In the gaming section of Kickstarter, there’s one genre that usually trumps the 66.66% fail rate of that crowd-sourcing site. Namely, the nostalgia genre. People have already pledged cash to an old school hope for the new Double Fine Adventure, while The Wasteland 2 is coming along nicely, with some new footage showcasing that success story perfectly. And now, gamers might want to prepare themselves to once again take The Longest Journey.
The original game, released back in the ancient CeeDee age of 2000, was set across parallel dimensions, with magic and technology dominating these universe as driving forces. But it was the fact that the lead character, April Ryan, was a more fleshed out protagonist than what gamers had been used to previously, that really gave the game some high praise. Back then, such digital actors were merely breast-enhanced gun-wielding toothpicks. In The Longest Journey, Ryan was someone that we could become emotionally attached to as she embarked on her adventure.
Coupled with a quest that lived up the title (FOUR CDS MOTHER-LOVERS!), the game became a cult hit, and was followed by a sequel in 2006, Dreamfall: The Longest Journey. Since then, we’ve heard nothing about the new adventures of April Ryan, but Red Thread Games wants to change that. As is the case with all aspiring developers with an older property under their belt, they’re taking to Kickstarter for a third game set in those multiple universes.
Focusing on Zoë Castillo again from the first sequel, Red Thread is aiming to mix the old with new, by combining the themes set forth in The Longest Journey with the gameplay of Dreamfall. They’re calling the project The Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey, and as of writing, they’ve hit over $588 000 of their $850 000 goal. With 27 days to still go. Here’s the brief from the Kickstarter site, as well as a promo video in case you don’t feel like clicking this hyperlink:
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
? 3D point-and-click interface and engaging puzzle gameplay designed for fans of adventure games
? Play as three different characters, all on journeys across worlds, through life, and into their own hearts and souls
It’s clear that a third TLJ game is going to be made at this rate. And that makes me nostalgically happy right now. Now enjoy the concept art for this upcoming game! Enjoy I say!