Posts Tagged ‘inXile Entertainment’

Torment Numenera Beta Inbound; Devs Open New Studio

News that inXile’s spiritual Planescape sequel Torment: Tides of New Model Army [official site] won’t, in fact, release its first beta during 2015 comes as little surprise, given there are only four and half minutes left of this year. Even so, it’s good to have confirmation that a sizeable chunk of the soul-searching RPG will be with us “early next year”, with the delay in order that we get “a more polished and complete Beta Test” that should offer around 10 hours of adventuring and existential crisis.
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Torment: Tides Of Numenera Coming In 2016

Torment: Tides of Numenera [official site] has never been given a firm release date, though vague, smooshy plans have bounced the RPG from December 2014 to the first half of 2015, then the final quarter of 2015, and, now, into 2016. Developers inXile Entertainment have announced that they’re looking at next year for their crowdfunded spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment, as they want to, you know, make it good and not rush it out. Which sounds sensible – past a certain point of lateness, just make sure you do it right.

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Revving Up: InXile Expand, File Autoduel Trademark

Even with Wasteland 2’s enhanced edition [official site] in the bag, RPG revivalists inXile Entertainment still have a couple of irons in the fire. There’s the not insignificant matter of Torment: Tides of Numenera, which began as one of the most successful gaming Kickstarters ever, and the recently announced The Bard’s Tale as well. The company is expanding, with a New Orleans satellite studio set to open and create 50 new jobs over the next five years.

A trademark filing spotted by the RPG Codex suggests one possible reason for the expansion – another license for another RPG. This time it’s Autoduel, the vehicular combat game derived from Steve Jackson Games’ Car Wars.

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Fancy Fancy – Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut Is Out

You think your copy of Wasteland 2 [official site] is plain and unadorned, do you? Go on, check your pocket. Like a street magician without the tight black t-shirt (you can’t squeeze 40-odd people into one of those), inXile Entertainment have distracted you with their god-awful tattoos and some slick patter about the weather then quietly slipped into your pocket a copy of Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut. It’s the improved, expanded version of the post-apocalyptic RPG with fancier graphics, more voicework, character perks and quirks, a rebalancing, and more.

Or you can stick to the old version, if you want. Magicians make me feel uneasy too.

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Watch This Torment: Tides Of Numenera Crisis Footage

The Numenera pen-and-paper roleplaying system does a lot of interesting things to simplify stats, combat, and to offer players more choice in action and outcome. I am extremely interested to see how those systems translate to Torment: Tides of Numenera [official site], which is using the setting and system as a basis for a spiritual successor to the beloved Planescape: Torment. The first chance to see some of how it’s working is in a video below, as Jeremy Kopman – who has the excellent job title of ‘Lead Crisis Designer’ – talks through the game’s encounter system.

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Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut Emerging In October

After releasing Wasteland 2 [official site] last September (it was pretty good, said we with a few grumbles), developers inXile Entertainment set about polishing it up. That was partially for a console release, but also to make it fancier for us all.

Coming as a free update to owners of Wasteland 2, The Director’s Cut brings improved graphics, new character perks and quirks, a rebalancing, and other nice things. inXile have now declared a release date, a little later than their planned summer launch, but not too far away: October 13th.

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New Name, New Trailer For Wasteland 2 Director’s Cut

A ‘Game of the Year Edition’ is, of course, the base game plus its DLC/expansions, released to put everything in one convenient bundle for newcomers and to boast that at least one person, somewhere thinks your game is amazing. That’s not what Wasteland 2‘s [official site] GoTY Edition was going to be, so wisely they’ve changed the name.

A new trailer shows off a little of what’s now called Wasteland 2 Director’s Cut, with its new engine and whatnot.

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Torment: Tides Of Numenera
How inXile Are Bringing Pen-and-Paper To PC

I’m interested in Torment: Tides of Numenera [official site], but not for the typical reason around these parts – I’ve only ever played the first two hours of Planescape: Torment, to which the game is a spiritual successor. Instead, my interest is the result of playing the game’s other source material: Numenera, a pen-and-paper roleplaying game set a billion years in the future, which throws out much of the levelling, stats and combat of D&D-derived games in favour of a streamlined system that favours storytelling and improvisation above numbers and hard rules.

Curious about how many of the pen-and-papers unusual systems were being translated to a computer RPG, I spoke to inXile’s Colin McComb and Thomas Beeker – creative lead and associate producer, respectively – about bringing effort, cyphers, GM intrusions and backstories to the PC.

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Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites: The Bard’s Tale IV Trailer

inXile Entertainment are seemingly transitioning to being a crowdfunding-only studio, freeing themselves of publishers by leaning on fans and admirers. They’ve picked a trick or two up from their years with publishers, though. Such as: never release a trailer alongside your big announcement; save it for a few days later to score a second surge of interest.

So here’s the first “in engine” trailer for The Bard’s Tale IV [official site], inXile’s follow-up to Interplay’s 1980s dungeon-crawling series, which is currently storming Kickstarter.

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Singing For A Third Supper: Bard’s Tale IV Halfway Funded

Shame on all of you! I just came here to see Honk If You're Horny in peace

I don’t know. Iiiiiiiiiiii ddddddddddon’t kkkkkkkkkknow. A Wasteland sequel seemed like a fantastic idea, given the divisive actiony direction Bethesda took Fallout in. A Planescape: Torment follow-up was absolutely giving literate roleplayers what they wanted (hopefully, anyway – that one’s not out yet). Bard’s Tale, though? I know it’s a landmark cRPG, but it’s not one I’ve heard many people crying out for a new sequel to. I guess I worry a little that it’s old-school roleplaying for old-school roleplaying’s sake, and I’d prefer something stone-cold new. But what do I know, given inXile’s The Bard’s Tale IV Kickstarter campaign (their third to date) has rounded up $800,000 of its desired $1.25m in less than a day? Clearly there’s an appetite, and clearly The Bard’s Tale IV is going to happen.
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This Kaleidoscope World: Torment – Tides Of Numenera

You can’t swing a dead (giant) rat without hitting a big ol’ RPG these days. In the last couple of months, we’ve had the party-based pleasures of Pillars of Eternity and the bold, handsome excess of The Witcher 3. Divinity: Original Sin is flexing its systemic muscle for another bout and there are plenty of other attractions waiting in the wings.

Despite all that competition, Torment: Tides of Numenera [official site] could be one of the most intriguing RPGs in years. The spiritual sequel to Planescape: Torment promises to outweird the rest of the pack, if nothing else, and the new video below shows the range of environments that will be on show. It’s like watching a showreel of five or six RPGs crammed together – sci-fi and horror cheek-to-cheek with swords and sorcery.

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Epic Lute: Brian Fargo On Bringing Back The Bard’s Tale

Looks like concept art. Is actually in-game shot. Except the logo in the bottom left. That would be INCREDIBLY distracting.

Having successfully brought Wasteland back to life with the help of 61,920 of its closest friends, Brian Fargo and inXile Entertainment are turning their attentions to another classic RPG – The Bard’s Tale [official site]. Forget the appalling comedy vacuum from a few years ago, this is The Actual Bard’s Tale IV, both a return to and modernisation of dungeon crawling with a few new tricks up its sleeve. The Kickstarter begins June 2nd, but Fargo gave us a quick preview of what to expect.

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Free Wasteland 2 Add-On: Better Graphics, New Stuff

click to embiggen me. Missus.

Despite generally positive buzz, I didn’t get too far into Wasteland 2 [official site] because babies/RPGs are so long, but if there’s one guaranteed way to make me revisit a game it’s to improve its graphics. So many years of playing games, and still I’m such a moth to pixel-shaded flames. Pfft, like new graphics ever actually made a game more enjoyable, yet I choose to believe they will every single time. New graphics aren’t the only addition to the newly-unvieled Wasteland 2 GOTY Edition, however. “Major enhancements to gameplay”, apparently. Most importantly it’s free to all existing W2 owners.
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Brian Fargo’s Eighties Disco: The Bard’s Tale IV

Brian Fargo and the inXile team’s next project will be another revival of an Interplay oldie. Following the success of Wasteland 2, the studio is now turning its attention to The Bard’s Tale, the fantasy dungeon crawling series last seen in 1988 (inXile’s own exhaustingly unfunny parody is an official Bard’s Tale game so let’s ignore it). Fargo announced the game at PAX South, where he confirmed that Kickstarter will be used for funding as with Wasteland 2. He has since taken to Twitter to state that development will focus on a PC version and that InXile will be “dialling up” the atmosphere.

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inXile Tease Another cRPG Comeback: Bard or Baldur?

that's Torment: Tides of Nananana concept art, btw

With two successful Kickstarters under its belt, one well-received RPG sequel out in the wild and one spiritual RPG sequel on its way, what next for Wasteland and Tides of Numenera dev inXile? Sadly, it doesn’t involve ditching any crazy capitalisation. It does, however, involve bringing back another much-loved olden roleplayer. But which one? I’ve stuck a few guesses (two of which are in this post’s title) below.

In the shorter term, they’ll also be doing a bit more tinkering with Wasteland 2.
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Wot I Think: Wasteland 2

Wasteland 2 is formidable. The word ‘sprawling’ comes to mind but it’s not quite right. There’s a bit of sprawl, if such a thing as sprawl can happen in bits, but the game’s density is a more distinctive feature than its actual size. InXile’s Kickstarted RPG is a large game and rewards repeated playthroughs with previously unseen content, but it’s the sheer quantity of stuff that has astonished and occasionally overwhelmed me. As to whether the effort of seeing it all (or most of it) has been worthwhile? Here’s wot I think.

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Would You Like To Experience Three Minutes Of Torment?

I myself experienced three minutes of torment just moments ago. It’s always a nightmare when my girlfriend heads into the bathroom before I can get in there for my first wee of the morning.

I felt much better when I experienced a different sort of Torment – a proper in-game look at the next RPG from Wasteland 2 creators inXile. It’s fascinating to see how Tides of Numenera is trying to evoke its spiritual predecessor Planescape: Torment without, in fact, being a Planescape game.
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Wasteland 2: Fargo On NPCs, DLC & Save-Scumming

When I sat down for a chat with Wasteland 2’s Brian Fargo (he of Interplay as-was, and now of InXile as-is), it wasn’t yet known that the Kickstarted alterna-Fallout RPG was to have its release date moved from August to September. Hence, I didn’t ask him about that. But we did talk about the state the game’s in now, what post-release plans are, sneaking recordings of his revivalist preacher granddad onto the soundtrack, mysterious NPCs, butterfly effect consequences and the importance of continuity.
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Near-Future: Wasteland 2 Possibly Delayed A Mite

So tacky, Los Angeles.

August is here! This means Wasteland 2 is almost here too, as inXile said in May that’s when they’d release their crowdfunded RPG. 31 days of possibility! Or 27 now, seeing it’s already the 4th of August. But wait, hang on, now inXile have stretched that window back out to possibly 34 days, or even 41. It may be slightly delayed while they put things in boxes, I’m saying. Given that it’s two-and-a-half years since the Kickstarter launched and 26 years since the original game came out, another fortnight isn’t much.

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The Ultimate Torment Interview Of Ultimate Torment, Pt 2

I very much want Torment: Tides of Numenera to be excellent, because the world needs more Torment. Not in the literal sense, of course; the world is a miserable place. But Planescape Torment was a wonderfully different sort of RPG set in a wonderfully different sort of world, and another descent into the gnarliest bowels of fuckweird would be quite grand. Numenera’s still a ways off at this point, but inXile seems to be on the right track. Yesterday we talked combat and why quality is more important than size, and today we continue on by chatting about why Planescape Torment *wasn’t* perfect, what that means for Numenera, the recent delay, and why we won’t just be able to attack any old random NPC. All that and more below. 

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