Okay, it's this simple: if you read that title and didn't immediately pull up Kickstarter's homepage in a new tab to go and search for Dreamfall Chapters, I'm forced to conclude that either you hate gaming, or else you were hoping that I'd provide a link to the Kickstarter campaign by the end of this paragraph. In which case: here you go.
Dreamfall Chapters continues and concludes the gripping story of Zoë Castillo, the Dreamer.
Revisiting familiar locations and characters, and introducing new sights and sounds, new faces, new game mechanics, new thrills and challenges, Dreamfall Chapters takes the player on an emotional, exciting and challenging journey -- from a dystopian cyberpunk future, through the mysterious and dreamlike Storytime, to the magical landscapes of Arcadia.
We aim to recapture the heart and soul of The Longest Journey and to improve on the immersion and game mechanics of Dreamfall in order to bring you a fitting, satisfying and emotional conclusion to the Dreamer Cycle.
- Experience a deep and complex storyline that continues the epic saga of The Longest Journey and concludes the Dreamer Cycle that began with Dreamfall: The Longest Journey
- Explore a beautiful, rich, detailed, interactive and living world that mixes a cyberpunk vision of the future with magical fantasy, along with a broken and decaying dreamworld
- Play as three different characters, all on journeys across worlds, through life, and into their own hearts and souls
- 3D point-and-click interface and engaging puzzle gameplay designed for fans of adventure games
This is one of those Kickstarter campaigns that you should back pretty much regardless, even if you only throw a dollar into the pot. The Longest Journey and Dreamfall, the first two parts of a powerful, epic trilogy of games that has been waiting -- pleading...begging -- over six years now for a conclusion, were masterful and influential games that anyone who cares about gaming as a form of art and a vehicle for meaning should not fail to be familiar with.
The Longest Journey arguably saved/re-kindled the dwindling adventure game genre when it was released. It was also one of the first critically acclaimed games that took genuinely mature content -- sexual themes, language, etc. -- seriously, and presented it in a way that wasn't puerile. Dreamfall, released seven years later, added some light RPG elements to the series, and shifted its focus away from April Ryan (the protagonist and player-character of the first game) to Zoë Castillo, whose actions would shift the fates of two worlds.
Dreamfall, of course, ended on one of the most depressing and gut-wrenching cliffhangers imaginable, leaving players wondering at virtually everything about The Longest Journey universe and its heroes. Dreamfall Chapters, as its Kickstarter announcement video explains, will pick right up where that all left off, plunging us back into the despair of Dreamfall's last moments right off the bat, before taking us on a whirlwind adventure to...who knows what end?
So, seriously...back this game.