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

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  1. Infinitron RPG Codex Staff Patron

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    Tags: InXile Entertainment; Obsidian Entertainment; Planescape; Project Eternity; 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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    Planescape: Origins, the story of Lady of Pain, by BioWare.
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    shit guys
    instead of raising money because DarkUnderlord needs coke and hookers, or to buy stupid memorabilia, let's raise some REAL money to get the sequel to Project Eternity to be in Sigil. I'd fucking spend 200 bucks for that game (if the first PE is good, of course)
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    Slap yourself in the cheeks, if you would. That sounds too entirely Biowarean for my taste.
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    HEY MAYBE THE NEW BLACK ISLE STUDIOS COULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT HUH GUYS? HUH?
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    The main problem I see with this is, even if InXile were to license Planescape from WotC, the latter would probably still have creative control over the game, which would suck like it always does.
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    Overhaul did do a port for Interplay, with MDK2. So why not merge Overhaul into BIS, combine the genius of Trent Oster and whoever is still at Interplay now, and make a direct PS:T sequel, since all the IP things (characters and locations) are Hasbro's too. Call it Planescape: Anguish, the continued travails of TNO. Nothing's stopping them.

    Yeah. Licensing big products for Kickstarter projects never made much sense to me as an idea. The license kills the freedom Kickstarter implies.
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    let's get a planescape mmo
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    Ah, not quite. She will be day-1 DLC, but she's not an additional companion. She's the protagonist. BioWare's fresh new foray into innovation of the genre! Play without the protagonist if you wish, or buy the optional content for $19.99!
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    Too bad BI already spent all the cash they got from their fundraiser on a forum. Now we'll have to make a codex one to lend them money.
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    An F2P episodic adventure with premium sub-based content?! I think we're on to some proper next-gen industry gold here, comrade.
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    Shame that the rights management nonsense is such a convoluted mess when trying to get things from the P&P space and such happening otherwise---though at least Planescape is in less of a limbo than the likes of Birthright, as I think the latter recently had some sort of relevant "lapse" and now reverts to god knows who to sit on.
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