Cliffhangers are an essential tool for holding an audience's interest, but when they come at the end of a game with no answer to follow, they're devices of evil.
That's what happened with Dreamfall: The Longest Journey, an adventure game that released in early 2006 for PC and Xbox. It's the sequel to Funcom's point-and-click from 1999, The Longest Journey, and left fans wondering what was next. They never found out.
Now, the game's creator, Ragnar Tørnquist (also behind The Secret World MMO), is back with a new studio, and they're beginning independent production on a sequel called Dreamfall Chapters.
Tørnquist's studio, Red Thread Games, has “licensed the rights to ‘The Longest Journey’ universe from Funcom, and Mr. Tørnquist will spearhead development of Dreamfall Chapters while continuing in an advisory role as creative director” on The Secret World, according to a press release from previous developer Funcom.
“Ever since we ended Dreamfall on a nail-biting cliffhanger, players have been rightfully demanding a sequel, and my deal with Funcom will finally make that possible,” Tørnquist said in a statement. “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.”
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