Legendary RPG Planescape: Torment is getting an Enhanced Edition, 17 years later

What can change the nature of an Infinity Engine game?

Planescape: Torment is still one of the all-time great RPGs. I should know—I just replayed it in January in preparation for the then-impending launch of spiritual successor Torment: Tides of Numenera.

If only I’d waited two more months though, eh? Today a countdown timer at planescape.com (cheekily titled “Plan Escape”) was supposed to tick down to zero and pull back the curtain on Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition. Then uh...well, the trailer leaked early. Best laid plans.

It’s another Beamdog joint, so anyone who’s played Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition, its sequel, or Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition should probably know the score. Native 4K widescreen, reworked interface, crisper sprites, remastered soundtrack, probably some bug fixes and balance changes, maybe some new companions or restored quest lines, all layered on top of the Infinity Engine classic.

Basically you can expect something resembling a fully modded-out Planescape: Torment, but without actually installing mods and with a bit less jank overall, making it friendlier to first-timers and longtime fans alike. I’d expect the Enhanced Edition to fix Planescape’s wacky leveling system for instance, making it so you always accrue the maximum health on leveling instead of assigning it to a dice roll. We’ll see.

Anyway, this is huge news for everyone who didn’t replay Planescape: Torment in the last six months. I’m way more excited to see this remastered than I was for Icewind Dale, and I hope the experience survives intact. It is, as I said, one of the all-time great RPGs almost 20 years after its release—still weird, still thought-provoking, and still a point of comparison for every story-centric game. Play it, and maybe you’ll finally be able to answer the question: “What can change the nature of a man?”

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