Dreamfall Chapters Is Real: Ragnar Tørnquist Is ON IT

Adventure game fans, now is the time to begin squeeing and flailing with joy. Ragnar Tørnquist, the man behind The Longest Journey and Dreamfall — and recent MMO The Secret World — has formed a new studio and actually begun production on Dreamfall Chapters, Funcom announced today.

In a press release, Funcom said that Red Thread Games, Tørnquist’s new studio, has “licensed the rights to ‘The Longest Journey’ universe from Funcom, and Mr Tørnquist will spearhead development of Dreamfall Chapters, while continuing in an advisory role as Creative Director” on The Secret World.

Dreamfall was released early in 2006 and ended in such a way that a sequel or follow-up seemed almost mandatory. Dreamfall Chapters has been discussed since 2007, but despite repeated promises from Tørnquist that the project would eventually happen, some fans (like yours truly) didn’t think it seemed likely ever to come together.

Oh me of little faith. "Ever since we ended Dreamfall on a nail-biting cliffhanger, players have been rightfully demanding a sequel, and my deal with Funcom will finally make that possible,” Tørnquist said in the press release. “I’m extremely grateful to Funcom for this unique and exciting opportunity, and I can’t wait to dive back into the universe I helped create more than a decade ago, and continue the story players have been waiting for these past six years.”


Comments

    Heck yes! Too bad I can't remember most of the game now, or even what exactly that cliffhanger was. I've tried to play it again, but the stupid starforce copy protection doesn't work under Windows 7. It says something about needing an update, but there's no way to update it.

      From memory, April (the protagonist of the first game) had been left for dead, [guy who' name i don't remember] had been arrested by his Zoe was in a coma and her father was being watched over by a doppelgänger that looked like Reza.

      I loved the story in Dreamfall but the gameplay was disappointing - just a combination of crappy spammable combat, bare-bones sneaking and fetch quests masquerading as puzzles. Hopefully the gameplay will be better in Chapters.

    Back when I was a kid, and only had dial-up, I got all of my reviews from PC Powerplay. They wrote a really big article about how tedious and terrible this game was, like you have to solve a puzzle by getting something from a mushroom, but the only mushroom you can interact with is one specific mushroom out of 50 or so. So I laughed it off and didn't play it.

    And now the entire internet regards it as a classic? I feel so stupid :(

      Haha! Mainstream press and adventure games have a complicated relationship. :D

      The Longest Journey is a classic. Dreamfall was flawed, but still a really well written adventure game. PCPP did give it 81%, so they didn't hate it all that much.

    It was the best news I had all day. Dreamfall didn't really "end" per se, it just did a "Next Time on TLJ" which was really annoying. Hopefully Ragnar's vision hasn't changed, my biggest worry is that working on The Secret World has changed the way he thinks about it such that it will lose the charm, but I have faith he won't screw it up.

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