is the upcoming episodic sequel to the 2006 Action Adventure
game Dreamfall: The Longest Journey
. Although announced back in 2007, it only entered pre-production in 2012
, since most of its key personnel (including the original creator, Ragnar TÝrnquist) had their hands full with The Secret World
. The game has been funded via Kickstarter
, raising over $1.5 million from almost 22,000 pledges, which was about 180% of the original goal. With the extra money it was possible to add Linux and Mac versions, new language localizations and more content do the game (essentially a Director's Cut and developer commentaries), all of which had to be cut earlier in order to make room to a smaller goal.
Had it reached $2M, the devs would have greenlit the pre-production of The Longest Journey Home
(essentially, The Longest Journey 2
with April in the lead role, which is a conclusion of her story), but this does not mean that the project is dead, the devs told
that they really want to tell the story and that they are going to do it at some point (another Kickstarter is a possibility). At any rate, TLJH would not be made at the same time as Dreamfall Chapters
(though if it sells well, work on Home
could start as early as late 2015
Not many details about the story are known, but it will take place in the years 2219-2220, immediately after the events of Dreamfall
. The Dreamer Console that allows people to experience lucid dreams has been released to the public, and is a great success as many find themselves addicted to the new technology, which also seems to have some rather sinister side-effects that might not be entirely unintentional. Meanwhile, ZoŽ Castillo lies in a coma, with her consciousness trapped in the realm of "Storytime". The game will see her escape from Storytime, follow her travel to the dystopian megacity
Europolis and the Arcadian city Marcuria, and eventually offer a conclusion to her story arc. Kian Alvane's story will also be continued.
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Tropes the game is likely to contain upon its release:
- Artifact Title: Subverted. Chapters originally referred to the game's episodic format, which has been dropped when production began and the subtitle began to refer to the "chapters of life". With the return to episodic format, however, the title is back where it started.
- Collection Sidequest: The Loremaster stretch goal will allow you to collect books throughout the game to rebuild the Great Library of Marcuria.
- Colon Cancer: The full titles of the individual episodes will be Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey: Book X: Episode Title.
- Dream Walker/Dream Weaver: While trapped in Storytime, ZoŽ learns to enter other people's dreams and to manipulate them—and extension of her Dreamer powers that she demonstrated in the original Dreamfall.
- Episodic Game: Double-subverted. Originally announced as such, then confirmed to be a traditional full-length game, but faced with mounting production costs the developers have switched back to episodic format, with the original projected release date now being the release of the first episode/book.
- Fantasy World Map: Limited editions of Chapters will be packaged with the first ever official map of Arcadia.
- Government Conspiracy: A continuation (and hopefully conclusion) to the Project Alchera arc.
- The Hashshashin: Or rather, their Arcadian Counterpart Organization, the Oular Assassili.
- Hub Level: Europolis and Marcuria are gonna be this for Stark and Arcadia, respectively.
- Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: Several collector's editions of ever-increasing size have been offered as Kickstarter incentives, with the Draic Kin Edition definitely taking the cake.
- Mega City: The City State of Europolis. It physically covers the entirety of the former Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Belgium and the Netherlands, a good chunk of France and even reaches a bit into the Baltic states.
- Nightmare Sequence: A side effect of the Dreamer Console is that some of its users gets stuck in their nightmares... and then find themselves unable to awake from them.
- Oddly Named Sequel: See Artifact Title above.
- Player Data Sharing: Downplayed. Enabling the online-only "social" function lets the players learn what choices other players have made at important Story Branching points.
- Previously On: The game will include an interactive comic recap of TLJ and Dreamfall.
- Story Branching: Played with. At multiple points in the game, the player has to make minor and major plot decisions. All of them have impact on the fates of the characters they concern—but none on the player characters themselves, so there will be no Multiple Endings.
- Vestigial Empire: Europolis was once the greatest economic powerhouse on Earth, but at the time of the story it is way past its prime and in the middle of a serious downturn.
- Warp Whistle: There will be some way to quickly travel between locations.