UPDATE 6TH JANUARY: The console versions of Dreamfall Chapters will be enhanced editions, featuring changes to gameplay, art, animations, music, sound-effects, shaders and lighting. There will be a Final Cut (enhanced edition) released for PC and Mac at the same time as well as a free update for existing game owners. Developer Red Thread said specific Dreamfall Chapters Final Cut features will be detailed at a later date.
ORIGINAL STORY 2ND DECEMBER: The promised PS4 and Xbox One versions of Dreamfall Chapters will be released 24th March 2017.
Deep Silver will publish, at a cheaper £25/€30 price point. Included are all five episodes released on PC, spanning 13 story chapters in total.
The final episode of Dreamfall Chapters, Book Five: Redux, will be released 17th June. A stirring teaser trailer was released that shows a montage of scenes from the game.
From 17th June, then, the full Dreamfall Chapters series will be available. This began a year-and-a-half ago with the launch of Book One: Reborn. We wrote a review for Book One: Reborn but haven't reviewed the other episodes - we preferred to wait for the series to finish and play the whole thing.
The Dreamfall Chapters Season Pass, which includes all episodes, is currently heavily discounted on GOG.com, down two thirds to $11.49. You can also unlock the game for free by spending around $30 on other stuff in the GOG.com summer sale - it's all part of some XP system. On Steam the game is £23.99. You can't buy episodes separately.
Both prettier and with better performance.
UPDATE 30TH NOVEMBER: Red Thread Games has announced that Book Four Revelations will be released this Thursday, 3rd December. The date came at the end of a new trailer, which shows this Unity 5-built episode in all its glory.
ORIGINAL STORY 26TH NOVEMBER: While we've been looking the other way, small Norwegian studio Red Thread Games has been having a rough time. It was to do with porting Dreamfall Chapters to new game engine Unity 5. All the early signs were encouraging and the logic was sound: Unity 5 is a more capable engine that will be supported for years. But the reality, to quote Red Thread leader Ragnar Tornquist, was like "a real-life survival RPG".
What should have taken a couple of people a couple of months ended up taking a handful of people four months, all working overtime to try and keep Book Four - the fourth instalment in the episodic adventure series - on track for 21st October release date at the same time. But they couldn't manage it. So in addition to fraught staff, the Unity 5 saga cost 10-person Red Thread thousands and thousands of dollars, both in terms of production costs as well as missed revenue from Book Four. "All things considered, the final price tag is probably in excess of $150,000," wrote Tornquist. "That's a painful amount of money for a small - and cash-strapped - studio like ours."
Book Three - Realms - of the Dreamfall Chapters adventure series will be released this Thursday, 25th June.
Realms is the third of five episodes, and continues the parallel adventures of Zoë Castillo and Kian Alvane.
Dreamfall Chapters, a Kickstarted episodic series by Red Thread Games - led by Ragnar Tornquist, creator of The Longuest Journey - can only be bought in one lump. You can't buy the episodes individually. It's currently 33 per cent off in the Steam Summer Sale, priced £16.07. That discount ends 6pm UK time.
UPDATE 24TH FEB: The promised trailer for Dreamfall Chapters Book Two: Rebels has been released. It's embedded below.
ORIGINAL STORY 19TH FEB: Dreamfall Chapters Book Two: Rebels will be released 10th March on Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for PC (Windows and Linux) and Mac.
Rebels picks up where Book One: Reborn left off, with characters Kian Alvane and Zoe Castillo investigating a multiple-worlds-ending conspiracy. The second instalment brings a new city to explore: Marcuria, capital of the Northlands, home to the Azadi occupying forces and to the resistance.
The first instalment of Dreamfall Chapters - Book One: Reborn - will be released 21st October on PC and Mac.
This is the first of five episodes; the second will apparently not be far behind.
Book One tells the tale of two people - Zoe Castillo and Kian Alvane - and takes place across three worlds. Kian's a warrior and must escape from prison topless, and Zoe's clothed and in a futuristic world. Mind you, in reality, she's in a coma.
Last week we heard Dreamfall Chapters would be broken into five episodes and that the first of those would be released this autumn.
When creative director Ragnar Tørnquist said "no episodic gaming" in an interview leading up to Dreamfall Chapters' to-be-successful Kickstarter campaign, he meant it.
The Longest Journey and Dreamfall lead actress Sarah Hamilton (the voice of April Ryan) is in dire straits after suffering from multiple sclerosis and stage 2 parotid (salivary) gland cancer for over a decade.
Here's a 30-minute walkthrough of a murky prison level from Dreamfall Chapters, the Kickstarted 3D adventure by Dreamfall creator Ragnar Tornquist and his Norwegian Red Thread Games.
The chances of attractive Kickstarted 3D adventure game Dreamfall Chapters landing on PS4 and Xbox One (one or both) are "extremely good", lead developer Ragnar Tornquist has said - even Wii U is on the table.
Ragnar Tornquist, director of Kickstarted adventure game Dreamfall Chapters, has disagreed with George Lucas' view that the evolution of storytelling in video games is still waiting for a wildly popular success like the movie Titanic.
Red Thread Games demoed Kickstarted 3D adventure game Dreamfall Chapters live on stage at Rezzed in Birmingham, UK, today.
With Rezzed 2013 now just a few days away, we can finally confirm that the full schedule of developer sessions will be broadcast live here and on the Eurogamer YouTube channel this Saturday and Sunday. Yay!
The sixth batch of games to get greenlit on Steam Greenlight have been announced today and there's some pretty good-looking titles in its ranks.
Shovel Knight, the retro platformer by the former WayForward staff at Yacht Club Games has been accepted, as has the bubonic plague-themed RTS Death, Inc by some ex-Media Molecule staff (despite its failed Kickstarter). Fan-favourite adventure series The Longest Journey will be coming to Valve's popular distribution portal as well with Dreamfall Chapters.
The full list of games and software to be accepted is as follows:
Rezzed: The PC and Indie Games Show is returning to the UK this June and in my role as curator of the developer sessions I've been beavering away over the last few months organising this year's schedule. I've got enough of it together now that I can let you know exactly when the majority of this year's sessions will take place.
A bit of background for those of you who are lost: Rezzed (tickets available at Rezzed.com) is a two-day show taking place on the weekend of 22nd/23rd June at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. Now in its second year, it allows attendees to go hands-on with the latest PC and indie games before release and - like its big brother, the Eurogamer Expo - there's also a schedule of developer sessions.
Some of the highlights of this year's schedule include Chris Avellone from Obsidian Entertainment coming over to talk Project Eternity, Red Thread Games' Ragnar Tornquist bringing Dreamfall Chapters, and another couple that I can unveil today - Mode 7 Games will be introducing Frozen Endzone at 2pm on Saturday, and Creative Assembly will be showing live code of Rome 2: Total War on stage on the Sunday.
The decision for Ragnar Tornquist and Red Thread Games to use Kickstarter to fund a new Longest Journey adventure game was a good one - it's ended in emphatic success.
Red Thread Games has shared a video of Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey in action.
It shows heroine Zoe exploring a sunshine-flooded forest. The video demonstrates the hybrid third-person-point-and-click control scheme.
Red Thread stressed on Kickstarter that what you're seeing is "very early prototype footage". Frame-rate, art, animations and UI will all improve significantly. Zoe is a placeholder model dressed in her old Dreamfall clothes, and all the environment assets are temporary.
A collection of images from the Kickstarter page.
The Kickstarter funding drive for new single-player Longest Journey adventure game Dreamfall Chapters has begun. We knew it would.
A brand new instalment in The Longest Journey adventure series was announced last week: Dreamfall Chapters. The Longest Journey creator Ragnar Tornquist is in charge and he'll make the game at his new studio Red Thread Games. He'll also remain at Funcom overseeing the MMO he fathered, The Secret World.
Update: Funcom's been in touch to clarify that Ragnar Tornquist is still very much an employee. He didn't leave to start his new company Red Thread Games: he established the company separately to get Dreamfall Chapters into pre-production. He'll combine this role with his creative director role on The Secret World for the foreseeable future.