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New teaser website appears to be counting down towards Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition reveal
Game News - posted by Infinitron on Sat 25 March 2017, 00:06:35Tags: Beamdog; Planescape: Torment
After the flop of Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear, many people were expecting Beamdog to shut down and go away forever. Instead, they regrouped. Dragonspear's writing team was quickly shown the door, and in June we learned that the studio was hiring a new team to work on a D&D RPG under the leadership of their recently hired Creative Director, former BioWare writer David Gaider. Clearly, like certain RPG protagonists, some companies aren't so easily killed. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
A post by Trent Oster on the Beamdog forums in August clarified the situation. Beamdog now had not one but three projects - one big, one medium-sized and one small. Some observers reasoned that if the big project was Gaider's, then one of the smaller ones was likely to be a new Enhanced Edition rerelease of an Infinity Engine game. That could be either Icewind Dale 2 or Planescape: Torment. One game, a sequel nobody had asked for released by a dying developer. The other, a game often considered the finest RPG ever made, GOG.com's all-time best-selling title, and the inspiration for a soon-to-be-released thematic successor that had been successfully crowdfunded to the tune of over $4M.
The choice was obvious, and personally I've been expecting this for a while. A teaser website, PlanEscape.com, appeared on the Internet today, with a four day countdown. Trent's tweets about it haven't exactly been subtle, and if you're not convinced yet, a look at the site's source code will reveal four hexadecimal numbers, which correspond to the ASCII codes for "PSTEE". Yeah, I'm pretty sure that Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition is a thing that's happening.
What could such an enhancement consist of? I can already see the jokes about the addition of a gender-related response to Ravel's famous question. But Beamdog have their own game to work on now, and I'll be surprised if PS:T's narrative content is modified in any way other than the possible re-addition of cut content from Qwinn's famous patch. Another possibility is that the reveal of the game might coincide with some sort of relaunch or rerelease of the Planescape setting by Wizards of the Coast, since the official Dungeons & Dragons Twitter account has tweeted about the site as well. Well, we'll know soon enough.
P.S. A poster on 4chan's /v/ board claiming to be a tester for PS:T EE has apparently leaked a couple of screenshots of the game. He also says Beamdog aren't planning to touch its writing. Of course, I can't vouch for the authenticity of any of that.