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Early Production Has Begun On A Planescape: Torment Successor – Not “Planescape”

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Released back before the turn of the millennium, Planescape: Torment has since been lauded for its deep storytelling and complex characters. Based off the Dungeons and Dragons campaign setting of Planescape, Torment is arguably the most unique, story driven Infinity Engine game. Fans of Black Isle Studios have been lamenting the lack of further adventuring in the realms of Planescape: Torment. With the recent success of Project: Eternity – headed by Planescape:Torment lead designer Chris Avellone – and the re-release of Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition by Trent Oster, it seems that classic D’n’D RPGs are enjoying somewhat of a renaissance, so why not add a new Planescape: Torment to the list?

Luckily for fans, it seems a successor of sorts is on the way.

In an interview with Eurogamer, former Black Isle developer Colin McComb has revealed that a new Torment title is in the works, although it is “”waaaaaaaay early in pre-production”. McComb, who was second in command of the original Planescape: Torment, talked to Chris Avellone – who is busy with the recently Kickstarted Project: Eternity – earlier in the year, apparently seeking his approval in the revival of the Torment IP: “I told Chris that I would not work on a Torment successor without his approval. We talked about it for a bit, and he told me that he was entirely comfortable with me moving forward on a Torment game without him, and he gave me his explicit blessing to do it.”

As for the future direction of the project, McComb hasn’t ruled Avellone’s input out – “With that said, I would be happy – no, wait, overjoyed – to have him on board in any capacity whatsoever.”

Now for the kicker – the new game will be a “Torment” title, not a “Planescape” title, since Wizards Of The Coast hold the rights to all things Planescape. Apparently, Avellone and McComb have already discussed using the IP with Wizards Of The Coast, but that conversation “did not yield fruit”. At this point it is unclear what this will mean for the direction of the new game, however, with the talent of McComb and the blessing of Avellone, this will certainly be one to watch.

As of right now, funding for the project has not been secured, and McComb is still putting together a development team, however we will bring you all the little tidbits that our little birdies find. Stay tuned.

You can read the whole interview on Eurogamer.

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Pokémon Developer Game Freak Emphasizes Original Game Creation

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Game Freak, best known for the Pokémon franchise, is starting to emphasize and prioritize original game creation.

In an interview with Video Game Chronicle, Masayuki Onoue, a director at Game Freak, says that the company has launched Gear Project, an initiative in which developers pitch ideas during slower periods between big releases to create more original games other than just Pokémon.

Onoue also spoke about Production Team 1 and Team 2 at Game Freak, the first prioritizing Gear Project for the company as a whole and the second focusing on Pokemon. He noted that Gear Project allows the developers to gain more experience working on different platforms such as PlayStation, Xbox, and PC, as well as transferring new skills and techniques they learned back to the Pokémon team.

Some of the games that Game Freak has released so far through Gear Project are HarmoKnight, Pocket Card Jockey, Tembo the Badass Elephant, and Giga Wrecker. Game Freak is also developing Town, an RPG game that was shown off in a Nintendo Direct back in September 2018 and is due out this year.

Additionally, Game Freak is working on Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, the latest entries in Nintendo’s flagship franchise. Both of those are set to release later this year.

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