There will be five episodes, or “books” in total. Book One is called Reborn.
Here’s what Ragnar Tornquist of Red Thread Games had to say about this on Kickstarter:
When we first conceived of a sequel to Dreamfall, eight years ago, it was as an episodic game: divided into chapters, we named it…Dreamfall Chapters.
(We’re nothing if not staggeringly inventive.)
Returning to the drawing board in October 2012, the first thing we did was abandon the episodic format — partly because we didn’t yet know the scope of what we were making, and partly because that’s how we’ve always made games.
We did keep the ‘Chapters’ name: despite changes to the business model, the game’s structure and themes remained unchanged.
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.
This autumn, Red Thread Games will release Dreamfall Chapters Book One: Reborn — the first of five episodes — on PC, Mac and Linux.