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Torment Kickstarter draws $900,000 in six hours

Torment Kickstarter draws $900,000 in six hours

Wed 06 Mar 2013 8:33pm GMT / 3:33pm EST / 12:33pm PST

inXile Entertainment's Planescape successor launches in the morning, tops funding goal by lunch

inXile Entertainment's second Kickstarter launched this morning, and is already a roaring success. The developer's Torment: Tides of Numenera campaign went live at 6 a.m. Pacific, and reached its $900,000 funding target around noon.

As inXile founder Brian Fargo said in the project's first update, "You've got to be freaking kidding me!! We just funded in six hours!?!?! Our heads are still spinning at the incredible response we have had from today's support of our Kickstarter campaign. We had plans to roll out our stretch goals and to write our Kickstarter updates but never in our wildest dreams did we think we would fund this quickly!!! We are joyfully scrambling right now to get a longer update and some stretch goals in front of you as soon as we can."

Torment is a spiritual successor to the PC role-playing game Planescape: Torment, albeit one without the Dungeons & Dragons Planescape license. It is the second PC RPG follow-up inXile has successfully crowdfunded; last year the developer attracted more than $3 million in contributions to make Wasteland 2.

Torment: Tides of Numenera is actually off to an even better start than Wasteland 2. While both games shared the $900,000 target, it took Wasteland 2 nearly two days to pass the goal. As of this writing, Torment: Tides of Numenera has garnered more than $985,000 from some 18,600 backers. The campaign will run until April 5, and the final game is expected to be delivered to backers in December of 2014.


Andreas Gschwari
Senior Games Designer

542 528 1.0
I find this really interesting. Particularly in light of recent discussions regarding F2P and monetization.
In this particular case inXile has done 2 kickstarter campaings within a year and been successfull twice (both will probably reach their goal 3 or 4 times over).

This shows that enough people are willing to spend money on products they have not seen. Since the first game is not even delivered yet, people are actually willing to donate twice to the same company based on pure faith. Considerable amounts of money at that.

How does this compare from a moral point of view to F2P games, where the player at least invests in something he has in his hands and enjoys at the moment? Or to the traditional AAA model where the player at least can wait for reviews or play a demo - so get some kind of idea before buying the box for 40 quid?

Does this not show that there are all kinds of people out there happy to pay for all forms of entertainment - often purely based on a brand or IP or the name of a developer?

Posted:A year ago


Nick Parker

264 124 0.5
I'd be interested to see who made the pledges? Gamers or industry folk? How many gamers know Brian Fargo? Kickstarter success relies, like any investment vehicle, on the strength of the investee management and their track record. Brian has a great team but I wonder how many of the Kickstarter investors knew that? What makes a Kickstarter proposal really resonate and to whom?

Posted:A year ago


Krzysztof Nizielski
Junior QA Project Lead

30 35 1.2
Do I detect a hint of jealousy?
People remember how great Planescape Torment was and want more of the same. Ever since it was released gamers wanted a sequel and the more time passed, the more legendary the original game become. It is regarded among many to be one of the best RPGs ever created. It is no surprise that they are willing to take a leap of faith and back a project that promises them a sequel.

The problem of 'will it actually deliver and meet people's expectations?' is entirely different question.

Posted:A year ago


Andreas Gschwari
Senior Games Designer

542 528 1.0
@Nick: judging by the early comments, i would say gamers (which obviously could also be industry folk to a degree).

@Krysztof: No jealousy from me. I backed Wasteland 2 on day 1 and of course i would love to see them succeed. I am just a bit cagey about backing a second project when i have not seen what the first finished product. There might be some big industry names in the studio (a few of which have not released anything recently) but they are still a new studio as a team. If this was traditionally funded, i'd doubt they would get funding for a second project so far out from releasing their first.

Posted:A year ago


Tom Pickard
Lead Environment Artist - Campaign Map

308 382 1.2
@Nick - Well I have two non industry friends back from my highschool days who I told about kickstarter recently, they are what I'd call somthing like part time gamers now.. i.e life has got busy so gaming is a hobby they can go without. Both of them have pledged more money to more projects than myself so far and are very happy to spend money on projects that interest them where mainstream gaming is letting them down.. I'll ask them tonight about torment cause I know one of them is a massive fan so will have backed or once I ask him will back it.

I think kickstarter has massive appeal to people who loved games but now have to be choosy about their gaming. It also is a feeling of empowerment to some, also seeing the long term development happening excites them more than it would me as I work daily through the grind development can be.. Also they're sold a game based on a vision not based on what marketing decides will sell a game.. It's an interesting chatting to friends who are backing simillar projects to myself, finding out that you have totally different viewpoints on why you chose to back a certain project over another..

Like for me, one i really wish I'd backed that was totally not game related, was the LED light bulb you can control from your smart phone. I saw it late and decided to wait and see despite having thought about this sort of product myself when in uni, when I got a lamp that changed colours... Another friend backed the Occulus Rift for curiosity.. It's quite fascinating why people do back projects whilst good projects slide into obscurity.

Posted:A year ago


David Radd
Senior Editor

360 77 0.2
I think the success of this campaign is a product of a few factors:

One, and most important, people really like this idea. There is a strong cult following of Planescape: Torment and demand for a sequel for well over a decade. Offering what amounts to a spiritual successor got plenty of people interested right off the bat.

Two, familiarity with the developers. While Wasteland 2 isn't out, I think people are excited over what they've seen and heard about that project. It's made people eager to see what next they have in mind and there might even be people who wanted to get in on the Wasteland 2 Kickstarter but found out too late, instead investing in this.

Three, the pitch itself. It's among the slickest and most organized I've seen, from the investment tiers to the language support. inXlie knew exactly who it was targeting and laid out who is working on it for what reasons, while providing a few pre-production details they had already sussed out.

Posted:A year ago


James Berg
Games User Researcher

122 107 0.9
PS:T is my favourite game of all time, and backing this was a complete no-brainer. I think a lot of the Day1 support for this stems from *who* is making the game - it's a lot of the old PS:T crew, including some serious RPG designers. The fact it's based in a world designed by Monte Cook doesn't hurt one bit either :)

Could the game be a complete and utter technical flop? Absolutely. I bought BG:EE on pre-order, and wasn't terribly impressed with the 'enhancements' they made, but I don't regret giving them money for making the attempt, and I'll certainly be getting BG2:EE.

Posted:A year ago


Lewis Mills
Creative Partner

18 0 0.0
Love to see a new Torment game, but a Kickstarter project can have its drawbacks

Posted:A year ago


Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

1,993 902 0.5
As I predicted, but 13 days faster. Yikes. Well, Planescape was more than memorable and this should be quite well received. I just HOPE it gets more love from the folks who didn't add a dime to the pool but may want to try it out and see what the fuss is about...

Posted:A year ago


Steven Hodgson

77 111 1.4
I love Planescape: Torment, looking forward to this

Posted:A year ago


Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

968 1,162 1.2
@ David I would agree with all of those, and add a fourth:

Choice of platform. Success on Kickstarter is heavily based on how underserved and wealthy the platform you are targeting is. Android and PC games are far and away the most successful, with iOS and console games doing much poorer.

Posted:A year ago


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