Torment: Tides of Numenera Beta Live for Backers

Backers at the right pledge levels will be able to download the Torment: Tides of Numenera beta and also the Torment comic book penned by Patrick Rothfuss (an extra reward that wasn't part of the tier during the Kickstarter) as of right now, a new update for the title's Kickstarter informs us. The update also contains information on three of the game's companion that will be present in the beta, Aligern, Callistege and Tybir. A snippet on the latter:


Tybir is a glad-handing and garrulous old mercenary, quick with a joke and an offer to buy the next round. He has stories to tell, having served as both soldier and gallowglass, and he's frequently the life of the party. He's always looking for fresh opportunities for profit, fame, and fun... not necessarily in that order.

Tybir wears the practical clothes of a soldier, but in garish colors a long leather coat, baggy pants, open shirt and belted equipment, all with a casual flair. He's handsome, and many have found him charming, but now that he's older, more dissipated, and thicker around the waist, his charm seems to be slipping away from him. He favors the simpler tools of a soldier in combat, but he's never far from using a dirty trick or insult to even the odds.

With the Last Castoff, Tybir is friendly, outgoing, and eager to please. This might have something to do with the imminent execution of Tybir's most recent associate...

I'm very interested to see the feedback on this first sizable slice of gameplay for the title. The IGN preview from yesterday looked impressive, aside from a few rough edges, but it was also very difficult to judge the quality of the writing, world-building and characterization from a relatively short presentation. Feel absolutely free to let us know what you thought of the game so far in the comments.