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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.

January development update

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Hullo everyone, and welcome to 2014, the official Year of Dreamfall Chapters! (And also horse, according to the Chinese zodiac.)

In today's mail, we have a production update, a brief T-shirt update, and some fancy new art. Enjoy!

Please note that there are light spoilers below. If you don't want to know anything about the story in Dreamfall Chapters, please tread carefully!

Production update

With the pre-alpha completed, the design team has switched attention back to the beginning of the game. Until the end of February, the focus will be on chapters one and two, iterating on and polishing the gameplay, story and dialogue for the early parts of the game.

(Chapter nil consists of two important non-interactive sequences, bridging Dreamfall and Chapters: those won't be revealed until the game is released, and we plan on completing that chapter towards the end of the production phase.)

The art team is following the same roadmap as the designers, but since most locations appear in multiple chapters, they're spending a bit more time polishing things up now before moving on. Consequently, they're a half-step behind the designers.

The latest location to receive those final artistic brushstrokes is a location we added during the Kickstarter campaign: The Enclave. After bringing that location back into the story, we realised how lovely and atmospheric it is. It's therefore grown significantly in importance, becoming the headquarters of the rebel movement in Marcuria.

Here is an early piece of concept art from the Enclave.

In this in-game screenshot — taken straight from the Unity engine — a couple of the rebels are conferring at the Enclave. The girl on the left is Enu-Mar Sand'ya, Twilight Child, Daughter of Te'a-Mar; a very important new character in Chapters. The gentleman on the right will be familiar to Dreamfall players: he was once known as Blind Bob; or, more accurately, Theoretically Blind Bob. What his name and role is in this game, we won't spoil.

And the bird on the left? Why, that's only the second best game sidekick of all time: Crow!

Contrary to rumours, he didn't kick the bucket in Dreamfall; he's not an ex-bird, pushing up the daisies. Crow's back, baby, and he's the same old Crow. Sort of. Things happened in the previous game, and Crow will never be quite the same. But he's still funny, sarcastic, inappropriate and, well, Crowy. (Crowish? Crowesque?)

Also, Crow's looking better than ever. We'd argue that he's the best looking talking bird sidekick in any game ever made. And as solid evidence, we present this brief, never-before-seen in-engine animation of Crow crowing, all birdlike:

The Crowmancer (YouTube link)

Groovy! And don't worry: he'll have a lot more to say in Dreamfall Chapters with proper words and stuff (once we've actually recorded his dialogue).

Friar's Keep walkthrough

Just before Christmas, GameSpot featured an exclusive video walkthrough with almost thirty minutes of gameplay from Friar's Keep, the jail where Kian Alvane has been incarcerated since the end of Dreamfall.

That walkthrough is now available in HD quality via our official YouTube channel (subscribe!), and (by popular request) we've also posted a second, commentary-free version of the video, for those of you who want to hear all of the dialogue (some of which is still placeholder and work-in-progress):

Friar's Keep walkthrough with commentary track (YouTube link)

Friar's Keep walkthrough without commentary track (YouTube link)

Tee-shirts

What's going on in the ongoing saga of the backer T-shirts? Take a gander at this, gang:

With the help of our close friends and Polish partners at ImagiNation, we've finally been able to produce these beautiful shirts:

And pack them into these beautiful cardboard boxes:

We don't have a final ETA on when they'll be delivered quite yet, but it obviously won't be too long now. Huzzah!

New website and forum

Some of you may have already noticed that the Red Thread Games website has received a facelift, and that there's a brand new forum in place.

We haven't gone out and advertised the new forum yet, since it's still in open beta, but we'd like to invite everyone to create an account — unfortunately, you won't be able to use your old forum account, due to technical issues and the enormous amount of spam-bots — and take part in the new-and-improved discussions at:

https://redthreadgames.com/forum/

With fresh security measures and better policing and moderation in place, we hope and trust the new forum will be well protected against spam and bots. And with the forum finally hosted on our own servers, we'll be able to integrate it better with customer support and other key services in the future.

Ta-ta!

That's it for now, folks! We hope this update has been informative and interesting. We'll be back next month (if not before that) with another look at the Dreamfall Chapters development.

Until then, take care and thanks again for all your questions, comments, support and engagement. As always, we are happy and grateful to have you all onboard for this amazing ride!

Team RTG

Comments

    1. Creator The Evolutionary on March 31, 2014

      There is news coming that is leaving a bad taste in Linux supporter's mouths: Projects that reach Linux stretch goals being given indeterminate times for (or even starting on) the Linux version of games they paid for. Few KS projects get released on time. The average release date for KS game is 1-2 years late (not a big deal I guess), but please try not to do the "we'll get the Linux version out eventually" like Jane Jensen and a couple others are doing. (9 months are being estimated for Jane Jensen's Morbius if ever) I see a bunch of people who no longer want to support games promising a Linux version because they feel there are a lot of not so honorable game developers on KS. Please don't let us down. Many us backed this who are are counting on their Linux versions in a reasonable time frame. We bank on people's integrity here at KS (literally). If it's late, at least plan for a definite release (within 3-4 months we'd be happy with) of our Linux versions after the MS Windows/Mac versions. Anyone releasing the Linux version simultaneously with the others gets extra points in my book Thanks in advance.

    2. Creator Andrew on March 26, 2014

      So, those t-shirts have been sitting in those boxes for two months now? :D

    3. Creator Bryce on March 26, 2014

      Where is an update? 2 months and nothing. Did the beer money run out? ;-)

    4. Creator Craig McKernan on February 16, 2014

      Thanks always enjoy these awesome updates and your transparency.

    5. Creator Maxwell Horse on February 12, 2014

      Regarding Zoe's new face, I know some effort has been made to change her back slightly to how she appeared in Dreamfall, but would it be possible to go even farther? I know some backers like the new look, but to me it's almost like a completely different character now. She wasn't exactly unattractive in Dreamfall, nor did her features seem implausible, so I'm not sure why the change is being received as an improvement. She felt like a specific, unique character in Dreamfall, whereas now she feels more generic.

    6. Creator Tina Bryntesen - Dream Traveller on February 1, 2014

      @Palindrome Bob: The t-shirts are sent separately anyway, since it's from a separate location etc, and everyone has paid for the additional shipping anyway. I suppose it would be harder for RTG to organize it so that it arrives together with the game.

      Rakel said on the new forum that the t-shirts are VERY close to hitting the post office. And that it's still quite a lot of logistics involved but that "T-SHIRT IS COMING" :D

      @Russel: Badges still aren't there, and no estimate on when they will be implemented, but they are working on it. Some people are very impatient about the badges, so hopefully it won't be too long.

    7. Creator Zdenek "Alcarmo" on January 31, 2014

      Great news! Thank you, thank you!
      I´m always sooo excited when I see new e-mail about DC update, it forces me to stop doing everything else and concentrate just on this beautiful bunch of new information :-)
      And even if I didn´t participate much in the original forum (what was wrong with me? :O),
      I would like to change it in the new forum so I can feel to be part of this magic (and scientific) world in more intense way :-)

      Can´t wait for T-shirts,
      can´t wait for how many fans will be put in Crowma by Crow´s new fancy look (:-D),
      can´t wait for the game itself!

      RTG rules ;-) thx, take care and cya

    8. Creator firesock on January 30, 2014

      Please drop a message/email around before t-shirts so I can check where I am at the time!

    9. Creator Palindrome Bob-XSF-I'm in AGL589-BG5.22 on January 29, 2014

      T-shirts in a separate shipment? No need for me, I can wait for it to come when the rest of my rewards ship.
      ### Member of the Pinkerton Road Cavalry ###
      ### Dreamfall Traveller ###

    10. Creator Russell Deitch on January 29, 2014

      Thanks for the tip, Tina. I'm now on the new forum. What about badges?

    11. Creator Tina Bryntesen - Dream Traveller on January 29, 2014

      @Kraken - The new forum is the redthreadgames/forum one. The old one (undreaming) will slowly die for now, so people have time to move over.

      And yes, the new forum also includes a Draugen subforum. But we already talked about Draugen on the old forum, it's just going to be more organized now :)

    12. Creator Rinu on January 28, 2014

      Oh noes, I knew I should have bought the T-shirt :'(. It looks great.

    13. Creator James Clayton on January 28, 2014

      Wow, based on my experience with Gone Home; Sir, You Are Being Hunted; and Kerbal Space Program, I'm guessing my 2012 MacBook Pro will struggle with Unity doing stuff that pretty. Better get saving!

    14. Creator bloodraven43 tormented Weresheep on January 27, 2014

      nice update...cant wait to play this game and start a longest journey home kickstarter asap...lol

    15. Creator Kraken on January 27, 2014

      Wait so now there is two official forums for the game:
      http://www.theundreaming.com/forum.php
      and
      http://redthreadgames.com/forum/ > DFC

      Which one is it?

    16. Creator Mikael Hartwig-Karlsson on January 27, 2014

      Loving the look of Crow, spot on! Also Enu-Mar Sand'ya looks real nice, she looks like a character you can instantly bond with in game, tho I guess that all depends on her personality xD

    17. Creator Tomimt on January 27, 2014

      Everything is looking so nice. And Crow, nice to see him on his feet again.

    18. Creator Václav Kosán on January 27, 2014

      Great news! And what about forum badge?

    19. Creator Jeremie Lariviere on January 27, 2014

      Awesome update, thanks!

    20. Creator Philip Pod on January 27, 2014

      Very informative update. Thanks! Crow is looking stunning!

    21. Creator Christine - Dream Traveller on January 27, 2014

      BEST UPDATE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Yay for Crow. They lied he's the best side-kick not second best! Crow is second best to nobody... except maybe the person he's side-kicking. But love Crow so much and so many interesting hints.

      And SHIRTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Soon(tm), very soon(tm). Bwhahahahaha.

    22. Creator Andrew Snyder on January 27, 2014

      So, I think you may have mentioned this on Facebook, but Enu is NOT the third playable character, right? When I hear things like "Twilight Child," I start to wonderin'...

      Great update! Crow is lookin' good!

    23. Creator Thomas Richard on January 27, 2014

      Yay! Cool updates on the game. That girl in that last game picture look interesting. Don't think I've seen that race in the previous games.... Also, YAY! T-shirts in boxes! :D

    24. Creator Liv Leech on January 27, 2014

      Crow looks beyond brilliant. Also I must have one of those t-shirts, otherwise my life will not be complete since I am a librarian and a fan of Crow.

    25. Creator Helena on January 27, 2014

      Good to see that things are progressing well. I don't think I ordered a T-shirt (unless one comes automatically with my pledge), but they look very nice anyway. Any chance we might finally get our backer badges on the new forums? ;-)

    26. Creator VondeVon on January 27, 2014

      It's very cool to see actual news of actual progress on actual gameplay, instead of just convention stuff! Whoo hoo! Now I need to go re-play the first two games because a lot of that went over my head...

    27. Creator Pyragor on January 27, 2014

      DAT CROW !
      I am so so so so [...] so so excited about this game.

      I mean... DAT CROW !

    28. Creator Claude M. on January 27, 2014

      "What's going on in the ongoing saga of the backer T-shirts?" Woah careful, you can't use the S word anymore in this context... ;)

    29. Creator Tore Mygland ~~Dream Traveller~~ $6.13 on January 27, 2014

      Loving the Crowster! #crowprance

    30. Creator RogueDarkJedi on January 27, 2014

      Ooooooh, I'm excited! Keep up the good work!