An update on the musical competition
We regret to announce that the Dreamfall Chapters musical competition has been cancelled. We won’t get into all the reasons behind this decision, but it is final and we will not be running any similar contests in the future.
We do understand the different points of view and the reasons behind some of the backlash, even though we also feel our intentions were perhaps misrepresented and misunderstood.
This was not an attempt on our part to commission free music for the game — we already have a fantastic score, a professional composer and some diegetic music — but rather a response to the community asking for a chance to get their music into the game. We felt this competition could benefit both the game and our fans.
We sincerely apologise to those of you who already submitted tracks: we will respond individually and personally via email. After having listened to a few of the pieces — the number of submissions after just a couple of hours was almost staggering! — we were incredibly excited about the quality and passion, and we would encourage you to share your work with our community going forward. There are a LOT of talented people out there!
We hope this incident won’t result in any negative feelings between members of our community. We urge you to respect each other’s points of view, and to listen, discuss and learn rather than throwing blame back and forth. It’s a shame we couldn’t make this work, and maybe we could have phrased things differently or asked for feedback beforehand, but we honestly had no idea there’d be any sort of controversy. We do understand the arguments, however, even when we don't necessarily agree with all of them — and we've made what we believe is the right decision, regardless of our original intentions.
Rest assured that the game will still have lots of music, that the competition was more for the fans than for filling holes in the soundtrack, and that our musical world(s) will still be lively, engaging and colourful!
Thanks again for your feedback (both positive, negative and constructive), your submissions and support — and please, please: be excellent to each other!