It's April Fool's day, which means everything you read on the internet is potentially a lie. Before we become entangled in the meta-semantics of that first sentence, here's why this first trailer for Dreamfall Chapters creator Red Thread's other game isn't a joke. 1) It debuted over the weekend, at the EGX Rezzed event. 2) Its narration contains words like "inexorably", "maelstrom" and "undulating", which are scientifically the least funny words.
The final hours of Red Thread's Kickstarter campaign for Dreamfall Chapters tolled yesterday, and the results show an impressive victory for Ragnar Tørnquist's indie studio. Backers plunked down a total of $1,538,425 to finance the return to Stark and Arcadia, making it the tenth most-financed video game Kickstarter project.
Red Thread's Dreamfall Chapters Kickstarter campaign has done an impressive job stirring up anticipation for the next tale in The Longest Journey's saga, passing the $1 million mark to achieve promised stretch goals for added lore, Mac and Linux support, and solemn-looking monkeys. With more support needed to drum up an additional $1 million in extra funding, Director Ragnar Tørnquist and Writer Dag Scheve host a brief in-game tour of the brooding cyberpunk city in a new gameplay trailer.
More than 14,000 backers have helped the Dreamfall Chapters kickstarter campaign sail past the $850,000 target with 19 days left on the clock. "Now it's OUR time to deliver," Red Thread said in the celebratory Kickstarter update post. "We promise to make the best game we can possibly make, one that lives up to your expectations and the legacy of The Longest Journey saga. A game that we can all be proud of."
"Man of Adventure," Ragnar Tørnquist and Red Thread Thread Games need 850,000 of your dollars to complete the Longest Journey saga. A Kickstarter launched earlier today for Dreamfall Chapters, and has already taken $149,476 in pledges.
Dreamfall Chapters will be a 3D adventure game that promises a "rich, detailed, interactive and living world that mixes a cyberpunk vision of the future with magical fantasy, along with a broken and decaying dreamworld." Expect many returning characters, recurring locations, and sweet release from the grip of Dreamfall's cliff-hanger ending.
Marvellous news for fans of Ragnar Tørnquist's Longest Journey series: there will be more of it! Ragnar teased the announcement on Twitter and it's been officially announced in a press release on the Funcom site. It sounds like it'll remain true to the original games. "#Dreamfall Chapters won’t be an online game," Tørnquist tweets. "It’s going to be a single-player PC/Mac adventure game through and through."
A few weeks ago I got to speak to Ragnar Tørnquist at Funcom's offices in Montreal. He's the developer behind critically acclaimed adventure games The Longest Journey and Dreamfall, and now he's in charge of The Secret World - an real world MMO that's taking everything you thought you knew about the genre and throwing it out the window. It's shaping up to be something rather interesting. For more on The Secret World, read our hands-on preview, character preview, and PC Gamer US's interview.
Funcom announced The Secret World release date yesterday, and to celebrate they've released another of their lovely CGI trailers. This one sees several of the characters from the previous videos, including milkshake katana girl and pub toilet wizard, team up against an enormous tentacled monstrosity in a gorgeous ruined city.
The Secret World will be released in April 2012. Beta registrations start next week on the 26th of August.
Ragnar Tornquist is the creative director of the Secret World, and the creator of classic games like The Longest Journey and Anarchy Online. He recently updated the Secret World blog with some passionate thoughts on narrative in massively multiplayer online games, saying that the idea that MMOs can't have story is "quite clearly, complete and utter bollocks."