Dreamfall Chapters is being turned into an episodic game once more, Red Thread Games have announced. This decision, the developer said, is the result of the unpredictable nature of game development.
When it was originally conceived in 2007, the sequel to Dreamfall was to be released as an episodic title published by Funcom. After the project was re-imagined in 2012, the episodic format was dropped, but the “Dreamfall Chapters” name was kept.
However, Red Thread Games say in an update on their Kickstarter page, “the story we’re telling has turned out to be bigger and more ambitious than first envisioned.”
The update continues: “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.”
As a result, this Autumn, Dreamfall Chapters Book One: Reborn—the first of five planned episodes—will be released for PC, Mac and Linux. All Kickstarter and Paypal backers will receive all five episodes free of charge, and new customers will be able to purchase a season pass for the game via Steam, GOG and the Humble Store.
A more in-depth explanation regarding just why Dreamfall Chapters has moved to an episodic format can be found here.