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Wizards of the Coast say the Planescape setting is available for licensing

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Wizards of the Coast say the Planescape setting is available for licensing

Company News - posted by Infinitron on Mon 11 February 2013, 18:01:37

Tags: InXile Entertainment; Obsidian Entertainment; Pillars of Eternity; Planescape; Torment: Tides of Numenera; Wizards of the Coast

Eurogamer's Robert Purchese has done some research on the matter of the Planescape license. He reports:

For months I believed Wizards of the Coast had, for whatever reason, declined use of the Planescape Dungeons & Dragons licence for another video game.​

Colin McComb, key member of the Planescape: Torment team, reached out to Wizards of the Coast about reviving Planescape: Torment game. But it "yielded no fruit", he told me.​

Brian Fargo, inXile boss, was "rebuffed" by Wizards of the Coast when he asked the same sort of thing.​

With Planescape apparently off the table, Fargo contented himself with the Torment IP and hired Colin McComb to make a Torment-like successor but built on a different, new, role-playing system called Numenera. The game's called Torment: Tides of Numenera.​

Planescape being off the table may have also affected Obsidian's decision to Kickstart a new IP in Project Eternity rather than pursue something Planescape.​

It turns out, however, Wizards of the Coast wasn't against the idea of licensing Planescape at all - or so it told me.​

"We would absolutely consider licensing out Planescape, or any of our other great D&D IPs, if we were approached with a proposal," Wizards of the Coast told us through its presumably bushy beard.​

"We often get proposals and are actively pursuing opportunities to make great digital D&D experiences.​

"Brian [Fargo] suggested Baldur's Gate 3 had proven difficult in the past before we regained our digital rights, so, that probably didn't help the situation."​

Of course, it's too late now for this to change anything, since both inXile and Obsidian are committed to other settings. Furthermore, as the article shows, neither of them really wanted to license a D&D setting anyway.

So, will somebody else step up and license the Planescape setting? In before Overhaul Games' Planescape: Trentment.

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