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Torment: Tides of Numenera Combat Voting

The Kickstarter for Torment: Tides of Numenera sees inXile entertainment soliciting backers to vote on how combat will be handled in their upcoming role-playing game (thanks nin via Polygon). Here's the handy summary:

TL;DR: Weigh in on Turn-Based vs. Real-Time with Pause (or declare your indifference). Voting will close in December.

Over the last couple weeks, weve been reading all of your commentary and ideas regarding combat. Many good points and suggestions, and mostly civil discourse. Thanks to all who have engaged in the discussion so far!

And now... It is time! Only backers can place a vote. (If you havent already and youd like your voice heard, please register with us to gain access to the backer-only UserVoice forum.) Feel free to also continue to submit comments and ideas to the combat discussion forum. Please remember that this vote is advisory only. Above all, please remember that our goal is to provide the best possible experience for the game, and if the final decision is not your preferred choice, we ask you trust our ability to deliver a solid game.

For more context about what this is about, please see Update 24, where we describe what Turn-Based and Real-Time with Pause might each mean for Torment. Well close the voting in December.

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54. Re: Torment: Tides of Numenera Combat Voting Nov 23, 2013, 02:25 saluk
 
I voted that I am indifferent. Each system has it's positives and negatives, it's clear from the vote that this is a very evenly divided issue Whichever they choose, I'm sure they will balance it and fit it into the rest of the game so it works as well as possible.

In the abstract, I tend to prefer real-time when controlling one unit, and turn-based when controlling a party. So NVN was just fine, you had your henchmen, but you could focus completely on your own character. The new fallouts improved on the original's combat for me - it always felt a lot slower than it should, especially when on my own, waiting for all of the enemies to take their turns. Baldur's gate just gets hectic for me. I don't really like most RTS for the same reason.

But in the particular, for Torment, it's not really about the combat so much. I think the original game was weakened a bit by being shoehorned into the baldur's gate combat engine. It needs to feel exciting and important, but I also expect to be able to avoid a lot of the combat and not be slogging through 100's of tedious dungeons filled with trolls. RTwP or turn-based will be OK.

I kind of think this is why in this case the designers felt they needed to reach out about it.
 
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