Avellone “very tempted” by D&D-free Planescape Kickstarter

Wednesday, 25th July 2012 07:15 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Legendary RPG designer Chris Avellone has some idea of where a crowd-funded follow up to Planescape: Torment, and it doesn’t involve sticking to the Dungeons & Dragons ruleset.

Speaking to GamesIndustry, the Obsidian creative director said he’s “very tempted” by the idea of a Kickstarter to fund a sequel to the 1999 Black Isle classic, but wouldn’t make a direct sequel.

“To be honest I don’t know if I’d want to do it as a Planescape game – I think a better approach would be to ignore the D&D mechanics and respect what Planescape was trying to do and what the game did and see if you can do what Fallout did when it became the spiritual successor to Wasteland,” he said.

“I think if you made a game using some of the concepts of Planescape, the metaphysical ideas and the plane travel, without using the D&D mechanics, you could actually come up with a much better game.”

Avellone said the D&D base “got in the way of the experience” sometimes and Black Isle had to discard quite a few of the gaming system’s mechanics.

“We had to ignore certain spells, change up the class mechanic so that you can switch at any time you like by remembering abilities. That was stuff that D&D didn’t allow for, it was to restraining in some respects,” he said.

“If we did do a spiritual successor, then I don’t know if we’d use the Planescape licence or attach the mechanics, perhaps something that has a different feel to Torment.”

Hit the link above for Avellone’s thoughts on Kickstarter, and on working with inXile on Wasteland 2.

Planescape: Torment is considered one of the highpoints of an era renowned for excellent CRPGs. It’s available through



  1. The_Red

    Don’t. Just don’t touch Planescape. I don’t give two shits about D&D but don’t, just don’t make a sequel to Planescape Torment. Let it be the standalone masterpiece that it is. Planescape Torment = One of the Gods.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Maximum Payne

    Well I would love some kind of HD remake.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Gheritt White

    Having never played it (wes a Mac/PS1 gamer at the time), I’d sell a kidney for a HD remake.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. absolutezero

    In all honesty it really does not need an HD update. At all.

    With a little tinkering and the right patches it can be played right now as if it was new. Theres a bunch of guides for this express purpose and most of them are available as link from GoG page for the game.

    Its not needed.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    there is no need for HD version at all. It is a good looking game even by today standards.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. YoungZer0

    @5: Well that’s … that’s unexpected. Never thought i’d be hearing this from you of all people.

    #6 2 years ago

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