The relentlessly imaginative role-playing game Torment: Tides of Numenera can be played for free this weekend on Steam, and it’s heavily discounted from £35 to £14 should you wish to buy it.
It’s worth a look; Rich Cobbett recommended Torment: Tides of Numenera in his Eurogamer review, and it’s had fixes, improvements and a content update since then.
Torment: Tides of Numenera is a thematic successor to revered old RPG Planescape: Torment. It recreates the same deep philosophical outlook in an equally weird and wonderful world. It asks ‘What does one life matter?’ and attempts to answer it over the course of a story about an immortal god jumping from body to body – one of which your consciousness wakes up in. It’s a fascinating game, and I talked in spoilery depth to the makers about the meanings of Torment: Tides of Numenera should you wish to read more.
But it didn’t catch on. Sales were weak and the Torment revival appears to have been shelved for the time being. Developer InXile is now busy making The Bard’s Tale 4: Barrow’s Deep for 2018, and Wasteland 3 for 2019. A few of the Torment team went over to help write Wasteland 3, including creative lead Colin McComb who has now, incidentally, landed himself a job at Divinity: Original Sin studio Larian.