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Torment: Tides Of Numenera Reaches $900k Kickstarter Goal In Less Than 12 Hours

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As the budgets of AAA level games continue to climb higher and higher and smaller indie or social media games (such as Angry Birds) proving they can be a huge success without the backing of a publisher, there seems to be little place in the world for the humble PC developer, catering to a niche yet passionate audience. Yet, with the rise of crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter, new light has been shone onto a genre and platform many had pronounced dead years ago.

Over one million dollars (and counting!) has been pledged towards the creation of ‘Torment: Tides of Numenera’, spiritual successor to ‘Planescape: Torment’, easily passing its $900k goal in less than 12 hours since the campaign began. Torment: Tides of Numenera is an old school role playing game, from acclaimed game studio inXile. Veteran producer Brian Fargo whose credits include Fallout, Baldur’s Gate and the original Planescape: Torment is attached in an Executive producer role and is bringing in a veritable ‘Dream Team’ of RPG developers to help the project along.

The success of the project follows both inXile’s previous Kickstarter campaign for RPG game Wasteland 2, and Obsidian Entertainments ‘Project Eternity’, displays a bucking of the trend to the usual method of games development. With a resurgence of interest in a genre which has had no major releases since its ‘golden age’ in the late 90’s/early 00’s.

Fan’s nostalgic to the good old days of old school RPG games have flocked to these projects in their tens of thousands, throwing millions at the developers willing to make these games when the big developers wouldn’t have given them a penny. With the aforementioned ‘Project Eternity’ Kickstarter raising nearly 4 million dollars by almost 74,000 backers in less than thirty days. Considering Torment’s successfully reached its goal in less than 24 hours, this can only delight many who sees this as proof both old school RPG development and PC gaming is still worth the time of day.

For further information please visit the Torment Kickstarter page which has all the juicy details
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/inxile/torment-tides-of-numenera

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