In what might be the nicest surprise of 2017, Wizards of the Coast have officially announced Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition. A remaster of one of the most prolific RPGs ever made. The better news is that the wait will not be long with April 11th being the official release date on all PC platforms and Mobile Devices. Find the announcement trailer below:
Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition will be handled by Developer Beamdog who were behind the fantastic Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition. Unlike Balder’s Gate however, there will be no new scenarios or expansions. The original writing will remain intact although there will be minor edits overseen by the original writer Chris Avellone.
For graphical enhancements, the game will feature new resolutions pushing those 4K monitors and includes tweaks to the interface with zooming and quick looting. The soundtrack will also see a face-lift with all tracks being remastered. While some have been quick to call out the black outlines found in the Enhanced Edition trailer, the developers have confirmed (via a forum post on their official website), that these are indeed optional and can be turned off. In the same post they confirmed other factors like no “Story Mode” difficulty will be added.
Planescape: Torment is a game that will forever live in the hearts and minds of many who ventured within its landscape. It is not uncommon to see someone mention its name whenever the “Best Game ever made” discussion comes up online. A CRPG that revelled in its Dungeon and Dragon’s rice rolling roots, an offbeat setting, memorable characters and the story has been cemented as a classic within the medium as a whole.
Despite the original being available on GOG for some time, an enhanced edition is a truly welcomed surprise. Many have placed Planescape Torment on a pedestal of writing in video games. Released in 1999, those who have gone through the twisted adventure are still entranced. If you are a first timer or a returning player, Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition is worth your attention.