Who You Are?
You play the game as the Last Castoff, a shell created by the Changing God in which to house his consciousness. This means that you will play a predefined character. Because the Changing God has been fluid in his choices of gender, race, and even humanity through his life, you'll choose between a male and female body at the start of the game. This is an expansive choice, rather than a limiting one. It will have an impact on the reactivity of the game, and it will open new potential stories for you. It won't affect your statistics, your abilities, your core gameplay, or other factors.
Your other choices your type, descriptor, and focus--will settle into place over the course of the game as you take your steps down the path you wish to follow. That is, you customize your character during gameplay, inhabiting the choices you make.
The Tides of Numenera Certain scholars of the Ninth World have studied the pull of forces they call "The Tides"; unseen powers that have profound and lasting effects for those attuned to their motions. Like gravity or magnetism, the Tides are invisible, powerful, and, with the right tools, perhaps even controllable.
Those who manipulate them can have a strong influence on society, the numenera, and the mysterious creatures of the world. Does everyone know of the Tides? Not at all. In fact, knowledge of the Tides is generally limited to a select few. The understanding of these forces is incomplete and difficult to grasp; the Tides represent concepts that are not entirely definable by language. Those who acknowledge them have given them symbolic colors based on how they appear to correspond with emotional and psychological reactions. The colors are important because a word like "justice" (for example) is too simplistic. The Indigo Tide represents justice and fairness, but it might also mean a desire for the greater good or an "end justifies the means" mentality. The Gold Tide can represent false philanthropy as well as martyrdom. It's the actions that matter, not the motivations.
In the game, the Tides serve as a kind of alignment system; but a more nuanced system, and one that does not judge actions based on whether they're good or evil. You'll learn more about the Tides as you explore Torment. And the Tides will gradually change based on your actions and decisions, ultimately determining your Legacy.
Windows, Mac OSX, Linux
Publisher / Developer:
Techland / inXile Entertainment
Official release date:
February 28, 2017
English, German, French, Spanish, Russian, Polish
PEGI Rating: 16+ (with Violence, Online gameplay)