Dreamfall Chapters is the third game of The Longest Journey Saga and the second (and final) of the "Dreamer cycle". It is a direct sequel to Dreamfall. The first part of the game, Book One: Reborn, is scheduled for release on the 21st October 2014.
Ragnar has confirmed that the story will begin where Dreamfall ended as well as rewinding to show some Dreamfall events from a different perspective, and that the story will follow multiple characters, "both old and new, and there will be more overlapping paths and storylines".
The game will be divided into 13 chapters and 5 books. Each book has its own self-contained story arc with a beginning, middle and end.
Dreamfall Chapters will follow Zoë Castillo and Kian Alvane. At the beginning of the game, Zoë is still in the Storytime where she was at the end of Dreamfall, and is helping people to overcome their nightmares. She then wakes up from her year-long coma and moves to Europolis, where she gets involved in the upcoming election. She also takes up one of two possible career paths, chosen by the player. Meanwhile, Kian escapes from Friar's Keep, where he was imprisoned, with the help of Balsay Bachim, who wants him to participate in the Marcurian resistance movement.
According an entry in Ragnar's blog the game will feature all of the main characters of the TLJ "saga". He also hinted that April Ryan's storyline will develop, and he might even include events set at various parts of the timeline, between the events of The Longest Journey and Dreamfall, before, and after, although this may be referring to future games after Dreamfall Chapters.
A post on Ragnar's blog gave the following hint:
The following paragraph contains two and a half falsehoods. Make of that what you want: Zoë’s in it. And Crow. Gabriel gets his groove on. There will be puzzles. And an exciting story. You’ll find out more about the Azadi. A Dragon strips down to the ‘bare essentials’ (if you know what I mean). And you’ll learn the true identity of the Prophet.
The following characters are confirmed to be in DFC:
- Abnaxus, a Venar 
- Ben Bandu, a young Banda 
- Benrime Salmin, the owner of the Journeyman Inn 
- Blind Bob, a beggar from Dreamfall 
- Brian Westhouse, a former journalist and traveler 
- Commander Vamon, Azadi officer 
- Crow, a talking bird 
- Emma de Vrijer , a holosculptor and gallery owner 
- Enu, a Zhid rebel 
- Falk Friedman, a corporate jager 
- Likho, a Dolmari Rebel 
- Madame Nyx, madam of a Dream Den 
- Mira, a shady networker  
- The Mole, the leader of the criminal underground 
- Roper Klacks , an alchemist and merchant 
- Reza Temiz , an investigative journalist for The Hand That Bites
- Wit, a technological savant 
"Will find out more about":
- Cortez 
- Damien Cavanaugh 
- Gabriel Castillo 
- Helena Chang 
- Lady Alvane 
- The Prophet 
- The Twins 
The game-play will be very much like Dreamfall's, but with a revamped combat system and a replacement for the focus field. An early prototype of the gameplay was showed at Rezzed 2013 in a Developer Session. Ragnar expressed an early desire to see the game released on a range of platforms, including Mac, XBL, PSN and the Wii Store if feasible. As the first stretch goal of the Kickstarter was met, Dreamfall Chapter will be released on PC, Mac and Linux. There is also an "extremely good" chance that the game will be seen on PS4 and/or Xbox One and they are even looking at the Wii U.
Of the three playable characters, only Zoe and Kian have been confirmed. Ragnar has said, however, that the third character will be female but thus far unknown to us. The third character will likely not be revealed until the release of the game.
On the 1st of March, 2007 Funcom announced that they had received funding from the Norwegian Film Fund (who partly funded the production of Dreamfall) to partially finance research and initial development for the episodic Dreamfall Chapters, a continuation of DF's story. Funcom decided to use this money to investigate online-only delivery methods of episodic content, mostly in an attempt to circumvent illegal copying and distribution. While this initially proved quite controversial in the TLJ community, expectations gradually faded as production on Age of Conan began in earnest.
Erling Ellingson confirmed that, while AoC was in production, DF Chapters was on hold, but might be taken up again after its release. When AoC was released development of TSW ramped up to full speed, and fans knew DF Chapters would be delayed until at least after the launch of that. Ragnar estimated the development time for DF Chapters as approximately 18 months. After the launch of TSW in April 2012 rumours of a return to DF Chapters resurfaced every so often.
It was not until the 1st of November, 2012 that Funcom reported Ragnar had left to form Red Thread Games for the purpose of creating DF Chapters. Funcom retains the IP for the TLJ series, but Red Thread are licenced to create DF Chapters "and other titles in that universe as well". The Norwegian Film Fund have again provided seed funding to create a prototype, but the team also launched a Kickstarter to raise US$850,000 on the 8th of February, 2013. Ragnar stated that, while the budget for TLJ was ca. US$3million and DF US$5-6million, DFC will be somewhere over US$1million, with Red Thread members investing themselves. Red Thread have also partnered with Blink Studios, which was itself formed from TLJ and DF veterans.
Ragnar has said that fans will be kept up to date with production, not least because funding will come largely from Kickstarter where investors are regularly updated on progress. Further announcements were promised over late 2012, with work on the prototype beginning before a further reveal in early 2013. It is slated for release in November 2014.
On June 27th 2014, Ragnar wrote a message to backers explaining that the team had decided to return to the episodic structure that they had originally planned for the game, releasing each of the five books separately. Book One is intended for release on the 21st October 2014. Each book will be released when it is ready and will be available on GOG, Humble Store and Steam.
- Ragnar Tornquist - creator, designer & writer
- Dag Scheve - writer
- Martin Bruusgaard - lead designer
- Christer Sveen - art director
- Kjetil Hjeldnes - technical director
- Eigil Jarl Halse - technical director
- Sigbjorn Galaen - artist
- Rakel Johnsen - producer
- Quintin Pan - programmer
- Audun Tornquist - programmer
- Morten Nøst - programmer
- Hans Kristian Andersen - 3D character artist
- Eivind Andvig - 3D character animator
- Morgan Sandbæk - 3D artist, environment and props
- Rikke Fjeld Jansen - artist
- Christoffer Grav - Illustrator/Graphic Designer
- Ragnar's blog, mentioning possibilities for the game engine
- Ragnar's blog, with further clarifications
- Ragnar's blog, a question and answer post
- Ragnar's blog, with more information
- Interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun, on the formation of Red Thread Games
- Dreamfall Chapters Kickstarter which started on 8th February 2013
- ↑ Ragnar's blog - possible DFC content
- ↑ Ragnar's blog - "two and a half falsehoods"
- ↑ Kickstarter update #27 "Video update! New gameplay & a second character!"
- ↑ Kickstarter update #12 "The Loremaster achieved! Additional stretch goals revealed!"
- ↑ youtube "Dreamfall Chapters Kickstarter video update #1"
- ↑ Twitter Benrime will be back
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 twitch.tv/redthreadgames Dreamfall Live Playthrough
- ↑ Reddit AMA answer - Crow
- ↑ Kickstarter update #22 "Stretch goals, a bit of catching up"
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 youtube Rezzed 2013 Developer session
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 Kickstarter update #30 "Stretch goal update!"
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Rock Paper Shotgun - Mira and Wit revealed
- ↑ Reddit AMA answer - Cortez
- ↑ Reddit AMA answer - Damien
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 Reddit AMA answer - Helena and Gabriel
- ↑ Reddit AMA Answer - Lady Alvane
- ↑ Reddit AMA answer - Prophet
- ↑ Reddit AMA answer - Twins
- ↑ interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun - PC and Mac release
- ↑ eurogamer.net "We are preparing to go to consoles"
- ↑ Two female protagonists
- ↑ Twitter 2/3 protagonists we already know
- ↑ Reddit AMA answer - third character
- ↑ Funcom.com - first DFC announcement
- ↑ interview with Erling Ellingson - DFC on hold while AoC in production
- ↑ Ragnar's Formspring - DF Chapters development period
- ↑ Funcom.com - formation of Red Thread Games
- ↑ interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun - DFC "and other titles"
- ↑ interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun - funding from NFF and Kickstarter
- ↑ interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun - rough DFC budget
- ↑ Red Thread Games - Blink partnership
- ↑ interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun - production
- ↑ DFC Kickstarter - release date
- ↑ Kickstarter update #52