The successor to groundbreaking 1999 role-playing game "Planescape: Torment" has surpassed not only its own funding goal but also the first-day haul of Kickstarter's most-funded video game, "Project Eternity," with $1.4 million worth of pledges.
The enthusiasm with which fans backed "Torment: Tides of Numenera" on March 6 means that it was already the eighth most-funded video game in Kickstarter's history after only 24 hours on the service.
The most successful, "Project Eternity," was backed to the tune of $700,000 after its first day, and went on to clear $3.9 million, but the new "Torment" is on track for an $8 million total should it continue to outpace "Eternity" at the same rate, which would make it one of Kickstarter's top three projects overall.
Like the "Baldur's Gate" series, progenitor of "Project Eternity," "Planescape: Torment" was and still is considered foundational to the role-playing game genre, masterful in its elevation of narrative, character and motivation within a detailed, nuanced world.
"Of all the games that we did at [previous studio] Interplay, 'Torment' is the one I'm most proud of," explained InExile studio founder Brian Fargo in his video pitch. "An RPG with the depth and weight of a novel paid off in worldwide recognition for its thought-provoking literary story and emotional power."
And there's a practical, philosophical bent to the "Torment" style of game that's being carried over to "Tides of Numenera."
"What does one life matter? What legacy do you leave? What is the cost to your friends, your heart, your conscience?" asked creative lead Colin McColm. "These are the kind of questions we want to help you explore."
Developer InExile is already finishing up another crowd-funding success, "Wasteland 2," expected October 2013, but will be able put its writing and design teams to work on the new "Torment" straight away, with the finished game due December 2014.
The funding period for "Torment: Tides of Numenera" ends April 5.
Kickstarter page: kickstarter.com/projects/inxile/torment-tides-of-numenera
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