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Feature: Don't be a wet blanket, eh?

Draugen review

Draugen has definitely reaffirmed my belief that any era before the present was a more annoying time to be alive. Just, the logistics of it. In this case, the 20s seem to have been an absolute waste. Imagine getting a letter confirming you’re going to stay with someone, sending a letter back, and then travelling for an actual month just to get there. And then…

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Draugen lands on Norwegian shores today

Scenic and spooky "Fjord noir mystery" Draugen is out now. The latest from Red Thread Games (Dreamfall Chapters) and Ragnar Tørnquist, it's an exploration adventure set in and around a seemingly abandoned coastal town in 1920s Norway. Player character Edward is a nervous, bookish American who avoids travelling even outside his own library, but when his sister goes missing, him and his young ward Lissie head…

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Draugen departs to unravel nordic mysteries next month

Scenic Norwegian mystery Draugen might have missed its original 2015 release date a tad, but judging by today's story trailer, it hasn't suffered for its extra development time. Now due out next month, Red Thread Games and writer Ragnar Tørnquist (The Longest Journey, The Secret World) are ready to show a little more of their 1920s investigative adventure. Amusingly described by the developers as "Fjord Noir",…

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Dreamfall Chapters devs reveal Norwegian mystery Draugen

"We first announced Draugen in 2013--perhaps, in retrospect, a bit premature--with a highly optimistic release date of 2015," writer and creative director Ragnar Tørnquist (of The Longest Journey and The Secret World fame) said today. "This obviously didn't pan out quite as expected." It did not. However, Red Thread Games are now confident that the first-person explore-o-mystery 'em up set in a 1920s Norwegian coastal…

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Dreamfall Chapters fancied up with The Final Cut

The saga of The Longest Journey is now well and truly over, now that the adventure series's final instalment Dreamfall Chapters [official site] has received a 'Final Cut'. This free update brings Dreamfall Chapters PC into line with the console versions, which were released later and fancier. Features of The Final Cut include "improved" graphics and sound, performance boosts, bug fixes, and neat bonuses like…

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Dreamfall Chapters getting fancified in ‘The Final Cut’

The final episode of Dreamfall Chapters [official site] may have arrived in June 2016--also tolling the end of The Longest Journey--but developers Red Thread Games aren't done with their adventure game quite yet. They've announced plans to revisit and tweak Chapters with 'The Final Cut', an update bringing extra prettiness and gameplay adjustments to bring the PC version in line with Chapters' upcoming console releases.

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Dreamfall Chapters Closed, The Longest Journey Ended

This is the end, my only cyberfriend, the end. Episode 5 of adventure game Dreamfall Chapters [official site] launched last night and, unless something strange and wonderful happens, that will likely be the end of the whole thing. It's the end of Dreamfall and it's the end of its overarching series The Longest Journey.

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Dreamfall Chapters Ending Longest Journey Next Week

The fifth and final episode of Dreamfall Chapters [official site] will arrive next week, developers Red Thread Games have announced. It's the end of Dreamfall and likely the end of The Longest Journey too, the end of it all. It has been quite a long one: six months since Book Four came out; one-and-half-years since Book One; three-and-a-bit years since the Kickstarter which made this…

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Dreamfall Chapters: Book Four Coming Thursday

Devoted dreamers, have you finished replaying the first three episodes of Dreamfall Chapters [official site] since their upgrade to Unity 5? Oh for... you've had days, literally days. It's almost like you don't care about being the dreamiest, most dreamingest dreamer dreaming round these parts. For shame. Well, you've got another few days, as Book Four of Red Thread's episodic adventure isn't coming until ooooh…

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Dreamfall Chapters Engine Upgrade Boosts Performance

Good news: Dreamfall Chapters [official site] should now run better and look prettier for you. Developers Red Thread Games yesterday released a hearty update boosting it from Unity 4.6 to version 5.2 of the engine, which brings better performance, nicer lighting, 64-bit support for folks stuffed with RAM, and more. The first three episodes are now shunted over to Unity 5, and future eps will…

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Page Turner: Dreamfall Chapters Book 3 Released

The release date was announced at short notice so you may not have noticed: Book Three of Dreamfall Chapters [official site] came out last night. It continues the story two months later, so hey - it's kinda like the characters have been waiting for this next episode too. The adventure game's also on sale at half-price to celebrate the launch, down to £12.09 on GOG…

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Book 3 Of Dreamfall Chapters Out This Week

Red Thread Games have finally announced the release date for the next episode of the Dreamfall Chapters [official site] series. Book 3, subtitled Realms, will be available to download on Thursday, June 25th. The news comes alongside (or maybe through?) a new trailer, which gives a glimpse of what to expect from the upcoming chapter/book/episode.

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Nip/Tuck: Dreamfall Chapters Redesigns Main Characters

The art of retcon is difficult to master but in the spirit of Happy Days' Chuck Cunningham, who disappeared up the stairs in Episode 1 and was never seen again, the developers of Dreamfall Chapters [official site] have redesigned the game's main characters for Book Three: Realms. The character design for Kian and Zoe has evolved over the past few installments in the series, although from…

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Feature: The Balance Is Shifting

Dreamfall Chapters Book Two – Rebels review

Conspiracies, rebellion, prejudice and resistance. The worlds of Dreamfall [official site] are on the verge of cataclysmic changes and every decision could tip the balance of power. Dreamfall Chapters Book Two continues a fine story but something is lost between the page and the screen.

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Feature: The beginning of the end

Dreamfall Chapters – Book One review

When you spend so long hoping for the continuation and conclusion of a story that was part of your earlier life, it's a bittersweet relief to hear that the waiting is finally over. Parting is such sweet sorrow and all that, but it's beneficial to have some closure. The Longest Journey began a decade and a half ago and Dreamfall Chapters marks the end of…

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The Book Starts Here: Dreamfall Chapters

Dreamfall Chapters always sounded like an episodic game thanks to the second word in the title right there. 'Chapters' are separated from one another in a way that seems more distinct than pages or paragraphs. The use of 'Chapters' was, as I understand it, in keeping with an idea of progression and storytelling rather than separation though. Whatever the semantics might be, Dreamfall Chapters will…

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Reborn: Dreamfall Chapters Split Into Five Episodes

Fun fact: when it was first conceived, Dreamfall Chapters was going to be an episodic series. Thus, the name Dreamfall Chapters. Before long, however, man of so many yarns that cats are magnetically drawn to his face, Ragnar Tornquist, decided the plot necessitated "one big meaty game with a fully story and a full conclusion." Apparently, though, the game outgrew that model too, so now…

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Feature: Nordic nightmares

First Look: Investigating The Horror Of Draugen

Ragnar Tørnquist describes Draugen as the game at the heart of Red Thread Studios. That’s something of a surprise, considering that a script and concept for Dreamfall Chapters have existed in his mind (and on various hard drives) for more than a decade now. The Nordic horror/mystery will be his new team’s second release and, as he explained to me during a recent visit to…

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Feature: Journey's End

Hands On: Dreamfall Chapters

Dreamfall Chapters opens with a series of nightmares, wasting no time before informing the player of the high stakes and gravity of its multi-threaded plot. It’s a personal story, of family and sacrifice, but the potential consequences are cosmic. In truth, it’s not a single story at all, it’s a collection of stories within stories and about stories, taking the disparate worlds of The Longest…

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Dreamfall Dev Debuts ‘Gone Home Meets Amnesia’ Draugen

It's easy to forget that Red Thread Games is working on anything other than Dreamfall Chapters because, well, Dreamfall Chapters. But last year, the viking-est man in game development, Ragnar Tornquist, and his band of merry yarn-spinners announced first-person survival horror adventure Draugen, which does not sound much like Dreamfall at all. Tornquist has instead opted to plant its ragged bones between Gone Home and…

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