Torment news, on our NMA? Yes indeed, because inXile CEO Brian Fargo reveals in an RPS interview that the setting they landed on is Monte Cook's Numenera, a setting set a billion years in the future, after many civilizations rose and fell, it's set on an unrecognizable earth in its 9th era. Civilization has regressed to a medieval level, many worshiping old technology, some gaining mastery of it. It is post-apocalyptic in the genre of Walter M. Miller's A Canticle for Liebowitz, which in turn had a big influence on Fallout, but with more advanced technologies pre-apocalypse so there's a lot of very high-tech remnants, and weird remainders like continents being reshaped, floating cities, whatever you can imagine. Advanced science is indistinguishable from magic, etc.<blockquote>RPS – What are the stand-out aspects of Numenera for you, in terms of suiting your dev plans? How much is about the setting and how much the roleplaying mechanics? Fargo: A Torment game requires big ideas and a truly exotic setting in order to explore the underlying thematic elements. Colin described it best when he said “Torment’s themes are essentially metaphysical, getting to the heart of what it means to be alive and conscious, and it’s easier to ask those questions in a setting that is far removed from the familiar.” Numenera is such a setting, and it has tremendous potential to cultivate those ideas. We won’t have faeries or devils, but we’ll have diabolical creatures from far dimensions with schemes beyond human imagination. We won’t have gods, but we’ll have creatures who have lived for millennia with the powers of creation and destruction at their fingertips, with abilities honed over countless lifetimes. We won’t have other planes per se, but we’ll have pathways to hostile worlds and bizarre landscapes and ancient machines that catapult the players into places where the ordinary laws of nature no longer apply. In terms of role-playing mechanics, we won’t be attempting to literally translate the Numenera tabletop system into electronic form. However, its gameplay mechanics are very solid and include several components that will lend themselves to great (and innovative) cRPG gameplay. It’s great to have the Numenera rules as a starting point and to be working with Monte to adapt them for a cRPG. RPS – Given no Planescape and presumably none of the PST characters, what makes a Torment game a Torment game to your mind? Fargo: We know it hasn’t been done often in the game industry, but we’re envisioning Torment as a thematic franchise with certain themes that can expand over different settings and stories. We will focus on the same things that made people appreciate PST so much: overturning RPG tropes; a fantastic, unconventional setting; memorable companions; deep thematic exploration of the human condition; heavy reactivity (i.e., choice and consequences); an intensely personal (rather than epic) story.</blockquote>Let us know if you're interested in NMA following this game closely or distantly.