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Dreamfall Chapters is the long-awaited sequel to acclaimed PC adventure games The Longest Journey and Dreamfall: The Longest Journey
Dreamfall Chapters is the long-awaited sequel to acclaimed PC adventure games The Longest Journey and Dreamfall: The Longest Journey
Dreamfall Chapters is the long-awaited sequel to acclaimed PC adventure games The Longest Journey and Dreamfall: The Longest Journey
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Journeyman Edition shipping delay

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As it turns out — not surprisingly, given our history — the estimated January ship date for the Journeyman Edition boxes was a tad optimistic. The wheels of printing presses turn oh-so-slowly and our experience with digital distribution helps not at all.

We're awaiting delivery of test discs from the factory — we want to confirm that we can actually install the game before printing thousands of copies and spending tens of thousands of monies. Once we've received, tested and approved the master disc, we've been promised a two-week turnaround on production.

Hopefully this estimate sticks and we can ship boxes by the end of the month. We'll keep you updated.

In happier news, we've decided that ALL physical edition backers ($250-and-up) will receive the Journeyman Edition in addition to the box they've pledged for. This means that some of you will get TWO cool things to put on your book/game shelves...along with the beautiful printed materials, of course.

On that note, here's a preview of three comics — "Woka Sleep", "The Propheseer" and "Mountains to Cross" — from the Journeys collection (click through for a higher resolution image):

Art by Lauren Nichols, Christoffer Grav and Lautaro Capristo
Art by Lauren Nichols, Christoffer Grav and Lautaro Capristo

 

We hope you'll enjoy these small (but very important) stories.

One final thing:

In December, we announced our intention to print and sell new Dreamfall themed tees via our website. The response was good and we currently have 525 people on the waiting list. Unfortunately, because of an issue with our partner (you can read more about that here) our plans have temporarily been put on hold. The 20 backers who never got their reward tees will of course be prioritised and will receive their shirts regardless.

That's all for now. Thanks for reading!

Holiday greetings

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It's slowly getting dark outside. There's snow on the ground. The faint tones of distant Christmas music can be heard through frosted windows.

Most of Team Red Thread have left the building — and, in some cases, the country — to celebrate the holidays with friends and family. Computers have gone silent, fridges have been emptied out and icicles are slowly forming beneath abandoned chairs. (This happens very quickly; it's winter in Norway.)

Before the rest of us leave these rapidly chilling premises, we want to wish our backers a Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Thanks as ever for sticking with us and for being the most patient and supportive group of backers anyone could hope for. We look forward to sharing lots more with you in the new year — including the long-awaited physical rewards (which are on schedule to start shipping in January, yay!).

But we can't end the year without sharing something from what we're working on, and art director Christoffer was generous enough to allow us to post a teaser from one of the upcoming Journeys comic-book stories. So here it is: page one of 'The Propheseer'. We hope you love it as much as we do!

(You can read the rest of this story, along with three more stories, in the Journeys collection, coming soon.)

And teaser #2: the comic-book stories in this collection are titled 'The Propheseer', 'Mountains to Cross', 'Time and Worlds', and 'Woka Sleep'. Every story is drawn by a different artist, set in a different world, follows different characters, all connected to Dreamfall Chapters.

We know you already own Dreamfall Chapters, but in case you're looking for a last-minute Christmas present and want to share the experience with a friend or family, The Final Cut is currently on sale in the Steam Winter Sale — at a 60% discount.

 

Our game is also part of two very cool bundles. The first is The Longest Journey Bundle, which collects the entire saga — at a 20% discount.

 

The second is a brand new bundle called Made in Norway, which collects five games that are...made in Norway!

 

Dreamfall aside, these represent the very best of the New Norwegian Wave of indie games, and we highly recommend giving this a look. You get Owlboy from D-Pad, Among the Sleep from Krillbite, Earthlock from Snowcastle and World to the West from Rain. This is a great, great bundle, and even though you already own at least one of the games, it's worth checking out — and you get a 20% discount on all the games, on top of the Steam Winter Sale discount.

We'll be back in early January. Until then, we wish you all a peaceful and happy conclusion to 2017!

Team RTG

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Another rewards update

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Hi all,

We're sure many of you have been asking the same question: what's happening with the physical rewards?

The good news is, we're close. The bad news is that we won't be shipping everything at once – more on that below. First, here's what the Journeyman Edition box looks like:

 

The Journeyman Edition comes in a six-panel DVD Digipak, with the game on a single, dual-layer DVD. It's a great-looking box, designed by art director Christoffer Grav. Production on the boxes begins shortly, and they're shipping in January. Different territories may see different ship dates.

Before we get to the rest of the update, here's a brief recap of what’s been happening with Dreamfall Chapters in 2017.

We spent the first six months of the year working on two new ‘complete editions’ of the game: the “definite experience” for consoles, and The Final Cut for desktop platforms. These were both massive projects that, not unexpectedly, ended up taking more time than planned – but they were worth the effort.

The Final Cut (TFC) is the culmination of a dream we had since before Book One was released. It was always our intent to return to the beginning and rework the game before committing it to physical media for posterity. TFC turned out as well as we could hope, and reflects the vision we had for Dreamfall Chapters five years ago: one complete and continuous story divided into five acts.

TFC launched July 21 — right in the middle of summer holidays (in retrospect, not a fantastic idea) – as a free update. We received very positive feedback from players, and, with both Steam and GOG promoting the re-release, we sold more copies than expected.

We had planned to patch the game shortly afterwards…because when have we not had to patch the game after a release? Well, as it turned out, not this time. The version on Steam, GOG and Humble is the best, most stable and optimised version of the game. And it’s very likely that this will remain the final final cut of Dreamfall Chapters.

In mid-August, we began work on the first batch of boxes, starting with the $110 tier: the Journeyman Edition.

At the end of September, after multiple email reminders (and attempts to get in touch with unresponsive backers) we locked down shipping addresses. We hit a snag, unfortunately, when the person responsible for organising and handling backers and rewards took a leave of absence. This required some reorganisation and changes, putting a sizeable strain on our already thinly-stretched team.

We’re finally back on track, and following the Journeyman Edition will be the higher-tier boxes, containing additional printed materials and other goodies — maps, books, USB keys. These are pencilled for production in February.

The official soundtrack CDs will ship separately, most likely in January. This CD Digipak features the remastered musical score from The Final Cut. If you pledged $50 and up, you can already download a digital copy of the soundtrack through your Humble account. If you've forgotten how to access your account and digital rewards, please follow this link.

The remaining digital rewards will arrive around the same time as the second batch of boxes. The art book is done, and we're working on Journeys Birth and the accompanying comic, containing several short stories that provide more context and background to the game. We look forward to expanding the universe and sharing our stories with you.

Oh, and you may have missed this one: the extra outfits and hairstyles for Zoë are already available in The Final Cut, for those of you who backed the relevant tiers. To access them, you'll need your forum badge key (this is also listed in your Humble account). Boot up the game, go to 'Settings' and select the 'Redeem key' tab. Paste the forum key into this box and click submit. If your key is valid, you should see a message confirming the unlock. If it's not valid, please make sure your pledge level included these rewards.

Finally, we’ve heard from a couple of people who never received t-shirts. While we don’t know the reason for this — the shirts were handled by a third party — we want to sort it out: if you pledged for (but never received) shirt(s), please send us an email at backers@redthreadgames.com and include ’t-shirt’ in the heading; we’ll get back to you shortly. These shirts will be different from the originally produced shirts, but that makes them all the more unique!

Quite a few of you have also asked for a general Red Thread Games update: what's the status on our new games, are we planning another Kickstarter, will we ever make The Longest Journey Home. (Etc.) We will answer some of those questions in our Christmas update – and hopefully share some more good news.

Until then, we wish you all a wonderful (and not too dark or cold, or, if you reside on the bottom hemisphere, hot and humid) December!

The Red Thread Games Team

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Kickstarter rewards shipping update...YESSS!

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The Final Cut cometh

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The art speaks the truth:

In just over a week, on July 21st, the updated, upgraded, edited, optimised and remastered Final Cut edition of Dreamfall Chapters lands on PC and Mac. This is the culmination of almost five years of work by the Red Thread team, and we're both grateful and relieved that we've made it to the end of the road in one piece…accompanied by our amazing backers. Hurray!

As mentioned in our last Kickstarter update, The Final Cut (TFC) includes all the visual and audio upgrades from the console versions, including (but not limited to) new and tweaked character models, an expanded soundtrack, remastered voice-overs and reworked sound effects. We've made some nips and tucks throughout the game, and we've fixed a ton of bugs. There are some cool new special features, including playable deleted scenes and character profiles. In addition, TFC updates the game engine to a later version of Unity, and should run smoother and faster, and look better, on most PCs and Macs.

Last but not least, TFC includes the final batch of in-game Kickstarter rewards, including outfit changes and Birthright characters.

We'll be (re-)announcing the imminent release shortly with a new trailer, new key art and an updated recap video of the story so far – but, as usual, you guys are getting a head start:

Dreamfall Chapters: The Final Cut release date announcement trailer

Dreamfall: The Story So Far

 (Click the key art for the full 1920x1080 desktop wallpaper version.)

To manage expectations a bit: this is still Dreamfall Chapters as you know it – don't expect the game to look and feel dramatically different (although it definitely sounds a lot better than before) and if you've recently played and finished the journey, there might not be enough reasons to revisit the story just yet. But for anyone who's yet to start playing, now's the time; for players unfamiliar with the saga, we've made it a whole lot easier to get started; and for the team, it's been amazing to have this rare opportunity to go back and make the tweaks, changes and fixes we've always wanted to do but never had the time or budget for. This truly is The Final Cut.

Our attention is now on the next and concluding step in the campaign: getting all those boxes out to backers. We're honestly looking forward to a fresh challenge, and we hope and plan to make the wait worth it – we know you've all been extremely patient, and we appreciate that. In August, we'll have a timeline to share and more information about when and how and what we'll be doing to get The Final Cut onto discs, into boxes, and up on shelves in thousands of homes across the world.

There are only two words that properly convey how we feel about this: "EEK!" and "YAY!"

Until next time,

Team RTG