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.
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.
Before MMOs - before The Secret World, before Age of Conan and before Anarchy Online - Funcom was known for superb PC adventure game The Longest Journey.
If you've been waiting a hefty eight months for Funcom to release a demo for Dreamfall: The Longest Journey, then your wait is finally over.
Funcom's planning to hop on the digital distribution bandwagon and flog Dreamfall: The Longest Journey through its website.
Empire Interactive has announced that the long awaited sequel to point-and-click adventure The Longest Journey will be released for PC and Xbox next month.
Titled Dreamfall: The Longest Journey, the game will let you choose from three different playable characters - "smart and streetwise" Zoe Castillo, rebellious type April Ryan and Kian, a "mysterious and exotic assassin." Each character has their own unique playing style and set of abilities.
There are also three different worlds to explore. Stark is basically the Earth of the future, and you'll get to visit a variety of locations across a range of continents. Arcadia is a fantasy realm, complete with all manner of magic and weird creatures, and The Winter is described as "a mystical place outside of the boundaries of time and space, where a sinister black house holds a terrifying secret."
Funcom has this week announced that its is developing a follow-up to The Longest Journey called Dreamfall, and that the game will be unveiled in detail at this year's E3 trade convention in Los Angeles. It should be out in time for Christmas 2005.
Set in the 23rd Century, Dreamfall stars a young lady who stumbles upon a conspiracy related to dreams, which could destroy the twin worlds of science and magic. Realising she's in over her head, she seeks assistance from none other than April Ryan, the heroine of The Longest Journey.
"We're making a game that can be enjoyed equally by fans of the first game and new players," says game director and writer Ragnar Tørnquist. "In 'Dreamfall', we are expanding the scope of the adventure genre to include action elements that will allow us to tell an even more involving, exciting, and surprising story."