Pre-production begins on new game in The Longest Journey saga
A sequel to the award-winning adventure title Dreamfall: The Longest Journey is on the way.
Pre-production has started on Dreamfall Chapters at Red Thread Games, a new studio founded by Ragnar Tørnquist, creator of The Longest Journey series.
Red Thread Games has licensed the rights to The Longest Journey universe from Funcom, and Tørnquist will lead development of the new title, while continuing in an advisory role as creative director on Funcom’s recently launched modern day MMO, The Secret World.
“I'm very excited to finally have the opportunity to continue the The Longest Journey saga,” said Ragnar Tørnquist.
“Ever since we ended Dreamfall on a nail-biting cliff-hanger, 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 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 IP rights for The Longest Journey, but due to the company’s commitment to the development of online games, it has decided to to licence the rights to Tørnquist and his new development studio.
Last month Joel Bylos stepped into the position as game director on the myths, legends and conspiracy themed online game, allowing Tørnquist to devote more of his time to Dreamfall Chapters.
Dreamfall was released in April 2006 on PC to throws of critical praise and become a cult hit among PC gamers.
A Dreamfall sequal has been discussed by its creator as long ago as 2007. It was planned as an episodic release and would address many of the plot holes and questions fans had after playing Dreamfall. However, in 2009 Funcom’s director of communications Erling Ellingsen said the game had been put on “indefinite hold”. Since then, little had been herd until it surface again today.
Red Thread Games plan to release more details about Dreamfall Chapters in the coming months.