Torment: Tides of Numenera Kickstarter Update #9, $2,852,091 and Counting

Chris Avellone being the $3.5 million stretch goal for Torment: Tides of Numenera is undoubtedly the biggest news in its latest update, although it has to be said that his contributions will be limited to providing feedback and writing one companion even if he ends up joining the project. Here's a snip:
Our $3.5M Stretch Goal will add Chris Avellone to our team. You've probably heard of him, as he was the lead designer for Planescapeâ„¢: Torment, the game that inspired us to create this project. Chris will be the first to say PS:T was a team effort, but he was its creative visionary and wrote the lion's share of the game. He later cofounded Obsidian Entertainment, where he is the Creative Director. Chris was the lead designer for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2, and has contributed his design expertise to every project Obsidian has developed. He also worked with inXile on Wasteland 2 last year, including designing the area showcased in our gameplay first look video.

Of course, from the start, we hoped Chris could contribute to Torment as well. But as recently as a couple weeks ago (16 days to be precise), we didn't know whether Torment would even fund. And besides, Chris's commitment to Project Eternity made it unclear whether he'd have the time. Given his key role in Planescapeâ„¢: Torment, and the respect he has earned from the game's fans, we didn't want to even hint that Chris might be involved unless we were certain it would be possible. Our unexpectedly strong start because of you made it an option we could explore. So explore we did. We've been able to work out the scheduling matters so that Chris can contribute to Torment without impacting Project Eternity.

At $3.5M, Chris will be joining our design team. He'll have two primary roles. First, he will be reviewing and providing feedback on all creative elements of the game, including the story, characters, and areas. His input will be invaluable as a resource to Colin in further detailing the creative vision for the game. Second, he'll be designing and writing an eighth companion for the game, working with Colin and Monte to craft a companion ideal for both Torment and the Ninth World of Numenera.

We are truly excited at the possibility that Chris could collaborate with us on Torment.