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The Long Dark

2 months ago

The Long Dark launches its remastered first two episodes

The Long Dark's frozen apocalypse is just a little bit nicer to survive through this week, as Hinterland Studio have launched their 'Wintermute Redux' update for the game. After putting plans for a third episode of its story-driven main campaign on hold, they opted to overhaul what was already there. As detailed here, the story now plays out entirely in first-person with fully voiced and…

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4 months ago

The Long Dark episode 3 delayed

The third episode of survive 'em up The Long Dark's story mode Wintermute will not arrive in December as planned, developers Hinterland have announced, though the revamped 'Redux' versions of the first two should hit next month. The reason for the delay is good news, really: they've picked up new team members and a 36-camera motion capture setup from recently-closed studio Capcom Vancouver and want…

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7 months ago

The Long Dark episode 3 howling into December

The third episode of snowy survival sandbox The Long Dark's story campaign is due to launch in December, developers Hinterland Studio announced last night, alongside revamped versions of its first two. Hinterland are making the opening chapters less linear, see, to reflect the planned structure of episode 3 - and address some criticism. Our episode 2 review in particular took issue with the linear quest…

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8 months ago

The Long Dark adds new wilderness to explore, manual cooking and haunted computers

Frostbitten survival adventure The Long Dark is one of the best in the genre, so says our boy Adam. On top of offering its own uncompromising vision of humanity pushed to the brink (all without a single zombie, alien or robot), it now has a steadily evolving main story arc that's being released one episode at a time. While today's free Vigilant Flame update doesn't…

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2 years ago

The Long Dark gets fixes aplenty in string of patches

Before Pip sashayed down the RPS treehouse ladder (it can be done, trust me - she's magnificent) and into the weekend, she left a series of Post-it® notes highlighting a string of patches released for The Long Dark [official site] since the singleplayer survive 'em up left early access and launched this week. Having licked the spilt jam off the notes and removed the Derek…

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Feature: The best bargains

Steam summer sale: our giant recommendations list

The Steam summer sale is in full blaze. For a while it even blazed so hot that the servers went on fire and all the price stickers peeled off the games. Either that or the store just got swamped with cheapskates looking for the best bargains. Cheapskates like you! Well, don’t worry. We’ve rounded up some recommendations - both general tips and some newly added…

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The Long Dark story mode starts with August 1st launch

Apocalyptically icy survive 'em up The Long Dark [official site] will start its story campaign and leave early access on August 1st, developers Hinterland Studio have announced. The 'Wintermute' story will see a pilot try to find his partner and learn what's going on as the world goes to icehell, and comes in five episodes - the first two of which will be available at…

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The Long Dark launches its biggest update of the year

It seems only fitting that icy survival sandbox The Long Dark [official site] should launch its biggest update of the year two days before the solstice. Days round my way are now below seven hours and mercy me, I'm so excited to reach the longest dark and pass on through. The 'Resolute Outfitter' update has added a new world area, a desolate land of ice…

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3 years ago

The Long Dark Adds Cabin Fever & Sandbox Challenges

One of the most wonderful things about The Long Dark [official site] is that it seems to affect different people in different ways. Take John, for example. He loves it, and has written about why on more than a few occasions. Alice, on the other hand, found she'd taken its harsh survival sandbox as far as she could pretty quickly. I fall somewhere in between…

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The Long Dark Story Mode Delayed By Further Additions

Our John is real into the sandbox mode of Early Access survive 'em up The Long Dark [official site], but while I dig its frozen setting I'm not really into surviving for survival's sake myself. So I was jazzed about December's news that The Long Dark's story mode would be coming in spring. Alas, I have to let myself down easy - breathe, Alice, and…

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The Long Dark’s Story Mode Gets First Trailer

The Long Dark [official site] is one of our favourite survival games. John has been playing it on a regular basis and enjoying his treks through the cold wilderness a great deal, despite the daft difficulty levels, which either see him starving to death within minutes of a gargantuan feast, or present no real challenge at all. That he has returned to the game so…

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Longer, Darker: The Long Dark’s New Region And More

I played The Long Dark [official site] for eighteen minutes then uninstalled it and will not return. My character skirted the shores of a frozen lake, scavenged supplies from huts, dodged wolves on the frozen ice, admired the views, then settled down in a cabin on an island to, I assumed, get smashed then top themselves. It seemed a natural conclusion in such a wonked…

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4 years ago

The Long Dark Update Doubles Terrain Size Again

Survival games can offer thrilling anecdotes when their systems coalesce, and feel like searching for meaning in a random number generator when they don't. When developed via Early Access, that's both they're strength and their weakness: they can feel empty on some playthroughs when incomplete, but each new addition can have exciting consequences that ripple through the entire design. Today's ripple is to be found…

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The Long Dark Update Makes Game Longer, Darker

Life is just swings and roundabouts, innit? The Long Dark's early access just got an enormous update so it's playable area is twice the size it was before, but the downside is that starvation now causes you to become fatigued more quickly making it harder to cross that territory. Your carrying capacity now decreases according to your fatigue, which is bad, but the game now…

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5 years ago

Teatime Of The Soul: The Long Dark Early Access

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…

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The Long Dark’s Staggering Beauty

It's not often you'll get a phwoar out of me, but: phwoar. As if the oncoming no-technology apocalypse wasn't enough to get my juices flowing, The Long Dark devs Hinterland Games have only gone and posted the most incredible looking series of screenshots. While there had been mock-ups, renders and concept art before these are the first taken from inside the engine to be released.…

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Daylight: Hinterland’s Long Dark Funded And Then Some

Kickstarter can rattle your faith in humanity a little sometimes. The Long Dark, for instance, seemingly had everything. An intriguing premise, wild ambition, and the legacy triple-A chops to pull it off. And yet, despite all that, potential backers passed it by for weeks, leaving it cold, starving, and alone. It just wanted a hug, you guys. Well, that and $200,000. Fortunately, with only a…

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First Long Dark Gameplay Footage Fills Me With Longing

We know that Hinterland's bone-chilling survivor The Long Dark sounds great, and we even know that it looks quite nice in concept art form, but there is still uncertainty. We have yet to see it move. What if, for instance, the final game is just still images with developers mouthing "woooosh" sounds as a camera pans across them? Or maybe there aren't any graphics at all.…

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Weather Or Not: The Long Dark

Hinterland Studio send word of their forthcoming game, The Long Dark, which is an episodic survival series set in a post-apocalyptic future. They explain: "The Long Dark is a first-person post-disaster survival simulation, set in the aftermath of a geomagnetic super storm that has destroyed North America’s technology infrastructure." Sounds fancy! There's more: "Gameplay emphasizes exploration to gather resources and knowledge about the world, while…

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