Yet another Kickstarter indie success story is making a beeline for the PlayStation 4, this time taking the form of Red Thread Games' Dreamfall Chapters, an adventure game with a strong emphasis on story and choices.
Many of you are likely too young to remember The Longest Journey, a point and click adventure game that saw the player navigating two parallel dimensions in order to unravel a dangerous mystery. Last year, Red Thread Games took to Kickstarter to fund an official sequel to The Longest Journey, damn near doubling their $850,000 goal and walking away with $1.5 million to fund the creation of a new episodic adventure. The team has been hard at work on Dreamfall Chapters for over a year now, and the final product is finally starting to take shape.
Over on the PlayStation Blog, Red Thread Games Creative Director Ragnar Tornquist is dishing details on the world and concepts of Dreamfall Chapters, which will be arriving on the PlayStation 4 as an episodic adventure in the not-too-distant future.
“Dreamfall Chapters is a game about choices and consequences, about how the actions you take and the decisions you make—no matter how small or seemingly insignificant—touch the people around us, and how our lives in turn are shaped by the choices of others,” Tornquist explained. “...We're storytellers, and we believe video games are the ultimate medium for telling engaging stories. We want the story to be a fundamental and integral part of the gameplay, rather than just the backdrop.”
In The Longest Journey, players controlled a character who could travel between two worlds, or dimensions, the science-driven world of Stark and the magic-driven world of Arcadia. In Dreamfall Chapters, you will revisit each of those worlds on a quest to unravel the mystery of a terrible virus that is infecting peoples' dreams.
This time around, the story revolves around two characters. You've got Zoe, a young woman trying to get by in a mega-city controlled by massive corporations, and Kian, an assassin who has turned on his own people in order to join a rebellion. While these characters come from very different worlds, their lives and stories will intersect to make up the meat of Dreamfall Chapters, and players will be guiding them along the way.
While this latest batch of news and details comes to us via the PlayStation Blog, Dreamfall Chapters isn't scheduled to be a PS exclusive. The team has PC, Mac and Linux support lined up, as well as “next-generation consoles,” so maybe we'll here more about an Xbox One or Wii U release somewhere down the line. For now, though, the release date for the first episode is set for fall of this year, so look for Dreamfall Chapters to take you on a crazy journey sometime in the coming months with Book One: Reborn.