Teatime Of The Soul: The Long Dark Early Access

By Ben Barrett on July 15th, 2014 at 8:00 pm.

I’d somehow entirely forgotten the startlingly beautiful The Long Dark in the glut of survival games that have made the rounds recently. It’s rarely my genre, offering too much freedom with too little to do, never mind the endless promises their development cycles present. The Long Dark looks to have a precise mix though, an exquisite cocktail of post-apocalyptic backstory, incredible art style, and actual plot that make it tempting. If you missed the Kickstarter, you’ll now have an opportunity to grab it on Early Access come September.

Skipping joyfully through the endless snow in tandem with the news is a trailer, showing some more ever so brief glimpses of in-game environments. Mr. Plow your way through to it below.

While normally I’m not a fan of trailers with more establishing shots than The Thing and a voice over that could be explaining just about any random game’s backstory, it’s still got me. So pretty.

I’m disappointed it didn’t show actual gameplay, given that backers have had a Sandbox alpha since June, and that’s the mode Early Access buyers will get at first (a Story mode’s due with the full release). September’s not all that long off and, with all the competition, they’ll need to draw people in with everything they can show. There’s to be a livestream of parts of the game tonight, which will hopefully shed more light on things.

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15 Comments »

  1. PopeRatzo says:

    If you missed the Kickstarter, you’ll now have an opportunity to grab it on Early Access come September.

    Jesus wept.

    • PDP-8e says:

      We should frame all this stuff so that in the far, far future people can see it, and when they say “Well this is quite rubbish isn’t it, this Early Access thing and Kickstarter’s a bit silly too.” we can tell them that we, also, thought it was quite rubbish.

    • secuda says:

      How come? atleast its one of the more intressting Early access. its not going to put those whom backed on kickstarter in any awkward situation (other then a sheap sale).

    • Lars Westergren says:

      If it produces good games, who cares? Beats the homogenized AAA chasing of the big publishers.

    • Phasma Felis says:

      From the way you people go on, anyone would think they were forcing you to fund them at gunpoint.

  2. BarryAllen says:

    I’m getting real tired of Kickstarters and Early Access

  3. Diziet Sma says:

    Oh god, that pun…. you win good sir!

  4. jpm224 says:

    I got excited, and then I saw “come September”.

  5. NooklearToaster says:

    I thought this was going to be a Dirk Gently adventure game.

    I was so excited.

    You’ve dashed my hopes quite expertly.

    • zind says:

      Logged in to say much the same thing D:

      • Gap Gen says:

        In any case, TLDTTOTS is a reference to The Dark Night of the Soul, which in turn is a hat-tip to Christopher Nolan’s lovesong to far-right vigilantism.

    • MacTheGeek says:

      I would spend very many currency units on a Dirk Gently game.

      A proper Dirk Gently game, mind. One in which the fundamental interconnectedness of all things is key to the gameplay.

      Also, there should be a Rain God.

  6. Safari Ken says:

    I love the survival genre, and I’m glad that it’s enjoying a little time in the sun (so to speak), but THANK GOD there are no zombies in this one.

  7. Muffintop says:

    Trailer gives off a very ‘Fragile Dreams’ vibe. If The Long Dark is half as atmospheric as that than it could be very worth looking into.

  8. DrMcCoy says:

    Why are some of the shadows in those establishing shots shimmying back and forth?