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New trailer introduces the world of Torment: Tides of Numenera

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What would Earth look like in a billion years? According to Torment: Tides of Numenera, it's completely alien thanks to advanced technology that's indistinguishable from magic. 

For more stuff that's magic, check out our list of PC's best RPGs.

It's an interesting setup. That massive time jump gives developers InXile unlimited freedom to go crazy with the game's story and world, introducing this future Earth that's littered with technology left behind from ancient civilisations, most of it capable of creating sorcery from science.

The game promises to introduce players to people with "living tattoos, trans-dimensional alter-egos and even visitors from other universes", as you can see in the video above.

For the full lowdown on this weird and wonderful Planescape: Torment spiritual sequel, check out our feature on how odd it is.

You'll be able to talk and fight your way through its weird world when Torment: Tides of Numenera releases in the first quarter of 2017. 

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xfir01(1 day 7 hours played)
1 Year ago

No, you're right. Earth shouldn't be inhabitable. It's another mystery. There were 8 great civilizations each with technology beyond our understanding and at one point it was probably a cross roads of an interstellar civilization. It's speculated that one of these fallen empires managed to rejuvenate the sun and put off it's eventual death at least for a while.

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MrAptronym(5 hours played)
1 Year ago

I really enjoy the idea of a world that is so far removed from our own time. It's always mind boggling to try and grasp geologic time, and it hasn't been explored much in games. (Or other forms of media actually)

A bit of eschatology: In the real world, a billion years from now is when we expect the sun's increasing luminance should start up a runaway greenhouse effect that will result in the loss of earth's oceans and eventually halt plate tectonics. Due to this and other atmospheric effects (possible declining CO2 crippling plants) 1-1.2 billion years from now should be about the end of earth's habitability for complex life. But hey, maybe we're wrong, and a billion years is a long time for things to change :P Or maybe my personal understanding is incomplete.