Developer Red Thread Games have announced that their upcoming adventure game Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey, will be released as five separate episodes instead of as a single package.
In a post on the game’s Kickstarter page, creative director Ragnar Tornquist wrote that ”The creative process is unpredictable, however, and the story we’re telling has turned out to be bigger and more ambitious than first envisioned. We’re not on track to meet the release date we estimated a year and a half ago, and we’ve had to take a long, hard look at our schedule and budget.After much internal debate and careful consideration, we’ve decided to return to the episodic format.”
Tornquist justified the decision by saying that ”We could have made deep cuts, removed a lot of the characters, story-lines and locations — but we would have ended up with a different game than the one that’s played inside our heads for the better part of a decade, a different game than the one we’ve promised our backers”.”By releasing Book One this autumn, we hope to start generating income, all of which will go right back into improving the quality and scope of subsequent books. And by dividing our work into five standalone releases, we’re able to give each book the focus, polish and attention it needs”
Dreamfall Chapters Book One: Rebirth will launch on PC before November. So far no pricing details have been released.