Dreamfall Chapters Book One: Reborn News

Final Dreamfall Chapters episode gets a release date

Final Dreamfall Chapters episode gets a release date

Not quite the longest journey but it's been going a while.

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.

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Dreamfall Chapters emerges from rough patch better than ever

Dreamfall Chapters emerges from rough patch better than ever

UPDATE: Book Four releases Thursday, 3rd December.

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."

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Dreamfall Chapters Book Three release date

Dreamfall Chapters Book Three release date

The Longest Journey gets even longer this week.

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 ZoŽ 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.

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Dreamfall Chapters Book One release date announced

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.

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