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Torment Tides of Numenera: first gameplay screen revealed

Monday, 1 April 2013 11:37 GMT By Dave Cook

Torment: Tides of Numenera has received its first work-in-progress gameplay screen, and developer inXile Entertainment has sent it across to VG247 for you all to check out.

The image is from an area called the Bloom, and InXile told us it was created using 2D pre-rendered background techniques. The Bloom itself is a sentient location which has the ability to reach across multiple realities using its living tendrils.

It’s a maze-like environment that hides many dangers, and has the power to transport adventurers away to other worlds in an instant. Traders who explore other realities and dimensions use the Bloom as a trading hub, where they exchange items from different worlds.

You may also remember the Bloom from this rather neat piece of concept art.

What do you think so far?

Meanwhile you can check out my interview with inXile’s Brian Fargo about adding Obsidian developer Chris Avellone to the Torment Kickstarter stretch goals, and my first interview with project director Kevin Saunders and creative lead Colin McComb on the game’s plot, gameplay, moral tides and more.

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20 Comments

  1. YoungZer0

    I think I was hoping for something more ‘modern’, I guess.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    Like DMC reboot with emo characters? Ahahaha.

    Looks fantastic as it should be. 2d oldschool RPG look.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. YoungZer0

    No, I was wishing for DX11 with Tessellation, Multithreaded rendering, Input Assembler, Vertex Shader, Hull Shader, Domain Shader, Geometry Shader, Stream Output, Rasterizer, Pixel Shader, Output Merger and Compute shaders with a 2048×1536 resolution.

    And in RGB.

    I was hoping it would look like the last take on X-Com, at least have some 3D elements and look less like an outdated RPG. Right now all I do is trying to figure out what I’m looking at. The lighting doesn’t look too good either.

    Just doesn’t look nearly as good as the artwork.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. redwood

    ^ I am sure you were looking for a tech-demo than a game..

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Tavarish

    @3 Nice to see that people still have wild imagination and laughable expectations about software, game, that has seen first passes from art to renders and is still ~2 years away.

    Do we see Dx11? Maybe, maybe not. Are we really far away from final product and final look of game? Yes.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. heroes159

    i was wondering Dave, where did u go last few days. site didn’t update for like 2 days

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Tavarish

    @6 What there has been to update? Easter kinda puts whole western world to vacation for couple days.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. PC_PlayBoy

    WTF man, this is a 600×337 SD image… Waits until VG247 get back to the fucking 21st century to view HD version.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. DarkElfa

    April fools?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Digital Bamboo

    @8 Where did they go? Does Easter in the UK entail some sort of time travel that I’m not aware of?

    #10 2 years ago
  11. dabus

    Better resolution version:

    http://i.imgur.com/y6svx0S.jpg

    #11 2 years ago
  12. zinc

    This would look so much better on the PS4.

    :-D

    #12 2 years ago
  13. hives

    It’s running on Unity engine. It’s the best engine for oldschool RPG games. Yup, it won’t look better, it won’t be “modern”, but if you expected “modern”, then well… These games aren’t for you :P (I mean, all of them, Project Eternity etc).

    #13 2 years ago
  14. deathgaze

    Doesn’t sound anything like Sigil.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. YoungZer0

    @4, 5: I’m guessing you two don’t spend much time on VG247? Because that was a joke only community members would understand.

    @11: Still doesn’t look too good.

    The problem I have with the shot is not that it’s not high end graphics, but that the style is too plain, the colors too washed out, the lighting is missing that extra something and there are no real highlights. It doesn’t really pop out.

    The biggest problem however is the perspective. How does the structure even work?

    Some things seems to be up yet a few feet further the structure seems to go down. Presumably you walk out of the blue cave and are already on the over-sized steps to the altar. A little bit to the left of the cave is a rather dark spot and it looks like you would fall down if you step on it.

    I already had the same problem with the original artwork of that area. The perspective seemed odd and the walkways unpassable.

    That’s why I was hoping it would be in 3D, allowing at least 4 different perspectives. Like X-Com. A 3D surface has to work and it wouldn’t look as odd as it does here.

    If they want to stick to 2D, they need to fix it up and maybe add a few details and highlights.

    Here’s a rough 2 min. work of making the image pop a little bit:

    http://www.imagebanana.com/view/o69fzdqn/Unbenannt1.jpg

    It might not what they intended for the art-direction, but I think it’s … well, more interesting to look at.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. UuBuU

    2D graphics, when done right, beat 3D graphics for an isometric game easily. Just look at how pretty Project Eternity will be.

    Something does seem a bit off with this screenshot though. Maybe just the art style.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. GwynbleiddiuM

    If you think 2D graphics wont satisfy you, then you probably lost a lot on gaming. Even in recent history games like FTL, Hotline, Mark of the Ninja, etc brought back some of the mojo that was lost in the shadow of triple A nonsense. Games like Divine Divinity and Beyond Divinity were 2 of my best RPG experiences in the last decade. Am I looking forward to this? Absolutely and as long as it plays nice and have a good story I’m fine with how the game looks.

    And, the structure will work the same way Diablo, Diablo 2, Diablo 3, Divine and Beyond Divinity, Baldur’s Game 1 and 2, Icewind Dale games, Temple of Elemental Evil, Planescape: Torment and various other titles did. It’s an isometric RPG, works as intended.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. YoungZer0

    Putting words into my mouth, just so you can share your opinion about stuff no one asked about?

    Cool!

    I never said 2D graphics suck. Neither did I say that 3D is superior. FTL looks like utter shit. Probably would’ve looked like shit in 3D too.

    Hotline looks fantastic. Mark of the Ninja does too. But Mark of the Ninja has high res handdrawn 2D animations and Hotline Miami has a fantastic retro pixel style.

    I just expected it to look better. If I am not mistaken the new Shadowrun is 2D too but with 3D characters and the game looks amazing and much better than what we have here!

    I don’t see the point of rendering everything in 2D if you mess up the perspective. I don’t see the point of rendering a character in 3D and then extract all those animations in 2D, just so you can have 2D sprites.

    It has to be done with 2D in mind and make full use of the format.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Dave Cook

    @6 Easter holidays dude, four day weekend :) we’re all back today.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. heroes159

    @ 20 oh.. i didn’t know about that. in my country(Sri Lanka) we don’t have Easter :D Hope you guys enjoyed the holidays :) & good to see you all are back :)

    #20 2 years ago

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  • Bloodborne Forbidden Woods progression bug caused by multiplayer summon

    A progression bug in Bloodborne is in the works, according to Sony and From Software. The issue occurs when players activate a multiplayer session in the Forbidden Woods using the Sinister Resonant Bell or Small Resonant Bell. It also appears the Lunarium Key won’t appear because of the multiplayer bug, and without the key you […]

  • Yo-Kai Watch game franchise has sold over 7 million copies

    The Yo-Kai Watch IP has sold over 7 million copies, according to developer Level-5. The figure included both physical and digital download sales. Yo-Kai Watch 3 will be unveiled during Level-5 Vision 2015 next month. The first title is in the works for the west but is still without a release window. Thanks, Gematsu.

  • Bloodborne trademark returned to Sony after accidentally losing it

    In case you were worried or anything, Sony has once again obtained the Bloodborne trademark. Earlier this week it was revealed that Sony mistakenly abandoned the Bloodborne trademark along with four others registered with US Patent and Trademark Office: Guns Up!, Kill Strain; How Games Were Made to Sound, and No Heroes Allows: No Puzzles […]

  • GTA 5 PC official trailer coming next week, 15 new screenshots released

    New PC screenshots of GTA 5 have been released along with word of a new trailer coming on Monday. The screens below are from the PC version and you can view them in 4K glory over on Rockstar Newswire. The PC version of GTA 5 releases on April 14.

  • PSN real-time server status page launching in Europe soon

    PlayStation users in Europe will soon have its own a PSN Service Status Indicator. It was released earlier this month in North America. The indicator makes it easier to check whether PlayStation services are down or running as planned. This includes account management, PlayStation Now, the store, social services, etc. Sony told Eurogamer the service […]

  • Exclusivity contract prevents Bioware from revealing Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC release on PS4

    Bioware is unable to discuss when the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition will arrive on platforms other than PC and Xbox One. According to various tweets from executive producer Mark Darrah, due to the exclusivity contract between EA and Microsoft, the studio is unable to announce a release date for PlayStation 3 […]

  • LEGO Batman 3 demo, Namco Museum, more added to North American eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo for LEGO Batman 3, Namco Museum on Wii U Virtual Console, and various sales. Below is the full update. Nintendo eShop Dot Arcade – Wii U LEGO Ninjago – 3Ds LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo – Wii U Harvest Moon: The […]

  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.