Dreamfall sequel begins Kickstarter chapter

The lastest turn in The Longest Journey leads through Kickstarter, as Ragnar Tørnquist's new studio Red Thread Games has just launched a crowdfunding campaign for the upcoming Dreamfall Chapters.

Although originally announced back in 2007 as an episodic series continuation, the long-awaited Dreamfall Chapters now promises to "continue and conclude" the saga of "the Dreamer", Zoë Castillo. In returning players to familiar names and places while "introducing new sights and sounds, new faces, new game mechanics, new thrills and challenges", the sequel promises to take players "from a dystopian cyberpunk future, through the mysterious and dreamlike Storytime, to the magical landscapes of Arcadia."

Like its predecessor, Dreamfall Chapters will cast players in three playable roles, including Zoë, as you "explore a beautiful, rich, detailed, interactive and living world that mixes a cyberpunk vision of the future with magical fantasy, along with a broken and decaying dreamworld." These 3D worlds will be navigated through a "combination of point-and-click and direct control" interface, offering both the "deep and complex storyline" that we've come to expect from the series, along with "engaging puzzle gameplay designed for fans of adventure games."

Unlike the earlier Longest Journey games, which were both developed and financed by Funcom, Dreamfall Chapters is being independently funded – and now, publicly funded. Having already put much of their own money into the project, along with a grant from the Norwegian Film Institute, Red Thread Games is now seeking $850,000 by March 10th on Kickstarter in order to release the game by November 2014.

Pledge rewards that include a DRM-free digital download of Dreamfall Chapters upon completion begin at $20 (limited time only), while higher tiers include the likes of digital and printed artbooks, graphic novel, boxed Collector's Edition of the game, and even more for the big spenders. To learn more about the game, view the lengthy fundraising video, and contribute to the campaign, visit the Kickstarter page for full details.



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Game Info

Dreamfall Chapters

Platform: Mac, PC, Linux

Genre: Fantasy

Developer: Red Thread Games

Dreamfall sequel now in development at Ragnar Tørnquist's independent studio.

Releases
Territory Date Publisher
Worldwide 2015 Funcom

Comments

skittles
Feb 9, 2013

Not meant to be an attack. But that seems a bizarre excuse. The people involved were tied down at Funcom and it was Funcom’s strategy to do TSW. Funcom has had a strategy tied to MMOs since well before Dreamfall, indeed it was amazing to me that Dreamfall was made at all. Now that the people involved have broken away and formed their own company for the express purpose of making the game they want to and most fans of the series want, you want to opt out for reasons they had no control over? Yes Ragnar could of left the company back before TSW to do exactly what he is doing now. But where would he have gotten funding to do so ? He can only do so now because KS exists, which it certainly didn’t do so back then.

charmed23
Feb 9, 2013

@ohyesIdid “should’ve been out 4 years ago” ???? they don’t owe us anything to release games when you desire!

Lol dude Dreamfall FAILED to sell so of course for Funcom to keep a living they had to change directions and went for a more potentially lucrative genres. It was just very unfortunate that that did not pay off either.

But anyhow Ragnar finally finished the TSW project (which was in pre-production way before Dreamfall anyway), and only then did he have time to come back to the TLJ series.

I think it’s great for the genre now that established franchises are asking fans to kickstar their projects (Double Fine, Broken Sword, TLJ and possible Syberia). Hence IMHO we should all contribute to at least maintain the vibrant re-emergence of Adventure games.

VoodooFX VoodooFX
Feb 9, 2013

Backed this up as soon as I heard the news.
It was really “a no-brainer” for me.

Really hope they succeed.

cbman
Feb 9, 2013

“Not meant to be an attack. But that seems a bizarre excuse.”

Why does he need an ‘excuse’ not to back it? Just as he wasn’t entitled to a game four years ago, they are not entitled to his money now.

Niclas Niclas
Feb 10, 2013

Cool stuff. Just backed it!

ElfHybrid
Feb 10, 2013

I backed this up as soon as I could. Considered going crazy and taking a loan to do the 5k one, but a sensible mom doesn’t do that, I guess. Loved TLJ, adored DF, anxiously awaiting the sagas end.

I find the first comment a bit odd, after all, he was tied down with funcom and TSW, but if you don’t wanna back, don’t. *shrug*

VoodooFX VoodooFX
Feb 10, 2013

ElfHybrid: man I so understand you, while I was aiming for 500$, I know I wouldn’t be able to pull it off - might have been, if they waited with Kickstarter another month or two, like I was hoping.
I still have find a way to somehow tell my girlfriend I’ll be giving 350$ out for a game, a SINGLE game.

Yeah, I’m so dead Smile

skittles
Feb 10, 2013

@cbman, poor choice of words. I meant reason.

ElfHybrid
Feb 12, 2013

VoodooFX: Best of luck! Husband said no to backing it with 5k, buuuut then again we’re going to a concert in Helsinki, lol..



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