Cacoethes scribendi

Age of Conan has launched, summer has arrived, I’ve been absent for way too long and it’s time to answer some questions.

So, when should I mark my calendar to play the new episodes of TLJ that are going to come out?


I know it’s a big thing to ask you to answer a letter of an unknown fan of your games, but I have no other means to find out when and how would Dreamfall be continued. I found the information that it would be released in episodic format and will answer the remaining questions. I’m interested whether it is SURE that you will release the game - is there a publisher, signed contract - and how many expectationful months are ahead of us. I know “time is a circle” but I have none of the Draic Kin to support me until that time.

How is Dreamfalls development coming along? I see your last post was a year ago. Is the same girl doing the voice for Zoe? Since shes technically still alive inside dreamcore. Also i’ve been wanting to know whatever happens to Kian. Can you publish anything new on the blog? If not about the spoilers, about how development is going?

Hello, sorry to bother you with this question, which I’m sure that hundreds of people already asked you but… there are any news on Dreamfall Chapters? I really LOVED TLJ and Dreamfall, I want absolutely want to know how the story continues… Thanks ofr your attention but especially thanks for your beautiful stories!

When is dreamfall chapter, going to be released??

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

A lot of you - a lot of you - have been asking about the status of Dreamfall Chapters and the continuation of The Longest Journey saga. So let me try and clear up some of the confusion without, hopefully, making things even more confusing.

Dreamfall Chapters - and, by proxy, The Longest Journey - isn’t Funcom’s highest priority at this point. With Age of Conan live, The Secret World staffing up in every department, and other games in various stages of development, the project is currently on the back burner - but it hasn’t been abandoned.

Dreamfall is currently available for the 360 through Xbox Live and the PC through Steam, The Longest Journey is still selling after all these years, and despite keeping incredibly busy with various other projects, I intend to continue both the story of Dreamfall (and Zoë) as well as the saga itself through other games set in the same universe, possibly between the events of TLJ and Dreamfall…and before. And after.

I have A Few Ideas.

Also, there’s stuff that needs to happen before we close the book on our characters and their collective fates. All of our characters. Including you-know-who.

Fortunately for me, and perhaps unfortunately for you, nothing will happen with either Dreamfall or TLJ unless I’m directly involved, and right now my days are packed from beginning to end with The Secret World (and a few other things that I can’t talk about), but whenever I have a moment I pull up the relevant documents and tinker a bit with What Will Be in the grand TLJ saga.

When will things move forward? I actually don’t know, but when I do you’ll be the first to know. (Well, not quite the first, but you’ll be up there.) It’ll be a while, but we’re not going to ask you to wait forever.

Will Zoë be back? Of course. Her story isn’t over, not by a long shot. She’s changed - in more ways than one - but she’ll be back.

What happens to Kian Alvane? He’s an important part of the puzzle, and he’ll be an important part of Dreamfall Chapters. He’s in a Bad Place right now, but he’ll bounce back. He’s that kind of guy.

And is April Ryan really, really dead?

If I answered that one, there’d be no incentive to wait around for the continuation and conclusion. So I’m not telling.

58 Responses to “Cacoethes scribendi”


  1. Gravatar Icon 1 Seg

    And is April Ryan really, really dead?

    If there is one thing I learned from video games, it’s that the ending has not yet been written.

    From one fellow game developer/designer to another: Congratulations on your latest release! Always a great thing to ship a title. That’s one of the reasons why our studio tires to ship on a monthly basis. ;)
    As much as I would like to see Dreamfall Chapters out the door right at this moment, I fully understand the issues of scheduling. About all I can say is I hope the stars align sooner than later.

    PS: Wordpress told me you need to update itself.

  2. Gravatar Icon 2 Shoeless Wayne Santos

    You forgot the most important question. “If April Ryan prefer cake or pie.”

    Also, saw the launch party for Age of Conan you guys threw over in Oslo. Man, just looking for ANY excuse to don the Viking Togs aren’t you people?

  3. Gravatar Icon 3 Mono

    Good to hear you’re still alive. Congrats to you guys for getting AoC out, it seems to be doing well.

  4. Gravatar Icon 4 Tyger

    He he, it’s a good thing I’m a patient person, then, no? :D
    Yet while the first statement is absolutely true, it surely wouldn’t hurt if some of us posted their blog entries a lil’ more often than once an eternity :P

  5. Gravatar Icon 5 Les F.

    Great hearing from you Ragnar! I appreciate what is undoubtedly a clever ARG devised Funcom tying in Conan launch to other titles but our cries for more TLJ/Dreamfall goodness aren’t quite the lamentations King Conan thinks are best in life. :)

  6. Gravatar Icon 6 Jason

    Well then, there’s still no guarantee that Dreamfall Episodes will actually be made. If TSW is a huge success, then most likely Funcom will put Ragnar to work on expansion packs for it.

  7. Gravatar Icon 7 KHH

    O_O
    It’s alive…

    Good to see you’re still about. And still sending subtle messages and giving away small hints… Maybe.
    Like:

    I intend to continue both the story of Dreamfall (and Zoë) as well as the saga itself through other games set in the same universe, possibly between the events of TLJ and Dreamfall…and before. And after.
    (…)
    I have A Few Ideas.
    (…)
    Also, there’s stuff that needs to happen before we close the book on our characters and their collective fates. All of our characters. Including you-know-who.
    (…)
    nothing will happen with either Dreamfall or TLJ unless I’m directly involved
    (…)
    Will Zoë be back? Of course. Her story isn’t over, not by a long shot. She’s changed - in more ways than one - but she’ll be back.

    What happens to Kian Alvane? He’s an important part of the puzzle, and he’ll be an important part of Dreamfall Chapters. He’s in a Bad Place right now, but he’ll bounce back. He’s that kind of guy.

    And is April Ryan really, really dead?

    There’s acctiually a lot of information here.

  8. Gravatar Icon 8 Dan C.

    I didn’t expect to hear anything Dreamfall Chapters related until after The Secret World, so nothings really changed. But I want it bad, man. BAD. ;) Congrats with the launch of Conan. You guys rock.

  9. Gravatar Icon 9 Ophelia

    If April is really, really dead, you are going to face an army of really angry fans. Me leading them.

  10. Gravatar Icon 10 Stedmister

    Nice to hear from you Rag, I almost had a chance to be working beside you, but the position got pulled, good thing I probalbly would of hounded you about Dreamfall and TLJ everyday *laughs* well I’d like to asay to everyone waiting for the saga to continue, as I like to say and Rat Race said it best, but I like to reverse it “great things take time, but good things happen all at once.”

  11. Gravatar Icon 11 yuriko

    will my favorite character Cortez come back?? that’s my only question to Ragnar…

    and, welcome back Ragnar.. good to see you again after the long absence… just don’t leave us for another month ok?

  12. Gravatar Icon 12 Quna

    Hi. Congratulations! I think The Age of Conan will be more than just successful, I’ve searched the information in web, and for now, I’ve heard only the best reviews. I hope it’ll remain so:)
    I would also ask about Cortez, but I have no hope to get a concrete info about it, so I won’t.
    About April, of course, i am more than interested, but I will just keep guessing… And i guess… What was told about Zoe: She’ll be back because she still has a part to play, she’ll be changed, but we’ll see her:)
    P.S. No need to say wether I’m right or wrong:))
    Thank you for keeping us - HUNGRY FANS - update!

  13. Gravatar Icon 13 Ragnar

    KHH: There IS a lot of information there. Words between the words.

    Yuriko: I won’t, and it’s good to be back. Also: yes. He will.

  14. Gravatar Icon 14 Jasconius

    Zoë is not dead?
    Oh, thank god (and I’m an atheist…), actually I woke up today and, for the first time since 3 months or so, I wondered again if she was really completely erased from the story.
    I’m glad she’s not.

  15. Gravatar Icon 15 yamivalou

    Mon premier commentaire !!!
    J’ai du mal avec l’anglais mais je vais faire un effort !!!

    It’s a dream !!!

    The French fan are very happy with this revelation !!
    But “And is April Ryan really, really dead?”

    Why so much of mystery ???? :(
    I hope she is alive, she is the real principal character for us!!

  16. Gravatar Icon 16 Baryon

    Cacoethes scribendi. The itch of writing?

    This is excellent stuff, and I hope it demonstrates just how much support the TLJ/DF universe and stories have garnered, and how desperate their fans are for the next instalment. Both the TLJ and TSW forums/fora have been kept alive for swaths of time by people endlessly analysing every last titbit of information, grammatically parsing every innocent nuance of announcement, like canines chewing the last morsels of meat off a bone, so again, this post is excellent stuff!

  17. Gravatar Icon 17 Zoe01

    Hurray! Ragnar is back! :D
    “…we’re not going to ask you to wait forever.”
    Well, if that’s the case, I think we’ll wait forever :)
    By the way, Ragnar, have you seen indy 4? Ok, sure you’ve seen it, but could we hear your opinion about it? (just a few words ,plz)

  18. Gravatar Icon 18 JerichoMccoy

    If anyone has any doubts of this being made or has trouble with waiting…

    Look at Beyond Good and Evil. 5 years with nothing to go on and yet, on UbiDays, BOOM! A teaser trailer of BG&E2(And those are ingame graphics…WOOIE!).

    Keep your love of TLJ and Dreamfall alive, ladies and gents. Patience is but what of one of many important virtues (Easier said then done).

  19. Gravatar Icon 19 Crazy Clara

    Welcome back!

    Hope Age of Conan will do you good. And the Secret World.

    But, the third Dreamfall had to be your top priority in my opinion. The Longest Journey and Dreamfall were and are immensely powerful games and full attention should be dedicated to them. I won’t express my disappointment regarding this any more. I am sure you understand.

    They say this and that Clara, Clara say no problem, no problem. But when Clara want something…”NO!”

    My baby… my baby…

  20. Gravatar Icon 20 Jason

    JerichoMccoy: Well, that’s right. At least Funcom announced that they would continue the series not too long after Dreamfall was released. BG&E, on the other hand, went nearly five years without even being mentioned by Ubi.

    But projects could be canceled, even half way through development. The point I was making before was that the longer Dreamfall Chapters is delayed puts it more at risk. Anything could happen between now and then. Funcom could change their mind, or another company could offer Ragnar a boatload of money to come and work for them.

  21. Gravatar Icon 21 ravenwoods

    It is so fricken awesome to hear from you finally after months! I was keep checking these pages in desperate hope for news on Dreamfall and TSW…since AoC realeased I was tied up playing the game, so I think I am a bit later than other people to see the update!

    Anyway, thanks a bunch for dedicating this entry for TLJ! Because goddamn we need a sequel! I am so confused about how to feel about this post. I mean I am happy that you have plans for it…but so very very sad that they will be realised much later (like in 3-4 years!). I even have friens that are nagging me about when Dreamfall chapters coming…I am keep saying soon :) It is a wishful thinking really :(
    Oh well, still good luck with everything. I hope Aoc does well. It so deserves to do well. I so far am loving this game! This made me even more hopeful abut TSW since it is your baby! You rock Ragnar…you will remain as my inspiration!

    Looking forward to hear more about thnigs. Until then take care mate.

  22. Gravatar Icon 22 yuriko

    serious???

    cortez… back… in the next game???
    *faint…..

    I’m soo happy… Thank you for telling me this Ragnar, hehe

    Oh, I tried AoC at my friends house today… not bad…

  23. Gravatar Icon 23 Quna

    OH!MY!GOD! I didn’t even see that!!!!! CORTEZ WILL BE BACK! MY LOVE!!!!:D
    Oh, thank you for this, thank you so much! I’m gonna celebrate that!!!!:)

  24. Gravatar Icon 24 yogsothoth

    “I have A Few Ideas.”
    -Lost reference?

    I’m looking forward to TSW!

  25. Gravatar Icon 25 yuriko

    hehe.. now the only thing we have to do is to wait… for him..

    anyone making a fansite for cortez? seems like cortez got some fans here ^_^

  26. Gravatar Icon 26 LexXxich

    I’m so happy to hear from you! And so much news, so much news…
    Need to celebrate. Definitely.

  27. Gravatar Icon 27 NLO

    ..Was that Ragnar actually answering yuriko’s question?

    …naaaah.. Can’t be…
    or?
    :D

  28. Gravatar Icon 28 Skarntyde

    Dear God, the blog has been updated, the world has moved on – I’m not living in stasis after all! For so long I’ve struggled to stay alive in my tiny refuge - spiders and dust bunnies my only sustenance - afraid to go out in a world I’d thought ended! But no more! I’ll run to the streets, cheering! “Lament no more, Ragnar has updated! The world’s not really over! It’s going to be okay! Everything is going to be ok!”

  29. Gravatar Icon 29 Pirateguybrush

    @Seg: “If there is one thing I learned from video games, it’s that the ending has not yet been written.”

    Reading that made my day.

  30. Gravatar Icon 30 Pirateguybrush

    Generally: I didn’t mind Zoe, but to be perfectly honest I’d hope her role in the story is less significant in Chapters. Would rather like to see more of Kian though. I’d like to see April come back though. Really come back, not the bitter shell of April we saw in DF.

  31. Gravatar Icon 31 Seg

    @Pirateguybrush

    Well, I’ve learned more than one thing from video games, but that’s the most important on the list.

  32. Gravatar Icon 32 Guyra

    Yay, it’s an update! And more yay, it’s about Dreamfall! :D Too bad it doesn’t really give much more info - just a sum up. Oh well, better than nothing, I guess. ;)
    Didn’t Funcom receive funding for working on Dreamfall Chapters?

    @Skarntyde: Heisann! :D

  33. Gravatar Icon 33 jestas

    thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you for this post! we were in the water for too long, we needed this bit of air! now we can dive back down…

  34. Gravatar Icon 34 GyRo567

    And is April Ryan really, really dead?

    I sure as hell can’t take another “Jesus saves the world by sacrificing himself” allegory, can you?

    If I answered that one, there’d be no incentive to wait around for the continuation and conclusion. So I’m not telling.

    It’s the telling of the story that’s all the more interesting! You’ve done a good job so far. I’ll follow it wherever it goes as long as it keeps consistent with its own laws and allows me to interpret things in meaningful ways.

    KHH: There IS a lot of information there. Words between the words.

    The most fun kind! And the more you become aware of them, the more rewarding and fun it is to look for them. I’ve been guessing for so long now that I can’t remember whether you’ve already told us some of those things or we just theorized about them…

    Really come back, not the bitter shell of April we saw in DF.

    I think she’s had sense slapped back into her. (I’d take a stab at a pun but…)

  35. Gravatar Icon 35 Pirateguybrush

    @Seg:

    I know what you mean, but it made my day because you quoted Myst.

  36. Gravatar Icon 36 Quna

    yuriko, you’ve just gave me a good idea:) *looking for the web-hostings’ list* Good to see I’m not the only one who’s falling for this charming dragon:))
    GyRo567, do you think she’ll be back? “really” back? Some people say that it’s not possible. But i think they’re wrong. But after “I still see the same girl who walked through that door, a decade past.” Who am i to argue with a seer:))

  37. Gravatar Icon 37 toremygg

    @Baryon: I’m guessing it’s a latinization of a common Norwegian diagnosis, “skrivekløe” (”writing itch”), i.e., a desire to write (again). Which works in our benefit, of course. :P

  38. Gravatar Icon 38 yuriko

    I wonder how Cortez looked like when he was younger….*dreaming of young and handsome cortez…
    and such awsome powers ^_^

  39. Gravatar Icon 39 yuriko

    or even better… make a spin-off game about Cortez!!!

    the plot could be set when Cortez was young and didn’t know he had powers and how he learned to control it… and then he travelled to different places we have only seen little or none of in ”The Longest Journey” and ”Dreamfall”…

    that would be awsome I tell you!

  40. Gravatar Icon 40 toremygg

    @Yuriko: Somehow I doubt one of the full Kin even not knowing of its powers. ;) But we could have a Snake clone mini-game in Chapters with a four-player cooperative mode; the four Kin moving through space? :D

  41. Gravatar Icon 41 Jasmobile

    Happy to see you’re Back Ragnar!
    So, anyone here playing Age of Conan?
    I guess you’re all playing. Gotta go grab me a copy!

  42. Gravatar Icon 42 yuriko

    not all of us…

    I’m not playing Age Of Conan…^_^
    I’m playing Guild Wars, hehe

  43. Gravatar Icon 43 Guyra

    Oh yes, count me as yet another Cortez fan! (One of those who still don’t really believe he’s gone..)

    Oooh, recently found my Dreamfall again… :D

  44. Gravatar Icon 44 Naurelen

    Nice to see you back, Ragnar, and concrats with AoC.

    Well Jasmobile, I’d actualy thought of playing AoC, but atm I’ve had enough of MMO’s for the time being. I’m playing oblivion nowadays :)

  45. Gravatar Icon 45 PsyCrow

    well, i’m inspired with “nothing will happen with either Dreamfall or TLJ unless I’m directly involved” part :) it’s good to know that you, Ragnar, will be the one and only man-in-charge in tlj’ storytelling.

  46. Gravatar Icon 46 Dan C.

    Cortez, for sure. More Brian Westhouse too! I insist. ;)

  47. Gravatar Icon 47 Elise

    Great to see you’re still alive, and to see a new blog regarding Dreamfall Chapters nonetheless. I must say I was hoping we would get to see Dreamfall Chapters sooner, but I know you’ve got a lot of other projects going on, which I’m sure will be great. I’m excited about a possible sequel, in betweenquel, and/or prequel. As they say, good things come to those who wait, so I guess I will try my best to be patient.

  48. Gravatar Icon 48 Jo Berry

    Awww. I get the feeling this is the tip of the smouldering volcano that’s built up from months of patient pestering by all of us. :)

  49. Gravatar Icon 49 wandrew

    That’s the best kind of pestering! You have to have more patience than your mark. :P
    @yuriko & tore: The new White is 10 years old, and isn’t necessarily sure in all her powers but certainly knows who she is.

    And I’m playing a bit of Aoc, even though I should be waiting until Sept. I wanted to make sure I claimed all my bonus, in-game items. I’m still waiting to hear from support about getting my Rhino (and at least the bag) working, and I’m trying to get ahold of that totem from PC Gamer.

    @Ragnar: Now the TSW guys probably need a bit of love too! :)

  50. Gravatar Icon 50 edenwaith

    Thanks for the update, Ragnar.

    TLJ and DF have been about the only games in the adventure genre that have been of great interest to me in the past decade. Considering that the story isn’t finished yet (or so I suspect…I STILL haven’t finished DF yet…heh-heh), I hope that everything is completed eventually.

    Goodwill and faith can only go so far, especially when there is a business at the core of the matter. While some ardent fans and developers dearly want the series to continue, The Powers That Be will have the ultimate say if the story will be completed as another video game.

    However, even if another game does not come about, have you considered finishing the story as either a novel (either a traditional book, or perhaps even a graphic novel)?

  51. Gravatar Icon 51 theringtail

    Cacoethes Scribendi (by Oliver Wendall Holmes)

    If all the trees in all the woods were men;
    And each and every blade of grass a pen;
    If every leaf on every shrub and tree
    Turned to a sheet of foolscap; every sea
    Were changed to ink, and all earth’s living tribes
    Had nothing else to do but act as scribes,
    And for ten thousand ages, day and night,
    The human race should write, and write, and write,
    Till all the pens and paper were used up,
    And the huge inkstand was an empty cup,
    Still would the scribblers clustered round its brink
    Call for more pens, more paper, and more ink.

  52. Gravatar Icon 52 toremygg

    @Wandrew: I’ll give you half points on Whitey. :P But I’m pretty sure some of it has to be innate.

  53. Gravatar Icon 53 wandrew

    @tore: absolutely. She’s at least got her Spidey Sense.

  54. Gravatar Icon 54 Guyra

    @wandrew: Kin Senses tingling!!

    xD

  55. Gravatar Icon 55 Skarntyde

    That´s it. My final exam is coming up tomorrow, but am I reading? Am I refreshing my knowledge of semantics in preparation for the test to come? No. I am installing Dreamfall. Again.

    I hate you, Ragnar. I hate you so much.

    @Guyra: Heisann!

  56. Gravatar Icon 56 Guyra

    Skarn: Trodde du var ferdig med eksamenene på mandag eller noe, jeg..? o.O

  57. Gravatar Icon 57 Skarntyde

    Nei nei, siste var i dag. Ikke at det betydde stort, da fakultetet ikke hadde laget eksamensoppgave til meg. Det er nesten så jeg mister litt respekten for NTNU.

    Back to Dreamfall, for min del. Kanskje jeg rekker å gjennomføre det før jeg stikker hjem i morgen. :p

  58. Gravatar Icon 58 Guyra

    Ah, riktig.

    Well, perhaps I should play through it again soon myself, now that I’ve found my Dreamfall Limited Edition again, and everything.. :D

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