Nostalgia is in full swing in the RPG space these days. From new forays into Wasteland, to Pillars of Eternity, and the Torment: Tides of Numenera homage, new isometric RPGs have been keeping fans busy, reminding them of the old days when the genre was full of choices for adventure and loot. Beamdog has contributed to that in its own way with Enhanced Editions of Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II and Icewind Dale. Now, it has announced PlaneScape: Torment Enhanced Edition coming on April 11.
Chris Avellone, the mastermind behind the original game in 1999 as lead designer, will help Beamdog make sure the game stays true to its original form. "Beamdog has worked hard to ensure the feel and tone of the Enhanced Edition matches the original game, " he said in a release announcing the game.. "At the same time, they've also taken advantage of current generation technology to allow for improvements to the interface and feel--it's the best way to play Planescape: Torment, hands-down."
In its previous remasters, Beamdog has added new content and new characters, but don't expect that this time around. "We deliberately didn’t add any kits, classes, races, spells or items from Baldur’s Gate or Icewind Dale to Planescape: Torment — Enhanced Edition. We felt that doing so would distort the unique atmosphere of the original game,” a Beamdog spokesperson told VentureBeat.
So the game will stay true to the form that made it one of the best RPGs of all time. “We made a conscious decision not to tamper with the original writing,” the spokesperson said. "For the few instances where new writing was needed — i.e., for a couple of additional journal entries, special ability descriptions and the Steam Achievements — Chris Avellone wrote the text personally. In addition, Chris requested to do an editorial pass of all the text in the game, and we happily obliged.”
The remastered edition will be available on Steam for $19.99 when it launches. and will also be available on Mac and Linux. iPad and Android tablet versions will run $9.99.
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I played all those old games back then but I couldn't go back to the enhanced editions, interface doesn't hold up well and maybe my attention span has been destroyed
Icewind Dale is still fun. I hope they remaster the second one.
There really are no good coop party rpgs any more.
Can't wait for divinity original sin 2 to leave early access, but yeah that's turn based combat
I spent about 160 hours in BG2 before finishing it. It stands as a top 3 game of all time for me and probably the best single player game ever (in my eyes). I know I could never replay it because this type of game requires too much time and attention now. I can't get engrossed with my wife dropping in and out of the room every 15 minutes to tell me something, me pausing at least once a session to see why my toddler is crying, getting distracted by a text message or other notification on my phone, etc.
That said, I did manage to finish pillars of eternity in something like 40 hours... But I was unemployed and my kid was at a sitter's 3 days a week, so I guess the solution is quit my job, send my kid somewhere else, and make sure my wife is at work.