As you know, I have a love hate relationship with Dreamfall: The Longest Journey.
I loved the game, but I hated how it ended, because it made me in the end love it all the more and want for the next version. Well, good news has occured, in that Norway has found a way to keep funding the development of this saga. This time, it's through the Nowegian Film Fund giving a grant to Funcom to support R&D on the EPISODIC delivery method, and the beginning of the game itself.
The blog Joystiq is reporting that Ragnar Tornquist, the designer of both previous entries in the series has confirmed he will be writing the storey and tightly overseeing production.
When I spoke with Ragnor at E3 2006, he told me he already knew where these characters were going, and how the "Empire Strikes Back" ending of Dreamfall would be resolved. He said at that point it was based on Dreamfall sales if he'd get a chance to tell the further story. Looks like he's going to have that chance.
Durham, USA – March 1, 2007 – Funcom announces that the Norwegian Film Fund has awarded Funcom a grant which will partially finance research and initial development of ‘Dreamfall Chapters’. The grant enables Funcom to establish a core technology team which will research online-only delivery methods of episodic content, as well as lay the foundation for a later pre-production phase of ‘Dreamfall Chapters’.
The online-only business model is a natural evolution of Funcom’s strategy. Through the research Funcom also aims to find new ways of expanding the brand value of ‘The Longest Journey’, while reducing the chance of piracy. As Funcom seeks to further strengthen an already established IP, the potential for a future ‘The Longest Journey’ MMO increases.
“We will be researching an online-only continuation of the epic ‘Longest Journey’ saga, and we very much look forward to develop new chapters to the Dreamfall gaming community,” said Trond Arne Aas, CEO of Funcom. “To see the Norwegian government take such an active role in nurturing the local game development industry is impressive. In return for their trust we aim to deliver a modern adventure game with unique qualities.”
The grant is part of the Norwegian government’s active endorsement of the Norwegian game development industry. Since the inception of the program in 2004 the government has supported a wide range of games, including ‘Dreamfall: The Longest Journey’. Funcom naturally welcomes the continued cultural acceptance of computer games as a medium comparable to film and television. With the aid of the program fans can now look forward to new online chapters in one of the most popular adventure sagas of all time.
Each new installment of ‘Dreamfall Chapters’ will initially be delivered as online-only content, but there may be retail releases with combined chapters, both for console and PC, at a later stage.
Funcom will not release any additional information about ‘Dreamfall Chapters’ for the time being.