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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
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"Things Take Time": January 2017 update

Posted by Red Thread Games (Creator)
The new key art for the console versions.
The new key art for the console versions.

Happy New Year, dreamers!

First off, we’d like to apologise for the long silence. The team was kept busy with tight milestones towards the end of 2016.

As 2017 boots up, however, we can finally draw back the curtain on what we’ve been working on since last summer.

You may have heard, but in case you missed the announcement: Dreamfall Chapters is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in an enhanced special edition on March 24th! Our publishing partner Deep Silver is releasing the complete game both physically and digitally — here’s what the cover looks like:

(You should also check out Deep Silver’s announcement trailer for PlayStation 4.)

For the PC/Mac/Linux folks — our backers and existing customers — we’ll be releasing a new and updated version of the game (‘The Final Cut’) to coincide with the console release.

We’re very excited about this opportunity to revisit Chapters one final time. There are several improvements and changes we’ve wanted to make for years — along with requests and suggestions from our players and community — and we finally have the time and resources to address them.

So what’s new? There are changes to character art and animations, music, sound-effects, shaders, lighting — and gameplay. We’ll be talking specifics soon, and we’ll have more on the console enhancements and special features before March 24th.

Speaking of “soon”: back in September we made some promises that we haven’t delivered on — yet. We’ve had a number of staffing challenges, particularly in project management and QA; these have been solved, but we’re way behind schedule on two patches.

The first is the long-awaited German language patch. We received the final voice overs for books four and five in November, and we’ve been working to integrate these into a larger patch, which also contains bug fixes and optimisations. This patch is still in QA, but it won’t be long now.

The second is what we’re calling the ‘benefactors patch’. This update contains missing in-game rewards — including the town crier and Benefactor’s Wall in Marcuria — and it’s next on our schedule.

The third patch is the big one — the aforementioned ‘The Final Cut’ — which upgrades the game to match the console versions. This version will also be included in the Kickstarter boxes scheduled to ship close to the release of the console versions along with the remaining physical rewards.

Things Take Time — almost four years now — but we haven’t left Dreamfall Chapters behind. Far from it! We’re still very much focused on completing the journey in a way we can all be proud of.

One last thing: we know there’s been some issues with our website and forum, both in terms of performance and support, and we plan to address this soon. We haven’t had the resources to make the necessary changes, but it’s on top of our list. Your patience, as always, is very much appreciated.

Once again, we want to thank all of you for making this possible. When our journey began four years ago, we had no idea where it would take us — and we’re grateful for having had this amazing opportunity. Wherever Red Thread goes next, it’s because of your support.

Thanks for reading!

Team RTG


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    1. STooGE$$$$ on

      @Red Thread Games "@Phill: There's no planned physical release on PC – only on console – and the Kickstarter editions are unique. They won't be available for anyone except backers."

      Wait what? Now there's no DVD release for PC backers at all? Console releases are useless to me. This doesn't really make any sense especially for backers at the higher tiers.

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      Flat Eric on

      Thx a lot @ KHH, changed my address. Still nothing new about the physical release for backers. :-(

    3. Luis Arcas on

      Mow that the game is out on consoles, it would be or is in spanish subtitles?

    4. TrentJaspar on

      The Humble DRM-free version is from 22-July. Is there any chance this will get updated, and when might one guess will the Final Cut version be available on Humble?

    5. Elfwyn on

      Time to revisit The Longest Journey and Dreamfall once more before the Final Version ships.
      Good things take their time.

    6. Luke Dickinson on

      I've held off playing the game until it was all out, and then until the engine issues were solved, and now I'm waiting for The Final Cut. Which I assume is coming out for Steam backers at the same time as the console versions? Very much looking forward to finally, FINALLY playing this game!!

    7. Liam Markham on

      And then the Longest Journey Home!?

    8. KHH on

      @Azfar Islam: Probably not. In the past when people have asked if they would be able to get a console key instead of a key for Windows/Mac/Linux, RTG has responded that it would not be possible.

      @Flat Eric: You can change your shipping address in Backerkit

    9. Michael Hartmann

      @Chris Edwards: Ah, unfortunately that makes sense. And I assume you lost access to your previous email address. Hope someone at Humble or RTG can help you soon.

    10. Chris Edwards

      It is a Catch 22 situation. As far as I can see the Humble account associated with Dreamfall Chapters is linked to the old email address I originally pledged for the game. So the Key resender only sends the keys to me to my old email address. I have contacted Humble support about the problem a while ago, and have just done so again, but received no reply.

    11. Michael Hartmann

      @Grandpa Pixel: Only t-shirts. The game boxes will ship in spring (as mentioned in the update). Which makes sense, it's hard to ship the game before it is finished without messing with the space-time continuum.

      @Chris Edwards: Have you looked in your Humble account for unclaimed games? If it's not already there, use the Humble key resender.

      @Flat Eric: You should be able to log in to Backerkit again and change your address there.

    12. Grandpa Pixel on

      I never got any of my physical rewards. Did those ever happen?

    13. Az I. on

      So, if I never claimed my digital copy for PC, would / could that key get transferred over a digital download for the PS4?

    14. Christiaan on

      So, you guys kind of skipped over my question... I realize it might be complicated with backerkit and everything and I seem to remember there was a deadline at one point, but is there any chance of changing rewards by pledging some more at this stage? And will there be any way to get the physical Art Book and/or Tome of the Balance book for those who did not pledge at the $500+ tier? Maybe a Red Thread merch store?

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      Stephen Teng on

      I hope someone helps Chris Edwards...

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      TheJTrain on

      When/how will the short story collection "Journey's Birth" and the digital grimoire (actually not sure what that means, but it's distinct from the graphic novel) "Tome of the Balance" be released/delivered to those (raises hand) who backed at that level?

    17. Oriane MAILLY on

      Thanks for your work! It's marvelous, I love it. THANKS

    18. Mika on

      I hope the final cut has a toggle for chormatic aberration.

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      Flat Eric on

      My adress changed long ago and I never get an answer how to give you the new one... Tried everything from mail to posts here on Kickstarter...

    20. Chris Edwards

      This is very good news. Unfortunately I have never received my keys to this Kickstarter. My email address changed between the time my pledge was collected and the game was released. Repeated and repeated emails to support have gone unanswered.

    21. Jon Jon Yun on

      If we funded it originally back when it was an original PC release, is it possible to switch over to PS4 once this campaigned is finished?

    22. Victor Støle on

      Wow. You guys are incredible. Thank you so much for working so hard and sticking through with your values, even under such difficult conditions. You've truly earned your places of glory in all realms I know of :)

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      Andrew Blackledge on

      So the Final Cut includes the Loremaster, Gallery, House of Dreams, Birthright bankers, graphic novel recap and developer commentary, right? And backers who pledged for additional choices for Zoe's wardrobe will get them on their disks/steam keys? The lack of these promises being specifically mentioned so far in any of thr updated has me worried that they've been dropped.

    24. Jeremie Lariviere

      very cool!

    25. Francisco Bellon Ballesteros on

      The Final Cut will include Spanish subtitles?

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      ddbelyea on

      you can ignore my previous comment. I forgot this project was through backerkit.

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      ddbelyea on

      Is there a way to change addresses before physical shipping? I've tried looking through the updates but there were too many to make it through in a reasonable time. I also sent a message back in August but got no response. I've moved a few times since backing and don't want things to get lost in the mail.

    28. Thalon on

      What about the loremaster stretch goal? Would you include books with lore extracts in the final cut?

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      Ian Javier Pérez Zayas on

      Yay, updates!

      So I've looked and haven't found an answer: who's the leftmost character on the console version box?

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      Philipp Maltsev on

      Awesome news! Well, what about russian subtitles in The Final Cut? :) I want to remind you that they are ready to be integrated to the game -… ;)

    31. the_media_deli on

      @Red Thread Games: I thought sales numbers for the US have shown that it's not that way? As in not even 50% of sales are digital?

      Well, regardless, looks like I'll be importing a copy. Can you recommend any place that's worth using that is good on import price and shipping?

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      Alex Organ on

      Can't wait for the console version and would even buy it again on Xbox one, assuming I don't get a second free copy for my $50 pledge (why would I?).

    33. Red Thread Games Creator on

      @Christian Peters @TrentJaspar: There will unfortunately not be a physical console release for the U.S. due to the market there – it's mostly digital now. And PC/Mac will remain digital only, except for the boxes we're shipping to backers.

    34. TrentJaspar on

      Will the Final Cut include all of the stretch goals from the KS, including The Loremaster (in-game library), the House of All Worlds, Storytime (interactive graphic novel recapping the story), a Richer World (in-game gallery), and the Director's Cut (commentary track)?

    35. TrentJaspar on

      Just a small plea that updates related to the Final Cut should not assume that everybody's played/finished the game. Some folks (or maybe just me?) are waiting for the Final Cut before playing the game.

    36. TrentJaspar on

      @Christian Peters There's no planned, generally available physical release on PC/Mac/Linux, only on console. Backers at the physical tiers ($110+, except for $150 tier) will of course receive their boxed DVD copy. I see no reason why the physical console release wouldn't be available in the US and elsewhere, but I suppose we should get verification of that.

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      Christian Peters on

      Will the physical edition also be released in the US?

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      Lukas Daniel Klausner

      I really fervently hope that “wherever Red Thread goes next” will include The Longest Journey Home. <3

    39. Oberon on

      If you already on Chapters on Steam will your copy upgrade to the final cut? or do we have to rebuy?

    40. Gavin Lambert - Tormented Dreamer on

      Is the Loremaster included in one of those or is it still postponed indefinitely?

    41. Phill on

      Excellent, thanks for the reply!

    42. Red Thread Games Creator on

      @Phill: There's no planned physical release on PC – only on console – and the Kickstarter editions are unique. They won't be available for anyone except backers.

      @Malene: As stated in the update, the physical editions are arriving this spring.

    43. Malene on

      When will the collector's edition come? It's been 4 years so I'm just wondering. To be honest I'd just prefer a refund now. Just not very hyped with this product ATM.

    44. Phill on

      The Kickstarter collectors editions, the ones we pledged and waited years for, are they unique? Or can everybody now get them since there's going to be a physical release?

      It would be highly disappointing if it was the latter, being that we helped support this game from the outset, only for those who never gave a toss to receive the same thing.

    45. Rivercliff on

      A release date for the Final Cut would be helpful as soon as you have it. I've been holding off on a "final" (who am I kidding?) play-thru of the entire TLJ saga so definitely looking forward to it!

    46. Christiaan on

      Question: Is it too late to upgrade my pledge from the Digital Collectors edition ($75) to the Boxed Collectors Edition ($110) and also will the physical Art of Dreamfall Chapters / Tome of the Balance books at some point be available to buy separately for a price below $500?

    47. František Štibora on

      This is such a beatiful, soul-warming update. You deserve all the patience in the world, guys.
      And I simply cannot be more excited for what is still to come (as in, this thing of beauty in an even better form on my PS4! Soon! My heart can barely take it already!) and for the acclaim the final PC and console versions are surely going to receive at last.
      Sending the best kinds of vibes! <3

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      Johnny on

      Finally, some really good news (German voices are coming!)
      Hmmm...its time to reinstall the Game!

    49. Pyragor on


      I'd like to know the status of french localisation ?
      I can only hear about german in the news.
      I have sadly already given up about having the same dubbing actors anyway...

      I am waiting for the final physical version to be received to play the game actually and I'd like to know about this.

      Thank you.

    50. Merrick Simms on

      Once again, what about the french voices?

      There is still no informations and I gave my money because of this promise you made during the kickstarter.