Beamdog, the developer behind enhanced editions of the Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale series, just announced they are working on an enhanced edition of Planescape Torment.
Beamdog partnered with Chris Avellone, the original lead designer on Torment, “to curate gameplay updates, bug fixes, and enhancements to best capture his original vision for the game.” On Twitter Avellone said he has spent the last year working with Beamdog on the game. The update will include a fully remastered soundtrack, a 4k-friendly interface, as well as modern Infinity Engine upgrades such as tab highlighting, zooming in and out, a combat log, and quick looting.
The announcement comes after a countdown on the Torment website, though it has not been much of a secret. Beamdog’s last project, Siege of Dragonspear, was an original add-on meant to close the gap between Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II, though it was met with mixed reviews, including my own. I felt the writing was inconsistent at best, and decidedly worse than the two games it was meant to bridge. We will see if their work improves with this update to what many consider to be the greatest CRPG of all time. For those of you who have not played the classic, this is a great opportunity to make up for lost time. The game has deep characters and an excellent story, though it has more reading than I would like.
Planescape Torment Enhanced Edition will be available April 11 for $19.99 on Beamdog’s site, Steam, and GOG.com for Windows, Mac and Linux, and is listed as “coming soon” for tablets, for both iOS and Android. The soundtrack will be available separately.