Patience is a virtue, good things come to those who wait, haste makes waste, and inXile has pushed Torment: Tides of Numenera‘s launch into 2017 but it’s okay because of the stuff at the start of the sentence. Writing is, like, one percent spelling and apostrophes and whatever, and 99 percent persuasion. You’re feeling optimistic about this. You’re even kind of relieved because you’ve got that supermassive backlog to work through during the holidays, anyway. And you’re getting sleepy now. Sleeeeepy. Sleeeeeeeeeeeeeepy. When I snap my fingers, you’re a washing machine.
The problem, inXile boss Brian Fargo explained in an update over on Kickstarter, is the game’s localisation and translation process.
“Torment has also grown to around 1 million words – bigger than the Bible – and we feel that getting a good quality translation of such a deep narrative experience is very important for a large percentage of our players. Therefore, we will be turning to professional localisation services to achieve the best experience possible. With the game content complete, we have already begun locking down our text and breaking it into batches for localization, so progress is already being made,” he said.
“All said and done, our combined iteration and localisation efforts are looking to be a 6-month process. So, we have two paths open to us, a bit of choice and consequence, if you will. Those of you who have been following our updates know we have been hinting towards a late 2016 release, and we could crunch and rush to get the game out around November. But doing so would mean both sacrificing the quality of our localisation and would lead to a less polished game for the nearly 100,000 people total who have backed the game. Therefore, in the interests of giving everyone the best experience, we will be releasing Torment in early Q1 2017.”
In the meantime, though, the Torment beta is now available to all Kickstarter backers, and includes the first act of the game. More info through the link up top.
SNAP! YOU’RE A WASHING MACHINE! SWIRL! SWIRL FOR ME! YOU THOUGHT I’D FORGOTTEN ABOUT IT! AND NOW YOU’RE A WASHING MACHINE FOREVER! SWIIIIIRL!