TEAMS WORKING ON LONGEST JOURNEY SEQUEL
Funcom is excited to announce that 'Dreamfall Chapters', the long-awaited sequel to the award-winning adventure title 'Dreamfall: The Longest Journey', has gone into pre-production at Red Thread Games, a new studio founded by Ragnar T'rnquist, creator of 'The Longest Journey' saga.
Red Thread Games has licensed the rights to 'The Longest Journey' universe from Funcom, and Mr. T'rnquist will spearhead development of 'Dreamfall Chapters', while continuing in an advisory role as Creative Director on Funcom's recently launched modern-day massively multiplayer online game 'The Secret World'.
Last month Joel Bylos stepped into the position as Game Director on the myths, legends and conspiracy themed online game, allowing Mr. T'rnquist to devote more of his time to 'Dreamfall Chapters', which recently entered pre-production.
Red Thread Games will independently fund and produce the sequel to 'Dreamfall', and has entered into a revenue sharing agreement with Funcom as part of the licensing deal. Funcom owns the intellectual property rights for 'The Longest Journey', but due to the company's focus on and commitment to the development of online games, the decision was made to license the rights to Mr. T'rnquist and his new development studio. The close working relationship between Funcom and Mr. T'rnquist will allow him to continue on as Creative Director of Funcom's 'The Secret World', in parallel with putting together a team to develop 'Dreamfall Chapters'.
'I'm very excited to finally have the opportunity to continue the 'The Longest Journey' saga,' says Ragnar T'rnquist. 'Ever since we ended 'Dreamfall' on a nail-biting cliffhanger, players have been rightfully demanding a sequel, and my deal with Funcom will finally make that possible. I'm extremely grateful to Funcom for this unique and exciting opportunity, and I can't wait to dive back into the universe I helped create more than a decade ago, and continue the story players have been waiting for these past six years."
Red Thread Games will release more details about 'Dreamfall Chapters' in the coming months.
I have to say "Thank you" on this one. The first game was so elegant and beautiful and the second wasn't bad other than the fighting engine, but the ending we were left with was a big FU to players who invested a lot of time and love into the series. Glad to see this is picking back up after too many years away. April Ryan lives!
- John Breeden II