when a good story is written? Good narrative is still good 1, 11 or even 100 years on otherwise why would people still doing things like performing Shakespeare plays etc?

      It’s a sad world where people think just because something is old, it’s no longer good any more.

    • Lars Westergren says:

      @Vinraith

      Richard Cobett has written a getting started guide that sounds perfect for you.

      http://www.richardcobbett.com/codex/get-started-in-planescape-torment/

    • Huggster says:

      @ Malibu Stacey – the point I was making was not the age, but the relative dearth or good writing since then!
      ME2 main plot? Ewwwww.

    • VelvetFistIronGlove says:

      I’ve bought Planescape three times, tried to play it three times, and sold it three times.

      But not this time. This time will be different…

      …because you can’t sell it afterwards :P

    • LintMan says:

      @Vinraith – If you want the story of Planescape without the gameplay, you can check out the novelization online here: http://www.wischik.com/lu/senses/pst-book.html

      I haven’t played the actual game (yet), but the novelization was pretty good.

    • Vinraith says:

      @Lars

      Thanks, that really does look useful, I’ll give it a thorough read when I pick up the game.

      @VelvetFist

      Yeah, I thought of that already. :) Maybe being forced to keep it will provide additional impetus to push past those first few hours, who knows?

      @LintMan

      Thanks, I’ll keep that in mind as a fall back.

    • Kadayi says:

      Never finished it. Although I believe my last save is pretty much near the end of the game (I’m just past the column) . However it’s been so long since I last played I dread to think how rusty I am (did have a look at it a while back, but could figure out WTF I was supposed to do). Given the game is complete time vampire and my back log is huge I’m unsure whether I’d restart it.

  36. The Innocent says:

    Maybe now Ebert will play it.

  37. Lambchops says:

    Well that’s one out of 3 down. In the mythical world where I am the centre of the univers Little Big Adventure 2 and Toonstruck will be unvieled in the coming months!

    • Huggster says:

      LBA!

      I though that game was all a dream until you mentioned it again.

  38. Zinic says:

    SOLD!

    … Friday.

  39. Weraxium says:

    I had problems with this game and my nVidia card – 8 and 9 series. Is it working now or is it still broken and unplayable?

    • Ignorant Texan says:

      It’s working well on my 9800GT, so far. And, it’s in wide-screen for me, too. I’m now going to to download/install the the fan mods/patches.

  40. MappyMousePD says:

    If Fallout 2 and Arcanum are $5.99, then so too should Planescape.

    • Lukasz says:

      The game is so desperately desired by fans that giving it 10 buck prices wouldn’t hurt sales at all.

      sans
      10 dollars for game. really. it is ridiculous price anyway.

  41. Igor Hardy says:

    I’ll have to buy it again then. I only have the Polish version which is a brilliant translation, but I’m really curious how it all read in the original.

    • pierec says:

      From my initial playthrough I can say that the translation was a great job. People working on it focused more on conveying the sense that just translating the words and it really shows. I especially like how all the slang Sigil’s inhabitants are using was redesigned to fit Polish language.

      I prefer original voice acting, though.

  42. Quasar says:

    Slightly shamefully, I once pirated this just to see what the hype was about. I got a fair bit in, but ended up getting stuck in an impossible situation whereby I was facing a huge enemy force with no health, no way to rest, and no way back from where I was.

    So, I’m buying this. Would it ruin the game to use the mod that lets you rest wherever you like?

    Also, any tips on starting stats? I didn’t do so well in the opening the first time around.

    • Arathain says:

      I would recommend planning in playing as a magic user, so you can spend less on your physical stats and more on Intelligence/Wisdom/Charisma. These stats all open up new dialogue options. If you want to solve more of the game’s mysteries you’ll need them.

      Remember, you’ll get a stat point every level, so starting stats are a touch less important than they normally would be.

    • Smokey says:

      Combat is by far the least interesting part of the game so you’re not really missing anything by cheating it, and while I can’t speak for other people I’ve had the most fun playing a high WIS/INT moderate charisma character, they get the most conversation options and can avoid a ton of the combat.

    • Arathain says:

      I wonder if your impossible situation was the undead town in the crypts. You can’t fight a whole town, but they’re a pretty friendly bunch, once you get to know them.

    • Huggster says:

      Now I recall – I think my CHA was very high as I knew it was a talkie not a fightie.
      Its juicy knowing you get extra dialogue options that actually make a difference!
      Forewarned is forearmed.

    • sebmojo says:

      There are two things that make the game a lot easier (but in a good way):

      You can get a ‘free’ raise dead spell for your companions from Deionarra in the ground floor of the Mortuary if you say the right things to her

      and

      If one party member can zone out then the whole party goes with them. So it’s very easy to run away from a lot of fights.

  43. Malibu Stacey says:

    I have a 4 CD retail copy from back when it was originally released around a decade ago but I reckon the lazyiness factor could make this my first purchase from GOG.

  44. LionsPhil says:

    I’ve still yet to play past the morgue on my CD copy. :/

  45. Weraxium says:

    @Ignorant Texan

    Great! Thx!

  46. Okami says:

    I bought Torment when it came out and completed it, I bought the german version as a cover DVD on a german mag a few years ago and I pirated it last year, patched it all the way, installed the high res mod on it and played halfway through it. And now I’m going to buy it again from gog.

    Yes, I rather like the game.

  47. ghost4 says:

    Too bad GOG are untrustworthy assholes who need stupid gimmicks to drum up business. I’d rather torrent games than buy anything from them, and I don’t even like torrenting.

  48. Casimir Effect says:

    I’d actually recommend playing a fighter first off as I always find it simpler to do. High wisdom is a must for any character though, as it’s just so important in this game for dialogue, extra plot, and extra experience.

    There is a great FAQ written by a guy called Dan Simpson which should be easy to find on GameFAQs. Even if you don’t want to use it for the story help at all there are great tips at starting stats for the 3 classes possible (I gather you know you must start as a fighter).

    The mod wouldn’t ruin it so long as you use it sparingly and find out where you can ‘legally’ sleep in the normal game. But it isn’t really necessary, especially as the Nameless One regenerates over time depending on Con.

    • Huggster says:

      Ahh thats right, wisdom is the key skill. It all comes back to me now!

    • Arathain says:

      Yup, if you’re going to boost one stat above all others it ought to be wisdom. I don’t think playing Mage make things that much harder. You’re going to have to manage spellcasters anyway, so you might as well have it be you. Besides, only a player mage can get the best spells.

  49. Mr Wibble says:

    I squeed. Shame I can’t persuade the nearest and dearest to play it.

  50. Dean says:

    The extras for this say it comes with a “book” – is that a PDF of the novelization? Worth a look for curiosity value I guess….

    The link to Alec’s guide here is interesting too. When I saw this earlier it occurred that that is exactly what GOG should be doing. Provide the original, by all means, but when there are resolution patchers, restored content mods and upgraded texture packs, they should be linking to them.