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Dreamfall Chapters set to turn the page under new developer

Ragnar Tørnquist's Dreamfall Chapters was first announced in 2007, and finally in 2012 it's ready to begin pre-production... Yep, that's just about right for a new Longest Journey schedule!

We waited seven years for Dreamfall, so what's another five for the first concrete word of the next installment? Somewhat surprisingly, the big news is that the game has now changed developer hands. Instead of being made in-house by Funcom, production of the game will be handled by Red Thread Games, a new studio founded by Tørnquist.

According to today's press release, Funcom continues to own the intellectual property rights to the Longest Journey universe, which have have been licensed to Red Thread Games to "independently fund and produce the sequel to Dreamfall". As Tørnquist revealed on his Twitter account, part of the pre-production funding ($175,000) will come from the Norwegian Film Institute.

There are still no firm story, gameplay, or release date details available at this point, but the game will be a single-player adventure for PC and Mac, and with Dreamfall Chapters now back firmly on the radar, we'll be keeping a close eye on its development in the coming months.

Community Comments

Latest comments (15 total)

completely. totally. ecstatic.  Grin

Nov 14, 2012

[TechSmurfy said: Hopefully it will not be released “in chapters”.]

my thoughts (fears) exactly

Nov 13, 2012

amazing news, really interested if he manages that Dreamfall cliffhanger but he’s proven to be such an exceptional game-storyteller that it will hardly be a fail. this is really quite a renaissance era of great adventures - Broken Sword, this even better, the very best news, of course, seems to be Jane Jensen’s revival but this is very close.

Nov 5, 2012

Great news! I hope we don’t have to wait another 6 years for the game to finish Smile. I don’t really care what the graphics look like. Adventure games are all about the story anyway so the graphics come second.

Nov 3, 2012

I honestly would prefer the graphics of Dreamfall to the 2.5D look of the Longest Journey (still going strong with games like Cognition).  I enjoyed TLJ quite a bit, in certain ways more than Dreamfall, but the visuals in Dreamfall were so rich that I felt they added substantially to the element of immersion and the weaknesses were not related to graphics IMO.  Of course, if 2.5D is more economical for their budget, I would understand and respect that.

Nov 2, 2012

Hopefully it will not be released “in chapters”.

Nov 2, 2012

I couldn’t be happier with this news!!

Nov 1, 2012

heaven just came crashing onto us. IM NOT READY FOR THIS NEWS!

Nov 1, 2012

This is good news!
there is an interview about dreamfall chapters with Ragnar in RPT
http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/11/01/keep-the-faith-tornquist-talks-dreamfall-chapters/

Nov 1, 2012

tears. tears. FREAKING TEARS. AHHHHHH

Nov 1, 2012

I really hope they go with a 2D model. The painted concept image I saw looked outstanding, and if it’s representative to what the backgrounds are gonna look like, then I’m confident this game is a classic in the making.

Nov 1, 2012

Very good news! They need to get it rolling! One of my favourite series ever! Dreamfall was pretty good, minus the weird and clumsy action/stealth sequences. If they want to include that kind of gameplay in the next game it definitely needs to be more fluid.

Nov 1, 2012

Great news indeed.
I just hope the studio doesn’t crash and burn before they actually release any of the episodes, since that would most definitely mean the end of TLJ saga.

Nov 1, 2012

With Tørnquist at its head, at least there are big chances it will be a worthy and consistent sequel. All we can do now is wait, and hope.

Nov 1, 2012

This is awesome news!  (I hope it actually happens)

Nov 1, 2012
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