DURHAM, N.C. – International game development company Funcom will launch development of episodic content for its game “The Longest Journey” with the assistance of the Norwegian government.

Funcom, which has a major U.S. presence with a support operation in Durham, said the grant would help fund the establishment of a “core technology team” that will research means of delivering episodic content online. The company also said it wanted to develop means of reducing piracy.

The Norwegian Film Fund awarded the grant. How much Funcom received was not disclosed.

Funcom intends to title the project “Dreamfall Chapters.” The content will pick up where the game “The Longest Journey,” a massively multiplayer online game, ends.

“We will be researching an online-only continuation of the epic ‘Longest Journey’ saga, and we very much look forward to develop new chapters to the Dreamfall gaming community,” said Trond Arne Aas, Funcom’s chief executive officer. “To see the Norwegian government take such an active role in nurturing the local game development industry is impressive. In return for their trust we aim to deliver a modern adventure game with unique qualities.”

The Norwegian agency also supported “The Longest Journey.”

Funcom is also developing a Conan the Barbarian title that is supported by Microsoft. It is best known for the Dreamfall and Anarchy Online titles.