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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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Update #14: Europolis revealed

During the past couple of weeks, we've talked a lot about one of our two worlds. We've shown locations from Arcadia, our magical fantasy world, including street scenes from Marcuria, the capital city of Ayrede; exploration and gameplay in the magical Riverwood; and even concept art of a Tree Spirit.

But so far, we haven't shown anything from Stark, the world of science and order; our world in the year 2220.

That's about to change. Today, we're revealing one of our key locations in Stark, and that location is:

Europolis

A vast European city-state covering the former independent nations of Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Belgium and the Netherlands. Its blackened, concrete tendrils reach as far north as the Baltic states, and as far south as Paris. Europolis is not just the dark heart of Europe; it is the filthy bowels and bloodied entrails of Europe.

We will have tons more of Europolis in the days ahead, including some brand new characters, screenshots and more lore. But today is all about our 'Europolis Revealed' video.

All the footage you are about to see is realtime, in-game footage, running in our prototype and using the Unity engine. We think you'll enjoy it.

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    1. Creator Mikael Hartwig-Karlsson on February 21, 2013

      Europolis looks great so far but I have to agree with Rendref down below that something about Zoe's face seems a bit off, granted an overhaul to better graphics of a character you've come to like a lot will allways make you nitpick. I remember feeling the same way when I saw April in Dreamfall, she didn't feel like April, even tho the previous TLJ April only had a few polygons and her face was basically a texture. Even so I think it might be the hair mostly with Zoe, Dreamfall Zoe had a much fuller hair that complemented her face well. This pulled back tight pony tail hair she has now in Chapters, I'm not feeling it tbh, you could try bringing some volume back into it. But I'm sure I can get used to the higher polygon Zoe as I did Dreamfall April. From the footage I've seen tho, seeing Zoe from a low angle as she looks up makes her look a bit derpy tbh. Think that might have to do with Chapters Zoe having a bit more angular face, chin and cheeks wheras Dreamfall Zoe has a much rounder face. Just my 2 cents.

    2. Creator treehouseartist | Dream Traveller on February 21, 2013

      Actually, perhaps the signs are part of what makes it look a bit retro. I like it, but perhaps there should be some more advanced tech as well (especially considering the recent real-world tech that is being developed nowadays, like Google Glasses, 3Doodler, Kiniect 2 etc), like interactive/responsive signs. I guess it would be tech that only the big companies would have though. I always liked how it's not just contrasts between Stark and Arcadia, but also contrasts within those areas.

      However, I just love the concept art and the quality of the footage. Very well done, I'm curious to see more!

    3. Creator davees2 on February 21, 2013

      Fantastic this concept. I really like very much the idea of Europolis along with a Newport. Very dark atmosphere, thought would't like this future, lol. And I am very proud that my country ( Czech Republic ) is mentioned there. Just I have to agree with some other guys about Zoe's look. I miss the old one from Dreamfall. Guys please, make her more similar to that one whom we liked in a previous part. I am bit afraid how they gonna make April as well.

    4. Creator Mikejames on February 21, 2013

      I like the clear diversity in atmosphere between Stark and Marcuria this time around.
      It should help in giving the transition between the two weight.

    5. Creator Rinu on February 21, 2013

      Yum!

      "Also - A vast European city-state covering the former independent nations of ...the Czech Republic ..." < --- I approve :D

    6. Creator Friederike M. on February 21, 2013

      I like the Blade Runner style! It has the touch of TLJ . Go on like this, this looks perfect! :)

    7. Creator Eric Pipedream Leisy on February 21, 2013

      wow stark sure looks great.

    8. Creator PlutonB on February 21, 2013

      Looks awesome! Makes me want to see Blade Runner again this weekend. :)

      I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in rain...

    9. Creator Neo April on February 21, 2013

      Yessss, greatings from Blade Runner. And I love Blade Runner :-))

    10. Creator treehouseartist | Dream Traveller on February 21, 2013

      @Simplex: It would be interesting to see if RTG tries to combine different languages in the signs. I think it would be only natural to show some signs (pun intended) of how the different languages have mutated by 2200

    11. Creator Raebyn on February 21, 2013

      Nice footage, thanks for showing! Some more people bowed down with grief, simply walking in their worn out coats would also be a "nice to have" - the umbrellas with straight people under them look a bit upper class to me, maybe they are - do upper class people up there also have rain tunnels now and then? I really like the combination of the cyberpunk and fantasy setting, so much potential, so inspiring. May RTG never run out of cookies and dreams.

    12. Creator Tyrel on February 21, 2013

      The image actually is high-res and can be used as a background... Just right click it and select 'view picture' / 'view in new tab' or something like that...

    13. Creator Ilja Markov on February 21, 2013

      WHATS WRONG WITH YOUR FACE???!!!!

    14. Creator Mico Selva on February 21, 2013

      Looks great! Can't wait to explore this place. :-)

    15. Creator @delamer - Drachkin on February 21, 2013

      @ Rendref
      You surely not one here, but I like her as she is :)

    16. Creator Simplex on February 21, 2013

      I noticed that the signs and neons are mostly German and English. Since according to you Europolis is partly located in Poland (and Poland is quite a large country, possibly larger than Czech Republic, Belgium and Netherlands combined) then I hope that some signs, or posters, will be in Polish. It would be a really nice touch. For Polish users. Of course, languages of other countries are welcome too :)

    17. Creator Lucas on February 21, 2013

      @Lee-m oh yes, high res background is a perfect idea!

    18. Creator Ohad Shivek on February 21, 2013

      Dreamfall chapters is starting to become a masterpiece :D
      so fantastic to see it's progress !
      I wonder if we'll get to see a futuristic prespective on some familier places in Europe..

    19. Creator Andrew Snyder on February 21, 2013

      Love the extra nuggets in the on-screen text: Bingo! branded dreams? The WATIcorp Urwatilla? What are these awesome things, and are they going to appear in-game?

      Also, I remember it raining in Newport's urban hellscape in DF. I hope Zoe packs an umbrella this time!

    20. Creator Rendref on February 21, 2013

      Oh my God please change the face of Zoe, video starts with it and I am already scared to death. Please, is there anyone else who don't like it or am I the only one who cries here?

    21. Creator Lee-m on February 21, 2013

      Given the limited time there has been to work on this its amazing progress. I NEED that image in high res for my desktop :)

    22. Creator Lewwy T - Dream Traveller on February 21, 2013

      Stunning. What I particularly like is the density of the NPC's, a lot of games don't pay much attention to what everyone else is up to in the background

    23. Creator stinusmeret on February 21, 2013

      wait Europolis also spans my home country (Belgium)? Awesome :D
      I also wonder if Europolis will have specific areas that are themed to the countries it encompasses?
      Because that would really add to the immersion factor I feel :)

    24. Creator Ninjy Tormented/OotG-KnCm/DrmTrvlr/WoOS on February 21, 2013

      This is so wonderful. I was a little afraid you'd not give Stark the same level of love as you did Arcadia, but I'm happy that fear was completely ungrounded. Wonderful work. :)

    25. Creator Stew OotG Knight/Captain Bloodcoffee on February 21, 2013

      Wow, loving the Blade Runner-esque vibes in Stark!! Can't wait to explore it. :D

    26. Creator @delamer - Drachkin on February 21, 2013

      @ Per
      LOL- the same here :)

    27. Creator @delamer - Drachkin on February 21, 2013

      Am I only one, who think Zoe looks like J.C. Denton? :)
      Nice city, BTW

    28. Creator Per on February 21, 2013

      Lovely!
      At 2m10s into the video, was i the only one thinking Gunther Hermann & Anna Navarre from Deus Ex?

    29. Creator Tomimt on February 21, 2013

      Very Blade Runner indeed. Then again, I recall a couple of jabs towards BR in the TLJ as well.

    30. Creator Gal Shemesh on February 21, 2013

      *looks! Forgot the s ;)

    31. Creator Gal Shemesh on February 21, 2013

      My god it look so vivid! Especially the movements of Zoë's eyes about the end of this clip. Can't wait, just can't wait to play it! :)

    32. Creator Yuri on February 21, 2013

      Love that dark dystopian atmosphere.

    33. Creator Colin Henderson on February 21, 2013

      Love it! Kind of MASS EFFECT-y.

    34. Creator Paweł Chojnowski on February 21, 2013

      Red, Poland, cyberpunk in one video - this sounds familiar :)

    35. Creator AstralWanderer on February 21, 2013

      "A vast European city-state covering the former independent nations of Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Belgium and the Netherlands..."
      So what happened to Norway then? :) And will we be able to more fully savour the Europolis atmosphere by - say - visiting the bars and "dance halls"? (speaking as someone frustrated at not being able to have a closer look at Newport's bars in Dreamfall...).

    36. Creator whitegreyblack on February 21, 2013

      I'm also reminded of Omikron.

    37. Creator Lucas on February 21, 2013

      gah, I love the updates and can't wait to see more locations from Stark! the only thing I can't get used to is new Zoë appearance... maybe it's just me being fussy but she doesn't look like Zoë from Dreamfall :( anyway big thank you for the Wonkers the Watilla edition, too bad it doesn't consist of printed map but I love it and pledged some of my savings :)

    38. Creator James Clayton on February 21, 2013

      Nice! I love Christer Sveen's art. Any chance of a highres version of that picture?

    39. Creator jorlinn on Linux on February 21, 2013

      Allright, this looks enticing (to play that is, not to live in mind you). It does look a bit too much 80 s to my taste. Still, the 80's was the age of punk, so that makes sense in a way.. The symbols used remind me more of the 30's though. Strange mish-mash...but I like it.

    40. Creator ostubash on February 21, 2013

      Graaaaaaaand.

    41. Creator Cyberbard | Shift Happens on February 21, 2013

      I'm speechless. This is FANTASTIC!

      The best thing is that I'm actually convinced they can realise all of this, without spreading themselves too thin across the two worlds and their different locations. Because there is no combat (etc.) to take up all the development time. I'd say creating environments and models, along with story and puzzles are the four major pillars of development here. I'm positive the environments will receive a huge amount of love in this game!

    42. Creator Márton Marczell on February 21, 2013

      Looks very much like the downtown areas in TLJ. "Inner Circle", was it? Oh, that's a reggae band :) Metro Circle.

    43. Creator Maus on February 21, 2013

      I always thought we (the Dutch) would go down the drain. :P
      I really love the Cyberpunk and yet Blade Runner-esque vibe that's going on there!

    44. Creator Leo on February 21, 2013

      Very rich dystopian environment! Reminds me of Earth in the movie Avatar. A really nice contrast to the beautiful Arcadia! Very well done!

    45. Creator James H. on February 21, 2013

      Needs some Vangelis in the background and then you're set. XD

    46. Creator Stephan Cho on February 21, 2013

      You guys really outdid yourselves with this update. What a great video.

    47. Creator Laila Eikeland Knutsen on February 21, 2013

      The music is the same that played when you broke into the factory in Russia during Dreamfall.
      And what a bleak future... glad I won't be alive to see it if that's where things are headed!

    48. Creator Victor on February 21, 2013

      Very nice art ! I would gladly make it my new desktop, if you don't mind posting a higher res version :)

    49. Creator Matt on February 21, 2013

      I might be wrong but the song used is from either Newport or Wati Corps right?

      Either way, thank you you definitely are making me feel like I am pledging the right amount. Can you say how much PayPal is pledging at the moment?