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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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A post-Rebels update

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We're alive!

Against all odds, we survived these last couple of back-breaking and soul-crushing Norwegian winter months to deliver what we believe is the biggest and most ambitious single episode of any episodic adventure game EVER.

(We're quite possibly wrong, but it's definitely in the top three.)

Update 2.0.1.

With a reported¹ 6-12 (!) hours of play time, we hope you all understand why a) it took four months to make, and b) why there are still a few bugs in this episode.

We've just released a beta version of update 2.0.1 to Steam. Follow this link with instructions about how to access the beta and to read the patch notes. The beta is only available via Steam, but as soon as it's been verified and tested, we'll push it out to everyone, everywhere.

(Mac users struggling with crashes should definitely try the beta. There was a Yosemite bug on certain OS-X systems equipped with AMD graphics cards that's hopefully been rectified. Until we get feedback from affected users, however, we can't know for sure, so please let us know if this fixes the problem for you.)

German and French versions

Due to the scope and number of spoken lines in Book Two (more than in Book One) it's taken our amazingly patient, diligent and hard-working translators (and German voice actors) a bit longer than anticipated to get the localised versions finished.

That work is now almost complete, but it will take us a few days to integrate and test all the text and sound files. Since we can't publish new versions over the weekend, this means that the complete German and French versions of Book Two will arrive next week.

We'll keep you updated and we apologise for the delay.

Book Three

After taking a very well deserved long weekend off, the team is back in full production mode on both Book Three and a little surprise we have planned for April/May. This surprise will be available first to our early access backers, followed by the rest of our backers, and finally everyone else...so stay tuned for more information about that. Soon. Ish.

In terms of timelines, Book Three won't take as long as Book Two. We probably won't announce any release date until we're very close, but we will of course continue to update you all on our progress along the way.

Book Three will not be as epic sized as Book Two. With our second episode, we wanted to ramp up the drama and bring the story to a certain point in time, which required us to include more content than we'd originally planned. Book Three will be more streamlined and intense. And while we're still in the early production and design phases on the final two books, neither of those will be quite as massive as Book Two.

In the end, however, we will have delivered a game that's far, far beyond our 10-12 hours Kickstarter promise. (And we will most likely never make another game this big ever again. There's only so much ten people can do!)

As a little teaser for what's coming in Book Three, here's a concept of a character who will play a small but pivotal role in the story going forward.

Presenting Ferdows, the first non-military, non-priestess Azadi we've met in the series:

We'll be back soon with another update, and next time we will talk a bit about Kickstarter rewards, since we do get some questions from backers about the timelines for both the digital and physical rewards.

On that note, if you have not redeemed your game key yet, follow this link for instructions about how to do that. With Book Two out, it's definitely time to start playing, if you haven't done so yet!

Oh, and if you have friends, family, frenemies and mortal enemies who have yet to buy Dreamfall Chapters, the game is currently 30% off on Steam!

As the Azadi would say: May the Light of the Goddess shine upon you all and guide you away from the Shadow.

Team RTG

1. Reported by our players on various forums. No scientific method of any sort used.

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    1. Martin O
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      on

      @Bobby Allen: 1a, 1b and 1c are just the names of the files and has nothing to do with chapters or books. The current version should contain both books.

    2. Bobby Allen
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      on

      just linked my humble bundle account to my steam account, looking for book 2 now. Still no book 2 :( What am I missing? I am sure it is a simple step, click A ,etc...

    3. Bobby Allen
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      on

      extracting the zip only shows chapters 1a/b/c :(

    4. Bobby Allen
      Superbacker
      on

      NOTE: Their is an updated version, installing it now. Is that update book 2?

    5. Bobby Allen
      Superbacker
      on

      I just checked humble bundle and no new keys. My views of steam have changed since this project ended. Is there a way to convert the humblebundle key to a steam key so I can start book 2?

    6. Chris Rosenau on

      Thanks got my key!

    7. Jeremie Lariviere
      Superbacker
      on

      Thanks for the update

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      Teodor Swiatkowski on

      So excited about the game after playing Rebels, congratulations! :) And so sad because of the upcoming months of waiting... Could you reveal the title of Book Three, please? To ease our pain a little bit? ;) And really hoping for the new version of the main, title drawing (don't know how to call it: the one with Kian on the left side and Zoe on the right one). My computer wants its wallpaper to be updated! :)

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      Anna Schneiderova on

      Just finished Book 2 and already hooked!!! Great work you guys :-)
      Don't think I can even express my feelings when encountering the characters from the past such as Abnaxus and Banda or seeing the infamous 'rubber ducky' as well as being in Enclave (which I loved so much in TLJ) and seeing the paintings of TLJ world... so much worth exploring and spending the time looking for more references...
      Also, I cannot stop thinking about the story and how is it going to evolve... very exciting stuff :-)
      Most of the choices I have made were done by the majority of the players. However, once I complete the full game I am going to play again and be a proper badass this time to see what'll happen... Can't wait!!!
      Thank you

    10. Red Thread Games Creator on

      @AstralWanderer: Sales don't work like that. We partake in Steam and GOG sales that are driven by their marketing and sales departments. By doing that, we get increased attention and vastly increased sales -- that's simply how Steam (and GOG) work, and how most games are sold these days.

      Since TLJ and Dreamfall are properties of Funcom, we are unable to make bundles containing all three games. This is not something they've expressed any interest in doing, which is fair.

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      Georgios Chrysikopoulos on

      @Chris Brainard: go to the following thread in the forum:
      http://redthreadgames.com/forum/topic/696-dreamfall-chapters-faq-known-issues-please-read-before-posting/
      The first few things mentioned there is how to get access to your key. It shouldn't be too complicated. If you still have trouble figuring out what to do feel free to ask around at the forum, everybody there is very friendly and helpful!

    12. Chris Rosenau on

      I never got a key and that page didn't help me get a key.

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      Desirée Eriksson on

      Well, I can tell you that The first book I played for around 6 hours the first time. This including looking at everything I could find and exhausting dialogue from various NPCs. After this, though, I started messing around with different paths/choices and after doing that with book 2 as well I've raked up a whopping 27 hours on steam already. I don't think you guys can fully appreciate how excited I am that this saga is finally continued. again. You are the best, RTG.

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      AstralWanderer on

      @RTG: "...Sales make a big difference for us, and are one of the key drivers in getting new players into the game."

      But at the cost of full-price sales after full release - both from those who purchased during the sale and anyone afterwards since you've effectively said "Don't buy now, it'll be a lot cheaper soon."

      And if new players are the intended target, why no linkup with the previous games TLJ and Dreamfall? At the very least it would make sense to co-ordinate a sale with FunCom - or better yet offer a TLJ/Dreamfall/Chapters bundle for those new to April's/Zoe's stories.

      If you want to encourage (more) early buyers to fund development, then consider a long-term sliding discount which drops as each book is released (e.g. 15% off until book 3 is released, then 10% until book 4, then 5% till book 5). That provides an incentive to buy early, without risking upset to those who paid full price (or significantly more during the KS).

    15. Red Thread Games Creator on

      @AstralWanderer: The game is obviously released, and has been since October! :) Sales make a big difference for us, and are one of the key drivers in getting new players into the game. We try to space them out and to not sell the game too cheaply, but it's definitely a good way to generate a lot more sales, which enables us to put more money into the production of new episodes.

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      AstralWanderer on

      @RTG: "In terms of timelines, Book Three won't take as long as Book Two..."

      A pity - I wouldn't consider book 2 as "epic" but it was a sizable chunk (though I'd also agree with Empirimancer about a portion of that time being spent wandering aimlessly looking for an item or event). As a matter of interest, how much time is spent on planning and implementing quests compared to creating the models and environments? I'm guessing the modeling takes the lion's share of the work.

      "...the game is currently 30% off on Steam!"

      Yer-what? Not even released and discounted? Please RTG, have a read of http://jeff-vogel.blogspot.com/2014/12/how-youre-going-to-price-your-computer.html

    17. Kim Kirsch on

      I just played parts 1 and 2 back to back and the experience really was amazing! You do a great job calling out choices and consequences, in both large and small ways. My husband and I keep getting nervous about things like trying not to get lovable side characters killed, without knowing in advance if it's a possibility. I mean to say, I care about my impact on the in-game world, not about gaming the system, and that's a pretty big success!

      I'm having tons of fun theory-crafting about what the nature of the world means, and what's coming next.

      Keep at it! And keep sane! You guys deserve a few long weekends.

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      saluk on

      I'm pretty impressed at what such a small team has accomplished in this amount of time.

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      TheJTrain on

      Loving what I'm seeing/hearing, but I'm resisting playing until it's complete (I do the same with Telltale's episodic stuff), but I'm second-guessing myself - is it three Books or five?

    20. Tamas Bedleg on

      It took around 8 hours for me to complete Book 2 and it was OMG! amazing. I am a very big fan of the series since the first TLJ game, so thank you for Chapters. I am so happy that you are making this.

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      Empirimancer on

      Typos in my previous comment: I liked Book 2 but the play time is misleading. I spent most of my time trying to get to a destination in both cities.

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      Empirimancer on

      I liked Book 2 but the play is misleading. I spend most of my time trying to get to a destination in both cities.

    23. Red Thread Games Creator on

      @Marcin Baran: Thank you! :D

    24. Red Thread Games Creator on

      @Cory: When there is an update on the PS4 version, we will definitely inform everyone! For the time being, we're converting Dreamfall Chapters to Unity 5. After that's complete, we will be able to make more progress on the PS4 version. Hopefully it won't be too long!

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      Stella-Terra Clemens on

      The only surprise I want in April... is her still being alive. ;_;

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      Marcin Baran on

      Thanks for the update:) The Book 2 was great and it really did take around 6-7 hours. I'm really looking forward here to continue the story. Keep up the great work!!!

    27. Cory on

      Any update on the PS4 version?