Skip to main content

Long read: The beauty and drama of video games and their clouds

"It's a little bit hard to work out without knowing the altitude of that dragon..."

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy.

Here's brand new footage of Torment: Tides of Numenera - running on Xbox One no less

How much Maw do you want?

It's Torment: Tides of Numenera running on console! Moreover, it's new areas of the game we haven't seen before. And look at the user interface: someone's had a makeover haven't they?

That character screen is much tidier, with a little animated flourish for good measure, and those character portraits are big and clear and easy to understand. The action box where you exert yourself when attempting a task has changed, and for the better, and there's a radial menu for console you can activate on PC too. Even the text window gives a little flash when it pops up now. Compare the two videos below - the new UI is so much nicer.

The new.Watch on YouTube
The old.Watch on YouTube

This is Torment: Tides of Numenera Xbox One footage we captured at Gamescom. We didn't play it, it was a hands-off demo, and this is condensed footage of it.

What are you seeing? An area immediately following on from the Early Access Torment: Tides of Numenera content. An area called the Valley of Dead Heroes, where I bet there's some amazing loot. Bit depressing that that's my first thought, grave digging, but this graveyard is millions of years old and countless civilisations have used it. Sounds like rich pickings to me!

You get to the Valley of Dead Heroes on an airship - one of the airships you probably remember from the Early Access Torment release.

Talking us through the video is Torment: Tides of Numenera creative lead Colin McComb, who runs marathons in his spare time, and Brian Fargo, who has nothing to do with that Coen brothers film or that TV series, but everything to do with a lot of good video games.

I previewed Torment: Tides of Numenera back in the cold beginnings of the year, and liked it, a lot. You'll need to lend it your imagination, but if you do, you're in for an unusual, cerebral treat. Torment: Tides of Numenera even packs a nifty surprise at the start, although don't read about it if, you know, you want to be surprised yourself. Incidentally, the duo from developer inXile mention in our Gamescom video that the opening Torment sequences have been revisited the text dialled back a bit. It should make for a smoother entry.

Torment: Tides of Numenera is due out Q1 2017 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.