StoryEditThe Longest Journey gets a sequel.
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:
- Zoe Castillo, a Dreamer
- Kian Alvane, an Apostle
- Mira, a shady networker
- Wit, a technological savant
- Falk Friedman, a corporate jaeger
- Likho, a Dolmari Rebel
- Madame Nyx, madam of a Dream Den
The game-play will be very much like Dreamfall's, but with a revamped combat system and a replacement for the focus field. Ragnar has expressed a desire to see the game released on a range of platforms, including Mac, XBL, PSN and the Wii Store if feasible, but since the formation of Red Thread only PC and Mac have been confirmed. 
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 prototypeKickstarter., 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.
- Ragnar Tornquist - creator, designer & writer
- Dag Scheve - writer
- Christer Sveen - art director
- Martin Bruusgard - lead designer
- Kjetil Hjeldnes - technical director
- Eigil Jarl Halse - technical director
- Sigbjorn Galaen - artist
- Rakel Johnsen - producer
- Quintin Pan - programmer
- Audun Tornquist - programmer
- 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 - DFC as third of three or third of four games
- ↑ Ragnar's blog - possible DFC content
- ↑ Ragnar's blog - "two and a half falsehoods"
- ↑ interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun - PC and Mac release
- ↑ Two female protagonists
- ↑ Twitter 2/3 protagonists we already know
- ↑ 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