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Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey Kickstarter closes at 180%

Monday, 11th March 2013 01:47 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Ragnar Tørnquist’s much anticipated new entry in a beloved adventure series has attracted over $1.5 million in crowdfunding.

The Kickstarter campaign for Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey has closed with $1,538,425 raised from 21,858 backers, an average pledge of over $70.

“Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. We are grateful and humbled, inspired by your support and belief in this project and in us. Now it’s our turn to deliver,” Tørnquist wrote.

“This is not just our game now. It’s yours, too. And we’re going to share it with you, the best we can. Oh, there will be mysteries because mysteries are still important. But we asked you to join us on this journey, and we’re staying true to our word. This is a journey we take together.

“Let’s celebrate the fact that Dreamfall Chapters is now a thing that will happen. It’s actually really, really real. And not only do we get to make a game; we get to make the Director’s Cut of this game. That makes me very, very happy.”

Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey is expected in November 2014, on Linux, Mac and PC.

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  1. TheWulf

    I couldn’t bring myself to fund it.

    I’m not being nasty, but the main problem is that it’s based off of Dreamfall and not The Longest Journey. I replayed both last week from start to finish. TLJ proved to still be a magical adventure, and I loved it all, especially the stuff with the maerum and aletian peoples. The game was almost parodical as well, and whilst it had its sad moments, it was largely a very light-hearted adventure.

    Then in Dreamfall? Everything is a downer. April has become a depressed, goth, emo lady, and the world just feels incredibly serious. It’s like Ragnar decided he wanted a “more mature vision” and such. And when people do that it’s usually as depressing as fuck. Everything about Dreamfall was a big depression trip. I despised it. The combat and the stealth didn’t help, either. But that the game obviously wanted me to be depressed and offered nothing in regards to the magic and discovery of the first game?

    I dunno.

    Plus I felt like Dreamfall just slaughtered the character of April Ryan for no good reason. Did it have to use April? I can’t ever see April just being that jaded… and then there was the statuesque ennui of Zoe who seemed like she was on the verge of suicide all the time. The only brief reprieves were Crow and Roper Klacks. I want a Crow & Roper Klacks adventure! I’d back that! Can I have that?

    Roper Klacks and his magical divide-shattering calculator! Reuniting Arcadia and Stark! No longer a Machiavellian villain! Honest guv.

    And then there’s the murder of Brian Westhouse, too. Who’s now part of some Moffat like plot. Who’s somehow become so different, and might be the prophet, and might have murdered the Driac Kin, and and and… gah. Even worse is Ragnar pulling nonsense about Lady Alvane, who’s obviously old April. She’s called such in the game’s files and alludes to it herself. But… hey, she might not be! Trollface.

    I just… don’t like his attitude or anything he’s done since The Longest Journey. I think he’s lost the ability to tell a good story. I think it’s just gone. I don’t think he can any more. He’s too “mature” now. And in the process, he’s lost all the romance, all the wonder, all the brilliance that would allow one to create something like The Longest Journey.

    It’s depressing.

    So I didn’t back this.

    Not sure why others did.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. tkreed

    I am thrilled to see Chapters becoming a reality. Red Thread Games has an incredibly talented team! Even the early prototype of the game looks absolutely amazing, and I cannot wait for 2014. I am very happy to have funded it on kickstarter, and anyone who still wants to contribute can do so via paypal. Their website: http://redthreadgames.com/chapters/ has much more information.

    As far as the other two games: TLJ and Dreamfall…
    Yes, Dreamfall did have some not-so-great elements (such as the combat and stealth), and the creators have admitted this and promised to learn from their mistakes. The Longest Journey is my favorite of the two games. That being said, I feel that Dreamfall had a fantastic story and that the characters, including April, went through changes between and throughout the games which were appropriate to the events in their lives.

    Check out their youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/RagnarTornquist?feature=watch for more info about Chapters, including gameplay, character creation and some of the new areas in the game. It’s pretty damn cool!

    #2 1 year ago