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#1 agirlnamedbob

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 18:32

[link to KS update]

 

Another rewards update

 

Hi all,

 

We're sure many of you have been asking the same question: what's happening

with the physical rewards?

 

The good news is, we're close. The bad news is that we won't be shipping

everything at once – more on that below. First, here's what the Journeyman

Edition box looks like:

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The Journeyman Edition comes in a six-panel DVD Digipak, with the game on a

single, dual-layer DVD. It's a great-looking box, designed by art director

Christoffer Grav. Production on the boxes begins shortly, and they're shipping in

January. Different territories may see different ship dates.

 

Before we get to the rest of the update, here's a brief recap of what’s been

happening with Dreamfall Chapters in 2017.

 

We spent the first six months of the year working on two new ‘complete editions’

of the game: the “definite experience” for consoles, and The Final Cut for

desktop platforms. These were both massive projects that, not unexpectedly,

ended up taking more time than planned – but they were worth the effort.

 

The Final Cut (TFC) is the culmination of a dream we had since before Book One

was released. It was always our intent to return to the beginning and rework the

game before committing it to physical media for posterity. TFC turned out as well

as we could hope, and reflects the vision we had for Dreamfall Chapters five years

ago: one complete and continuous story divided into five acts.

 

TFC launched July 21 — right in the middle of summer holidays (in retrospect, not

fantastic idea) – as a free update. We received very positive feedback from

players, and, with both Steam and GOG promoting the re-release, we sold more copies

than expected.

 

We had planned to patch the game shortly afterwards…because when have we 

not had to patch the game after a release? Well, as it turned out, not this time.

The version on Steam, GOG and Humble is the best, most stable and optimised

version of the game. And it’s very likely that this will remain the final final cut of

Dreamfall Chapters.

 

In mid-August, we began work on the first batch of boxes, starting with the $110

tier: the Journeyman Edition.

 

At the end of September, after multiple email reminders (and attempts to get in

touch with unresponsive backers) we locked down shipping addresses. We hit a snag,

unfortunately, when the person responsible for organising and handling

backers and rewards took a leave of absence. This required some reorganisation

and changes, putting a sizeable strain on our already thinly-stretched team.

 

We’re finally back on track, and following the Journeyman Edition will be

the higher-tier boxes, containing additional printed materials and other goodies

— maps, books, USB keys. These are pencilled for production in February.

 

The official soundtrack CDs will ship separately, most likely in January. This CD

Digipak features the remastered musical score from The Final Cut. If you pledged

$50 and up, you can already download a digital copy of the soundtrack through

your Humble account. If you've forgotten how to access your account and digital

rewards, please follow this link.

 

The remaining digital rewards will arrive around the same time as the second

batch of boxes. The art book is done, and we're working on Journeys Birth and the

accompanying comic, containing several short stories that provide more context

and background to the game. We look forward to expanding the universe and

sharing our stories with you.

 

Oh, and you may have missed this one: the extra outfits and hairstyles for Zoë are

already available in The Final Cut, for those of you who backed the relevant tiers.

To access them, you'll need your forum badge key (this is also listed in your

Humble account). Boot up the game, go to 'Settings' and select the 'Redeem key'

tab. Paste the forum key into this box and click submit. If your key is valid, you

should see a message confirming the unlock. If it's not valid, please make sure

your pledge level included these rewards.

 

Finally, we’ve heard from a couple of people who never received t-shirts. While

we don’t know the reason for this — the shirts were handled by a third party —

we want to sort it out: if you pledged for (but never received) shirt(s), please

send us an email at backers@redthreadgames.com and include ’t-shirt’ in the

heading; we’ll get back to you shortly. These shirts will be different from the

originally produced shirts, but that makes them all the more unique!

 

Quite a few of you have also asked for a general Red Thread Games update:

what's the status on our new games, are we planning another Kickstarter, will we

ever make The Longest Journey Home. (Etc.) We will answer some of those

questions in our Christmas update – and hopefully share some more good news.

 

Until then, we wish you all a wonderful (and not too dark or cold, or, if you reside

on the bottom hemisphere, hot and humid) December!

 

The Red Thread Games Team


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#2 ShardofTruth

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 18:35

Thanks for this update, for the addressing the most common issues and answering questions. So all boxes higher than the $110 tier are scheduled for production in February, that's good to hear.

 

I can't wait for the Christmas update.  :)


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#3 mrKnask

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 19:24

Great update, a lot of questions answered :)

Affirmative, I will stop doing this thing that I love and makes me feel happy and follow you to our next stop
on our depressing journey, what is your command human? How will I be tested now....?

 


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Posted 05 December 2017 - 19:36

Yay! I like the box design, looking forward to getting this now. :)
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#5 MisterMetropolis

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 19:50

Exciting! The hold up with the organizer is understandable, I just wish they'd told us about it earlier instead of leaving us hanging for over three months.

 

The outfits have been in the game for four months, and all we had to was enter in our forum badge code? I feel like people would have tried that already...And they certainly could have told us that when TFC came out.


"But even if we don't reach that lofty goal this time around, we hope to some day still be able to tell this story. April's story, all of it. All that remains of it. Because it needs to be told. And you all deserve to hear it. And we would love to share it with you." - RTG, March 1, 2013

 

"Even if we don't get to $2 million, we will still look into ways of making The Longest Journey Home a reality...some day. It's a story we all want to tell, and we won't let it die.- RTG, March 9, 2013


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Posted 05 December 2017 - 20:12

the extra outfits and hairstyles for Zoë

 
I really hope that someone will show here the screenshots with this. (Please please please!! *___* ) I have a Steam version of the game.


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#7 WorldsReunited

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 20:31

I find it hilarious that these were in the game for months and they didn't tell anyone. There are two recolored versions of existing outfits and we can now wear all outfits at any point in the game EXCEPT THE STORYTIME OUTFIT, but including the classic Zoe costume from the evil twin sequence in Storytime. No separate options for hair and I didn't have the tier with accessories so not a clue if any made it in.

 

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 20:58

Thank you, WorldsReunited!
But why only two screenshots? We need more.

Please :wonk:

 

 

 
 
 


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Posted 05 December 2017 - 21:03

 

Thank you, WorldsReunited!
But why only two screenshots? We need more.

Please :wonk:

 

That's everything new. All I have to offer in addition is the same outfits from behind. Everything else you've already seen. 

 

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#10 Lihoku

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 21:10

WorldsReunited, I finally understood. Thanks again!
Can I add your screenshots on RU TLJ Wikia in the article about Zoe?



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Posted 05 December 2017 - 21:11

WorldsReunited, I finally understood. Thanks again!
Can I add your screenshots on RU TLJ Wikia in the article about Zoe?

 

No worries. Go right ahead.



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Posted 05 December 2017 - 21:17

No worries. Go right ahead.

you are a savior. thank you very much! I would have died of curiosity without these pictures x)


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Posted 05 December 2017 - 22:07

I got the highest outfit tier and mine had all those, but also had one called "Arcadian Teal" which is Zoe's Arcadia outfit recolored. I had that exact same idea, actually, to recolor her Arcadia outfit green. However, it looks like we can only put it on in Europolis. So...yeah. But we can also run outside in her underwear and the Jiva outfit.

 

The nose stud was also finally included with the Crow hoodie.

 

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"But even if we don't reach that lofty goal this time around, we hope to some day still be able to tell this story. April's story, all of it. All that remains of it. Because it needs to be told. And you all deserve to hear it. And we would love to share it with you." - RTG, March 1, 2013

 

"Even if we don't get to $2 million, we will still look into ways of making The Longest Journey Home a reality...some day. It's a story we all want to tell, and we won't let it die.- RTG, March 9, 2013


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Posted 05 December 2017 - 22:20

Glad to finally get an update and glad so far people seem pleased with it. 

 

...I, for one, am still salty af, though, so I'm just gonna keep my mouth shut. 


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Posted 05 December 2017 - 22:50

Heh, well so am I and I'm quite happy to blab. I've been on Ragnar's case since the t-shirt debacle which showed me clear as day the way he works. This entire project has been so badly mismanaged it's hard to know where to start. This is all on Ragnar. He has no idea how to sensibly and reasonably manage his own deadlines. He gives himself so many free passes, this is why it's dragging on for fucking years.

 

"we're working on Journeys Birth and the accompanying comic"

 

Oh cool. But wait, that's the thing you said was already done 2 years ago. And lo and behold it's not done. Quelle surprise. Can't believe a word this clown says.

 

Oh and no word about anything missing from the game? Like stretch goals? Hello? Anyone? Fry? Bueller? You're just going to shrug and say "Hey, shit happens in development." ? That is not good enough. That is so far away from being anything resembling acceptable. When the only thing saving you is that you were never legally obliged to do what you said, you know something is very wrong somewhere.

 

And then the crowning turd on the Christmas cake is "Oh, didn't we tell you about the outfits?" Fuck me. The only thing I've ever seen managed worse than this project is Brexit.


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Posted 05 December 2017 - 22:58

Oh, I'm still really, really salty as well about some of the things that happened, but I am actually doing a playthrough of DF:C again one last time. Just for the sake of it. For nostalgia's sake really. This despite all the problems I still have with the game. But this time I actually know what to expect. I know which parts I liked, and which parts felt completely convoluted to me, or didn't make any sense. I guess I owe it to the little boy who fell in love with these games more than 10 years ago. Plus, there is a little bit of hope that the tie-in materials, whenever they actually arrive, fix some of the problems, or at least make them less bad. I guess I just feel that I've spent long enough being annoyed and focusing on all the things that this game was not. Mistakes have been made and I would never excuse them, but I'm ready to give it one last shot. 


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Posted 05 December 2017 - 23:05

This totally made my day! Excellent update. 

 

I just wish they would provide more regular mini updates. It sounds like both the soundtrack and the bonus outfits have been available for at least a little while. These are both things people have been asking for, so I'm a little surprised we didn't get a little update to the effect of: "Hey guys, the bonus outfits are now available on Humble bundle! Here's how to redeem: [...]. We're still working on the physical rewards, update to follow." It would go so far to keep the community happy. The long silences are causing people to start expecting the worst, and it seems silly when you actually have good news to share!

 

The re-affirmation that they are still working on the physical maps, books, and USB is very reassuring.

 

 

The art book is done, and we're working on Journeys Birth and the

accompanying comic, containing several short stories that provide more context

and background to the game. We look forward to expanding the universe and

sharing our stories with you.

 

And this is great news!

 

Looking forward to checking the outfits out when I get home! 


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Posted 06 December 2017 - 11:16

I hope there will be a way to unlock all outfits. I did not get them all because of my limited pledge.

 

Edit : do buyers who did not pledge during KS and bought the full game later get all outfits ?


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Posted 06 December 2017 - 15:39

Fantastic news, I'm so happy for all the backers who can finally get their physical rewards. And all the more happy that it seems Journeys Birth is still going on, I totally gave up on it. I'll believe it when I see it, but still, the fact that they mentioned it at least (as opposed to many other stuff they didn't comment on, such as stretch goals), it looks promising.

 

All in all, I'm just glad to hear some news from RTG. Hopefully it's a start, and we will eventually reach a point of honesty.



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Posted 06 December 2017 - 16:57

I'm afraid honesty is an aspect of character, a principle. If someone shows you they don't really follow it then that's how they will deal with any difficult situation. Anyone can be honest when things are going well and there's no reason to lie. It's what you do during the hard times that shows who you are.






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