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Dreamfall Chapters is the long-awaited sequel to acclaimed PC adventure games The Longest Journey and Dreamfall: The Longest Journey
21,858 backers pledged $1,538,425 to help bring this project to life.

Update #5: The voice of April Ryan returns!

We're very, very happy to announce that the lovely Sarah Hamilton, voice of April Ryan in both The Longest Journey and Dreamfall, is returning for the latest game in our epic saga, Dreamfall Chapters!

"I'm so looking forward to being part of the longest journey family again in whatever capacity it may take!" says Sarah.

And we're looking forward to working with you again, Sarah! It wouldn't be the same without you!

Sarah added humanity and depth to the role of April Ryan, making her one of the most beloved and memorable characters in gaming history. Her involvement helped The Longest Journey resonate with players of all ages, as they followed April Ryan's journey from art student to saviour of the universe.

Sarah Hamilton's role in Dreamfall Chapters has yet to be revealed, but we're sure fans of April Ryan will start speculating right about...NOW.

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    1. Creator April01 on February 16, 2013

      This is the best news for me. I hoped so much April would not have died in the last chapter - the worst moment for me at all in this game. I want Aprily Ryan back in the game, and now I am finally sure - she will return. thank you very much!

    2. Creator Ashley Mackay on February 15, 2013

      I love Sarah Hamilton's voice as well. I just started playing TLJ for the umpteenth time and I forgot how well her voice fits Aprils Character...

    3. Creator Nyk on February 15, 2013

      As the update says, it would definitely not be the same without Sarah Hamilton as April's voice. Her work in TLJ was AMAZING, and I am even more excited about this game knowing she is on board. This is huge, and I am incredibly happy about it!

    4. Creator Shay on February 15, 2013

      Just read a post for HeroU (another kickstarter project by Quest For Glory makes)
      They recommended this project, but had the following comment about the naming of the saga:
      "The confusingly-similar titles for these three games could definitely use work".
      I personally agree. I also think that a name needs to invite you to the game. Not make sense after you play it.

    5. Creator Rezo Kaishauri on February 15, 2013

      @Lee-m: You probably meant the title will make *sense* when you play the game. Very well then -- I have no issue with it in that case.

    6. Creator Gal Shemesh on February 14, 2013

      I'm currently playing TLJ once again to refresh my memory of this fantastic adventure, can't tell for which time because I played it over the over again by now. And I just got the Talisman of the Balance from Vestrum Tobias. And I was thinking of something most of you might like to have along the box of the upcoming game:

      I think that it would be great if there will be an actual Talisman of the Balance object in one of the collector's edition boxes (or that could be purchased additionally), or even the 4 pieces of the disc that can be assembled to the complete disc!

      I would really like to hear what do you think about the idea. :)

    7. Creator MichaelF on February 14, 2013

      This is awesome news! She is extremely talented, and her voice really gave life to April's character in TLJ. So glad she is onboard!

    8. Creator Lee-m on February 14, 2013

      The title will make scene when you play the game. Mr Tørnquist says so, and I make it a policy never to question a word he says as regards TLJ :)

    9. Creator Rezo Kaishauri on February 14, 2013

      Great news indeed! Her voice was certainly one of the reasons why years ago I fell in love with April Ryan.

      @Shay: I'm with you on the name. If it were up to me, I would most certainly ditch the "Chapters" part and come up with something else. I don't mind episodic games, but I don't like when it's underlined in their titles. And since, if I understood correctly, the new Dreamfall won't be episodic anymore, such title makes no sense to me at all.

    10. Creator Shay on February 14, 2013

      @Giorgos Chrysikopoulos:
      Don't know, Chapters just doesn't have the right ring to it.
      If I didn't know its origins and 2 previous gaims, I can't see how the name would've attracted me to get the game.

      @Adam Brown: I don't care about the Dreamfall prefix, "Chapters" is the issue for me here.

    11. Creator Joel Rosado on February 14, 2013

      We missed you Sarah! Crow misses you too!! :-D

      April Ryan is, without a doubt, my favorite video game character of all time. So much genuine humanity and passion in that character. TLJ was special because of how relatable April was as a person. I couldn't imagine this game without her!

    12. Creator Adam Brown on February 14, 2013

      @Shay: My interpretation would be that this game and its predecessor are "Dreamfall" chapters dealing with Zoë, while TLJ is the much longer story of April Ryan.

      But who knows; they changed the names of the collector's editions, so..!

    13. Creator Andrew Moore on February 14, 2013

      @sVnsilver Sand, Schattenjager of AGL589
      "Every horse needs a carrot. Every mouse, a piece of cheese. Incentive, Miss Ryan - all creatures need an incentive to perform tasks." :)

    14. Creator Giorgos Chrysikopoulos - Dream Traveller on February 14, 2013

      @Shay: "Chapters" refers to the Chapters of Life now, how we grow up, change, settle down, etc. (and it is said it will reflect what the protagonists will go through in the game)

    15. Creator Martin Mulrooney ⌠⌠ Order of the Goat ⌠⌠ on February 14, 2013

      Outstanding news - Dreamfall Chapters wouldn't have been the same without Sarah Hamilton. I loved her outtakes in The Longest Journey! :)

    16. Creator Shay on February 14, 2013

      I know it's pretty off topic, but I have 1 small request:
      Since dreamfall will no longer be episodic in nature, please change the name to something cooler :D

      Thanks

    17. Creator Rickard Edlund on February 14, 2013

      I too would like it if you would get the original voices for the Swedish and Norwegian versions :)
      Either way this is good news ^_^

    18. Creator Ola Lindgren on February 14, 2013

      You should do a Swedish version with Regina Lund too, she was awesome in The Longest Journey(Den Längsta Resan).

    19. Creator Laila Eikeland Knutsen on February 14, 2013

      Det var Svabø som hadde stemmen til April i den norske versjonen ja. Det klarer jeg ikke å glemme ;)

    20. Creator Øystein on February 14, 2013

      Lol, hva? det var Synnøve Svabø som hadde stemmen i spillet..?? Husker jeg helt feil? Er sikker på at det var på norsk og at Synnøve Svabø hadde stemmen.. nå skjønner jeg ingenting.

    21. Creator sVnsilver Sand, Dream Traveller on February 14, 2013

      @Stephan Vandenborn
      I love your theory about April.. makes me think of Fringe, whoever has watched that will know what I mean :).

      And I corroborate with everyone.. Sarah's voice acting added so much soul to the game :)

    22. Creator Nextgener on February 14, 2013

      only 100K left, better get ready with those Stretch Goals!

    23. Creator AstralWanderer on February 13, 2013

      @Cheyenne Campbell: "..please, get Ellie Conrad Leigh back as well!!"
      She's back - see http://alternativemagazineonline.co.uk/2012/11/06/interview-in-conversation-with-ellie-conrad-leigh-zoe-castillo-dreamfall-the-longest-journey/
      It's great to see original talent being recruited - just hope that the time elapsed (*14 years* since TLJ's release?!) doesn't mean too many having made their Final Journey...

    24. Creator Daniel J Day | Unreal World on February 13, 2013

      Yes! all the puzzle pieces are falling into place. soon it shall resemble the best TLJ game Ever! XD

    25. Creator Toff on February 13, 2013

      I absolutely love Sarah's voice performances in the series, so this is fantastic news!

    26. Creator Amber Mitchell on February 13, 2013

      I'm so excited!! I can't believe this is really happening, this kickstarter is like a dream come true. ^^

    27. Creator Deanthony Potts on February 13, 2013

      :O AMAZING! Now if Ellie Conrad-Leigh makes a return my life is complete lol

    28. Creator Jenny G. on February 13, 2013

      This gave me such a smile this morning. Awesome news.

    29. Creator Andrew Snyder on February 13, 2013

      This is great news - Sarah's performance really was the heart of TLJ.

      And many thanks to RTG -- you're doing a great job on the updates, and being open with the backers. This has been a terrific campaign so far.

    30. Creator Kostas Moschovas on February 13, 2013

      I just want to say two things and I'll let you get back to work :)

      1) This is the first time I have pledged money on a Kickstarter project. I can't begin to describe how happy I was when I found out this is happening! For a second, I almost went for the $5,000 pledge ;) Honestly, I wish I could do that, but I had to settle for the $110, which is double the budget I could spend. This is how much I want this to happen.

      2) If you get more money, please don't spend it on gifts and rewards. Just add more hours of gameplay. As long as it is of equal quality to TLJ and Dreamfall, even an extra minute will be worth it!

      Good luck!

      That is all :)

    31. Creator David on February 13, 2013

      Great News. April is still my favorite female video game character(Zoe's a close 2nd). Sarah has so much life in her voice. I remember hearing the outtakes in TLJ, and noticing how natural she sounds in character. Keep up the great work guys, hope you can get the rest of the Dreamfall & TLJ voice crew onboard.

    32. Creator Sparifankerl on February 13, 2013

      Awesome news! That makes me a very happy panda. Please let Zoe's voice come back too!

    33. Creator Gabe Leibowitz on February 13, 2013

      The game just wouldn't be the same without the original voices, so this is wonderful news. Assuming we'll be seeing April again or I may be forced to riot in the streets.

    34. Creator Alfred Lui on February 13, 2013

      The voice acting in TLJ is what hooks me the most, together with the amazing story and puzzles. And yes Crow is awesome.

    35. Creator Mico Selva on February 13, 2013

      I have no doubt that April survived the end of Dreamfall, because she learned to breathe underwater in The Longest Journey, so I'm looking forward to her adventures in Dreamfall Chapters. :-)

    36. Creator Eric Pipedream Leisy on February 13, 2013

      Well, golly - she sure better be the voice of APRIL! And yes, I have to say that I fell in love with ZOE even more then April. She was a more relatable character. BRING ELLIE BACK!

    37. Creator Jeff Willis on February 13, 2013

      YES! This is the best news about Chapters yet! So (much more) excited!

    38. Creator saluk on February 13, 2013

      I remember her voice still. I don't remember zoe's voice at all...

    39. Creator Laila Eikeland Knutsen on February 13, 2013

      For the time it was made the graphics was pretty cool. Ah, I still remember the stir when it came out and how I felt when I unwrapped it at Christmas....

    40. Creator Joanna Price on February 13, 2013

      The graphics were fine for the time TLJ was dev'd.

    41. Creator Tobias on February 13, 2013

      That is awesome! I still think that the graphics from TLJ are pretty bad, but her Voice Acting was the best I ever heard in any video game. She really brought April to life!

    42. Creator Andreas Johansson on February 13, 2013

      @RTG Would love to see Regina Lund in the Swedish version.

    43. Creator Cheyenne on February 13, 2013

      Awesome news!

      But PLEASE please pretty please, get Ellie Conrad Leigh back as well!! She made me fall in love with Dreamfall and identify with Zoe so much. She's amazing!!

    44. Creator Nick Clarke on February 13, 2013

      This is... awesome news!

    45. Creator Laila Eikeland Knutsen on February 13, 2013

      That breathing underwater thing was a permanent deal? I never thought that it could be... right, now she just needs to survive and save Kian and they can become some sort of elite team and Crow can show up and make jibes at Kian constantly cause he's jealous.

    46. Creator Clay Harrington - Dream Traveller on February 13, 2013

      "I don't know why everyone forgets that April can breathe underwater."

      *Begins bludgeoning head*

      That was still a pretty nasty stab wound though.

    47. Creator Starlock | Dream Traveller on February 13, 2013

      It would have been rather disorienting to have another voice actress play the part of April Ryan. Glad she's on board!

    48. Creator Clay Harrington - Dream Traveller on February 13, 2013

      Obviously getting Roger Raines and Ellie Conrad Leigh is also a must, but please please RT, don't forget Julia Murney! If you love us enough to have April and Emma meet again. Pretty please.

    49. Creator Jeff on February 13, 2013

      I don't know why everyone forgets that April can breathe underwater.

    50. Creator Clay Harrington - Dream Traveller on February 13, 2013

      Guys, you all know what happened. Kian, the symbol of all she hated, out of nowhere telling her he was wrong knocked her out of her despair and she was able to shift back to Stark, where she was taken to an ER. Something simple like that. She's not ready for the storytime yet.