The Longest Journey becomes longer

Dreamfall Chapters to continue the story in downloadable episodes.

Back in 2000, the first instalment in the Dreamfall saga was released. Called The Longest Journey, it told the story of April Ryan, a student who had the power to shift between the two worlds of magic and science. A sequel followed in May 2006, Dreamfall: The Longest Journey, which introduced us to Zoë Castillo, who finds herself also traveling between the two worlds to unravel a mystery and find a friend who has disappeared. However, the second game left many loose ends untied, leading many to believe there would be another episode in the epic adventure, although lead designer Ragnar Tørnquist wouldn't confirm anything.

But now Norwegian developer Funcom has announced that the series will continue, and that it has been awarded a grant by the Norwegian Film Fund, which the company will use toward researching and developing the story as Dreamfall Chapters.

Funcom's CEO, Trond Arne Aas, also hinted that a MMO version of April and Zoe's world might be coming, and commented, "We will be researching an online-only continuation of the epic Longest Journey saga, and we very much look forward to developing new chapters [for] the Dreamfall gaming community."

The company also stated that although the first phase of the game's release would likely be through downloadable episodes, following later in traditional boxed form.

Funcom commented on the content of the new title by hinting that the game would be the last in the series, and all the loose ends would be tied up in the upcoming episodes: "At the end of the road waits the greatest mystery of them all--one that will bring the groundbreaking saga to a surprising and stunning conclusion."

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focuspuller
focuspuller

Not much longer. Coming out next year. And then another game to follow.

BongFlower
BongFlower

I have been waiting years and years for this. And now I will have to wait longer. Sigh! I just hope it's worth it.

penpusher
penpusher

Its a shame we'll be waiting a looooooooooooong time for this. To many people are interested in shooters these days, with all the story depth of a inflatable kids paddling pool with a puncture in it.

dravem
dravem

Yeah 6 years and nothing as long I know, maybe they give up as exp chapters and we can hope for a 3rd game to be made after Funcon launch Secret World?

megatrunks
megatrunks

Now it has been 6 years since the game was released when they release dreamfall chapters

brian_reaver
brian_reaver

Been waiting 3 years since the news of this. How much longer AAAHHHH

Mist17
Mist17

I can't wait for Dreamfall Chapters as long as it follows the story and it's not a mmo i'll be happy

supy_axel
supy_axel

The Longest Journey was the best (i gave it a 10)...can't say Dreamfall wasn't good (cause i gave that one a 10 too)...i'm still playing Dreamfall because i just love the story (too bad The Longest Journey doesn't look that good on a PC with a HD graphics card cause i would have still play that one too)...anyway...respect for Ragnar Tørnquist and his creations...i hope Dreamfall Chapters will come out soon and we won't have to wait 6 years like we did for the last one...and i can't wait to get my hands on it when it comes out...and please don't make it an MMO...

leatorik
leatorik

If is a matter of showing support then lets just do it! This game saga, like any other has something really special about it. Hope, faith.. even in the form of a videogame its a way to open minds and make changes. The world is dreaming!

73X
73X

I'm thinking 2012-2013. Way too long.

Shimmerweed
Shimmerweed

I can't wait. I CAN't WAIT !!! ^_^ This game changed everything.

Neosword
Neosword

I've been waiting to play The Longest Journey until these chapters had a release date, but this looks doubtful. It probably won't be out anytime soon, but if it is it will be a good surprise.

Acid_rain82
Acid_rain82

I hear that they will start working on it after The Secret World is finished.

Acid_rain82
Acid_rain82

Deathscyth-Hell is right. Dreamfall should not become an MMO. It has been so long since any news of Dreamfall Chapters.

AnonimUmbra
AnonimUmbra

Dreamfall was -Easily- one of the best games I've ever played. Can't wait for this to come out. Practically did a happy dance.

Deathscyth-Hell
Deathscyth-Hell

I hope its not an MMO... its very hard to tell a good story with a MMO, i prefer it to be an action/adventure like Dreamfall...

kusanagi_k2001
kusanagi_k2001

Its Really Good To Know That This Series At Least Is Going To Come Back. Wish The Next One to Be Even More Mind blowing and With Another Powerful Story. Really Looking Forward For The Next One................... :-)

IbuDreamer
IbuDreamer

I actually hope it won't be MMO, because I just enjoyed the quiet and beautiful adventure type of the game.

wogboypaul
wogboypaul

HURRY UP!! PLEASE so many cliffhangers on dreamfall.. its too suspenseful.. and *SPOILER** i dont believe the lady dragon is dead because i heard wings flapping in the cutscene... and i agree that Brina Westhouse isnt really him, since at the beggining of the game, some creature from storytime was chasing after him *END SPOILER* cant wait for the next ep

ElCatto
ElCatto

I agree with acid_rain82. Too bad for legacy of kain i loved the series. Its been over a year could they give some news

ivan_the_one
ivan_the_one

well.... (slight spoilers) if you play the first dreamfall you get a hint that april doesn't die.

Acid_rain82
Acid_rain82

I'm just glad that this series not going to be like all the other games series that never ended because they stopped making them. (E.g. Shenmue and Legacy of Kain)

Mappyman
Mappyman

any development on this at all? the wait is going to kill me

Platyphyllum
Platyphyllum

FlatchVeracruzl: Well, The Longest Journey fans had to wait for 6 years until Dreamfall came out. I'm not that surprised that it isn't out 1 year ever since it was announced.

FlatchVeracruzI
FlatchVeracruzI

Aaaaaaaaaaargh it's been over a year! What's taking so long??

Okamok
Okamok

Great news! Dreamfall never really ended...

Acid_rain82
Acid_rain82

Totally wicked! The longest journey continues But I don't think April Ryan is dead. Wasn't it her destiny to eventual join the two worlds? Then I believe Lady Alvane, that you meet in TLJ is April Ryan in her old age.

Firozecool
Firozecool

Dreamfall was great! Really can't wait for them to release this new type of distribution thingy... But it would have been surely better as a CD/DVD! Anyway, Dreamfall, TLJ and Funcom rule!!! :D

mtbrdude87
mtbrdude87

i wish they would make it point and click...or take out the combat.. Grim Fandango/ Monkey Island style would REALLY make me happy. Dreamfall still has nothing on TLJ.

SpazH3d
SpazH3d

Bleh, i don't really like episodic content. Just give me the whole game at once.

snowyjoe
snowyjoe

i still want April back They make her the best video game girl you can ever play Then they turn her into a complete B*tch Then they kill her off Is she going to come back as the loving April we all love or is she going to come back as a b:tch or is she never going to come back?

Planeforger
Planeforger

From Ragnar Tornquist's blog: "Okay, okay, so here’s something. The following paragraph contains two and a half falsehoods. Make of that what you want: Zoë’s in it. And Crow. Gabriel gets his groove on. There will be puzzles. And an exciting story. You’ll find out more about the Azadi. A Dragon strips down to the ‘bare essentials’ (if you know what I mean). And you’ll learn the true identity of the Prophet."

snowyjoe
snowyjoe

still not updated? if anyone knows where i can get more info on this could someone tell me pleasssseeeee???? I really really really hope they bring back the orignial April Ryan the one that you can laugh and cry together! the on in dream fall... was just a charater she didn't make me cry or laugh! She acturally felt like a **** :'(

cancer_777
cancer_777

Funcom should update the graphics of the first two and re release them to try and save the license... maybe a new fan base its all it needs...

jordalv
jordalv

so no one knows something new?!..

katjajett
katjajett

This was annouced ages ago. Why haven't there been any more updates?

snowyjoe
snowyjoe

but wait a minute.... once this comes out that means Dreamfall is gonna end.... thats a bit sad... but i guess all good things must come to a end one day. Hope Funcom makes another breath taking adventure game after this

snowyjoe
snowyjoe

WOohooo! yea! now we can finally know what happens! I think I'll go play the game again to refresh me memory

Phoenix2Raven
Phoenix2Raven

i thought i read in an interview with the creator that he had always planned this game to be in several parts. the first was the longest journey, then with dreamfall was suppose to be the 1st part of the 2 part second in the series then another 2 seperate games concluding the 3rd and final part. thats suppose to be like 3 more games after dreamfall now its only one more to end it. i hope they dont cram the story so that the game doesn't feel complete.

ElfaLupin
ElfaLupin

Yay! I can't wait to play more of it. There were so many questions left unanswered at the end of the game - like what happened to the real Reza, or what happened to April and the others in Arcadia. Or will Zöe wake up again and what will happen between her and Damien. I really can't wait. ^___^

fatherofsword
fatherofsword

 @penpusher I think the main reason is that the developer is working on The Secret World, I hope we hear about these episodes soon but I think it's safe to assume that we won't see anything before 2014 :(

Row1992
Row1992

 @supy_axel It is too bad The Longest Journey, doesn't look that good on a PC with a HD graphics card, but I am mighty fortunate that it looks better life life in the innermost depths of my mind's eye.

penpusher
penpusher

 @fatherofsword  I suppose we might see it again sooner or later, there is apparantly a bit of a resurgence in the point and click genre recently, so with any luck that should attract funcom back in :D