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Torment: Tides of Numenera
Developer: inXile Entertainment
Publisher: inXile Entertainment
Release Date: TBA 2015
Justin says: While initially slated for a 2014 release, due to the overwhelming crowd-funding support Torment: Tides of Numenera has been pushed back "several months" in order to fulfill all the stretch goals. Much like how Pillars of Eternity aims to be a successor to the Baldur's Gate series, Torment: Tides of Numenera will serve likewise for Planescape: Torment. The developers are focusing on providing a rich setting with complex characters and dialog being just as much a driving force to the narrative as the combat. The alignment system also sounds intriguing, instead of generic moral blocks it's instead based around grouped emotions and motivations. The next 12 and "several" months is shaping up to be really excellent for RPG fans.
Genre: Turn-based Strategy
Developer: Supergiant Games
Platform: PC, PS4
Release Date: TBA 2014
Paul Says: This sci-fi themed title from the creators of Bastion took everyone by surprise when they launched a reveal trailer way back last March, telling the story of Red, a singer in the city of Cloudbank who is being tracked by countless robots. Her only means of survival is a strange talking sword. Instead of a button mashing action RPG, however, Transistor features strategic and turn-based gameplay, letting players plan out their actions and try out new combos and attacks.
Valiant Hearts: The Great War
Genre: Puzzle Adventure
Developer: Ubisoft Montpelier
Platform: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Release Date: Unknown 2014
Jon says: From presentation to execution, this may end up being one of the quirkiest, most fantastic games of 2014. It is, in theory, a puzzle adventure game revolving around the story of four strangers during World War I who try to help a young german soldier find his lost love. The hook is that it involves jumping from character to character keeping them alive amid one of the most brutal wars that region ever saw, all the while building towards their eventual actions that bring the plot to a heartwarming close. It's a work in the tradition, of, say, Jean-Pierre Jeunet's A Very Long Engagement and builds on that quirky style. It looks poignant and wrenching. It looks like Ubisoft Montpelier is going to deliver a beautiful and fascinating story about the very terrible, real, and human costs of war. The single released trailer says it all quite well.