The Long Dark is a thoughtful, exploration-survival experience that challenges solo players to think for themselves as they explore an expansive frozen wilderness in the aftermath of a geomagnetic disaster. There are no zombies -- only you, the cold, and all the threats Mother Nature can muster. Welcome to the Quiet Apocalypse.
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Release Date: Sep 22, 2014

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Why Early Access?

***THE SANDBOX IS IN A CONSTANT STATE OF IMPROVEMENT, AND IT ISN'T FINISHED. BUYING THE LONG DARK ON EARLY ACCESS SUPPORTS OUR ABILITY TO CONTINUE IMPROVING THE GAME.*** While the game is already very stable and highly playable, the Sandbox is constantly evolving. Features and balance tuning may change from version to version. Content will be added, some may be removed, and entire systems might change or disappear. We appreciate your patience as we go through this process of evolving the game with community feedback.

We'd like to expose the Sandbox portion of the game to as wide an audience as possible so that we can derive maximum playtesting value before we launch the game "for real".

Please note that the game's price will likely increase when we launch the full release version, to reflect improvements and the growth of content during Early Access. The current price reflects the unfinished state of the game.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Our intention is to remain in Early Access until we launch the full Story Mode. We'll continue refining and expanding the Sandbox experience until we launch the first two of our five planned Season One episodes. More info on Story Mode progress, and a Sandbox roadmap here: http://hinterlandgames.com/community-update-story-mode/

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full game will offer both the Sandbox and Story modes -- i.e. the Story mode will be entirely new narrative content that lives within the Survival Sandbox. The Sandbox will also offer more content at full launch. If you buy the game on Early Access now, you will immediately get the Sandbox Mode, and will also get the Story Mode once it launches (final # of episodes to be determined).”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“We have a fully playable Sandbox mode of the game that has been in Alpha with hundreds of players for several months already. Most of our players are getting dozens of hours of gameplay, with several having played over 100 hours already!”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We are pricing the Early Access version of the game at $19.99 USD, to reflect the unfinished, work-in-progress state of the game. This price will increase when we exit Early Access and launch the full game, to reflect general improvements and increased content and play time.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We will engage the community in the Steam forums, as well as in our own Alpha forums, where we already pull bug fixing and playtest/tuning information to the betterment of the game. We will continue to do that, although we intend to devote more resources towards the community interaction aspect once we launch on Early Access since we expect the audience to grow significantly beyond the players we currently have.”
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August 25

Story Mode Progress Update

Dear Community,

The team’s been working hard on a ton of Story Mode features and content and here’s an update on some of what we've been up to since the last Story Mode update. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to really talk about Story Mode without at hinting at spoilers, so consider this a warning that there are light story mode spoilers below:

### THERE ARE LIGHT STORY MODE SPOILERS BELOW ###

New Regions

We’ve added two new regions for Episode One. One is nearly finished, and the other is being updated based on some story and mission changes, and will then be getting an art beautification pass. There are several new structures across both the new regions. Part of the new world we’ve added in Episode One is meant to help set the tone for what the world was like before “the event”. We also feel it’s important that Story Mode freshens up the existing Sandbox world for you, so in addition to adding new regions, we’re also updating the rest of the existing world.

Many of the exterior updates -- like more detailed rocks, better grass, trees, etc. -- will be gradually released in Sandbox updates. Most of the interiors -- places like the Carter Dam, the Camp Office, Pleasant Valley Farm, etc. -- have been updated with much more detailed interiors. Those interiors will be released when we launch Story Mode, so even the fans who are a lot more focused on Sandbox will be get something new to enjoy.









Episode One Playtesting

Episode One is fully playable from start to finish and we’re now doing in-house playtesting to work on pacing, flow, and polish. It’s been really interesting to see how the core survival gameplay we’ve proven in Sandbox works within a structure of open-world narrative-driven exploration. We’ve had to do a lot of tuning of various elements to find the right balance between survival and exploration. In general though, it feels really great to explore the game world while motivated by clear narrative goals -- it makes for a nice contrast to the more open-ended Sandbox gameplay you’ve become used to.

One thing that’s emerged from our playtesting is that our current Episode One is much bigger than we expected. Most of our in-house playtests have it at about 5-6 hours of playtime, which is roughly twice as long as we had originally planned each episode being. This play length is determined by what narrative beats we’re hitting with Episode One, and how we’re pacing those out with our world size and gameplay “heartbeat”. We’re trying to figure out how this impacts our plans for Season One content.



We’ve also been working on all the Episode One narrative sequences. Some of these are 2D motion-graphics cinematics, in the same style as the Story Mode teaser we released last December. Some of these are interactive sequences with full 3D characters in the world. These 3D character sequences are a huge amount of work for us because they require building all the character assets, animating those characters to dialogue, building sets for them, etc. These are the kinds of sequences that aren’t normally built by small independent developers, as they are very time consuming and resource intensive. We’ve probably been quite over-ambitious in delivering these but we feel strongly about the importance of seeing these important story characters living and breathing in the game world as opposed to being limited to non-interactive cinematics.



New Clothing

We’ve recreated all the clothing assets in the game, to better match our updated character designs. We’ve also added several new clothing items. These items will replace all the equippable clothing gear items in the game, and also be the same clothing worn by characters you meet in the world. We’re also doing some work to improve the Clothing system, by adding some new gameplay features, and a better interface. Our goal is to be able to represent the clothing your character is wearing on a kind of “paper doll” interface, so you get a stronger sense of character “customization” that way. We’d like to support this with additional character customization features (for Sandbox) in the future, as suggested in our Sandbox Roadmap, but a lot of that work is aspirational at the moment. For now, we’re really happy to be able to update the clothing assets, to help the whole world feel more coherent. It’s probable that these updated clothing assets will end up being released in a Sandbox update, rather than us waiting for Story Mode to release them.







First-Person Presence

The team’s been hard at work on improving the sense of first-person presence in the game. These updates aren’t technically related to Story Mode as we’ve decided to release them incrementally as part of Sandbox updates, but this is a pretty huge area of work for us as it’s meant creating a whole new animation system. Adding hands and a stronger first-person presence to the game is a huge undertaking and something we held off on for a long time out of fear of the scope of work, as The Long Dark has a large number of potential interactions compared to a lot of other games, but in the end I believe that including them strengthens the sense of your physical vulnerability in the game world and will create a more immediate feeling of connectedness to the environment, which in turn feeds into the range of emotions the game can inspire.





Aurora

We haven’t said much about the Aurora since we’re trying not to spoil it -- but here are a few images to give you an idea of some of the things you might see in the game because of it.





Sandbox Updates

We know that while a lot of you are anxious about Story Mode news, many of you are actually a lot more interested in Sandbox progress. We’re doing our best to balance the need to get Story Mode launched, with your desire for regular Sandbox updates. Currently, about ⅔ of the team is focused on Story Mode-specific content -- so, mission scripting, environment art, characters, animation, audio, etc. -- and the other ⅓ is working on Sandbox updates. Because most of our content team is focused on Story Mode, our more recent Sandbox updates have been be focused on gameplay mechanics and UI. This will likely continue to be the case until we launch Story Mode. We know that a lot of you would like us to expand Sandbox with more regions -- but unfortunately every region we build for Sandbox is one we can’t build for Story, and we don’t want to release the new Story Mode regions until we launch it, so they are new when you play them!

We understand that for the people who are really waiting on Story mode, that our time spent on Sandbox updates isn’t really meaningful to you, and vice versa for the people who care more about Sandbox. We’ve been slowly adding people to the team to try to increase our development bandwidth, but hiring is a painstaking process for a small studio, as everyone you add to the team has a much greater impact to the project and the overall team dynamic. And, we’re pretty picky about who we add to the team. We’re trying to be wise about how we do this so that we don’t break things that are working well for us, and when it comes to hiring, wise usually equals slow.

Launch Date

We’ve announced launch dates in the past, in the hope that providing these dates would give you something concrete to look forward to. Unfortunately, all they did was create disappointment when we decided to delay beyond these dates. Last time we talked about dates I said I wouldn’t provide a new date until I was 100% sure we would hit it. To that end, I’m not going to say anything further about when we’ll ship Story Mode, except to re-iterate that the team is working very hard on it, our goal is to launch content that lives up to your expectations and lets us capitalize on the full potential of our work, and most of all, to create something that will redefine the “survival” genre as the first strongly narrative-driven exploration-survival experience. And as Hinterland’s first title, and as part of an ongoing episodic/Seasonal release plan, it’s critical that we get our launch of The Long Dark right, as it sets the bar for our studio’s future. Not only will it help determine whether we can achieve our full ambitions for The Long Dark in the future -- it will also help determine what other experiences we may (or may not) be able to make in the future.

As always, we appreciate your support. We do not take it for granted.

Sincerely,

Raphael

Twitter: @raphlife

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August 16

Sandbox Roadmap Updated to v1.2





We've just updated our Roadmap for The Long Dark Sandbox to version 1.2, which includes an aspirational feature/content list for our next Sandbox Update.

Check it out: http://hinterlandgames.com/the-long-dark/roadmap/

Please remember that this is an aspirational list, meant to give you an idea of some of the things we are working on, and some of the things we hope to work on. It's possible that some of the things on the list may not end up in the game.

Also, please note that over 2/3 of the development team is working exclusively on Story Mode content and features, which has an impact on Sandbox update scope and frequency.

Thank you for your understanding!

- The Hinterland Team

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About This Game

***THE LONG DARK IS AN EARLY ACCESS TITLE. THE SANDBOX IS IN A CONSTANT STATE OF IMPROVEMENT, AND IT ISN'T FINISHED. BUYING THE LONG DARK ON EARLY ACCESS SUPPORTS OUR ABILITY TO CONTINUE IMPROVING THE GAME. FOR MORE INFORMATION, REFER TO THE EARLY ACCESS INFORMATION ABOVE.***

What is The Long Dark?

The Long Dark is a thoughtful, exploration-survival experience that challenges solo players to think for themselves as they explore an expansive frozen wilderness. There are no zombies -- only you, the cold, and everything Mother Nature can throw at you.

Current Game Features

The Early Access version of The Long Dark features the game’s non-narrative Survival Sandbox mode. The game will leave Early Access one we launch Episode One of our Story Mode. All Season One episodes are included in the cost of Early Access.


  • No hand holding! The game challenges players to think for themselves by providing the information but never the answers. You have to earn the right to survive.
  • Permadeath! See how long you can survive, check your standing on the global Leaderboards, then head back in and push yourself to survive longer.
  • Monitor your Calorie count, Hunger and Thirst, Fatigue, and Body Temperature. Maintain your overall Condition if you want to survive. Let yourself weaken and any small threat may lead to your death.
  • Over 30 square kms of wilderness to explore (and with more regions coming!). Mystery Lake, Coastal Highway, Desolation Point, Pleasant Valley, and more, all interconnected and each with dozens of explorable locations.
  • Dynamic weather, wildlife, and time of day, all with an impact on how you choose to survive.
  • Over 100 gear items including clothing, tools like hatchets and rifles, first aid equipment, foodstuffs, light sources like lanterns and flares, and firestarting equipment.
  • Hunt Deer, Snare Rabbits, and watch for Crows as they can signify the presence of animal, or human, corpses that can be vital sources of Supplies. Wolves are territorial and will defend their territory, or stalk you if they catch your scent. If you let them get too close, you may find yourself in a desperate struggle to survive. Be on the lookout for Black Bears, as they roam the landscape in search of food.
  • Harvest Wood for fuel, maintain your Gear and Clothing, and keep your Knife, Hatchet, and Rifle in top shape as they will save your life!
  • Harvest Medicinal plants like Old Man's Beard Lichen, Rose Hips, Reishi Mushrooms.
  • Deep First Aid system featuring many afflictions including: Sprains, Blood Loss, Infection Risk, Infection, Food Poisoning, Dysentery, and more.
  • Craft Snares, First Aid items, Repair your Clothing and Tools, and Harvest raw materials from the environment, as you do your best to become self-sufficient.
  • ...and much more!

Ongoing Development


With an average of 3-4 updates per month, The Long Dark is in a state of constant improvement. We have released over 75 updates since bringing the game to Early Access. Updates typically include new gameplay, tuning, new areas, items, and visual improvements. We are constantly improving the game based on our iterative development process, with input from the community.

Please note that the Early Access price provides immediate access to the Sandbox Mode, and includes the cost of Season One episodes of the Story Mode, the first of which will be available at the game's full launch.

The Hinterland Team


The Long Dark is brought to you by Hinterland Studio, an independent game developer comprised of industry veterans with significant credits on many renowned series including Far Cry, Red Faction, Saints Row, God of War, Mass Effect, Knights of the Old Republic, Dragon Age, Company of Heroes, and many others. The Long Dark is the team's first attempt to create a unique and thought-provoking independent game that pushes the boundaries of the medium.

We appreciate your support of our efforts!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Dual-Core Intel i5 CPU @ 2GHz+
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel 4xxx Series w/ 512MB VRAM or better
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any on-board chip will work.
    • Additional Notes: The game is in an Alpha state and is constantly being expanded and optimized. System requirements are subject to change until the game ships.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel i7 CPU @ 2.6GHz or higher
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GTX 555 w/ 1GB VRAM or better
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Ideally, something with Surround capabilities.
    • Additional Notes: The game is in an Alpha state and is constantly being expanded and optimized. System requirements are subject to change until the game ships.
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.9.3
    • Processor: Core i5 @ 2.2GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5000
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: On-board.
    • Additional Notes: The game is in an Alpha state and is constantly being expanded and optimized. System requirements are subject to change until the game ships.
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.9.3
    • Processor: Core i7 @ 2.7GHz+
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated standalone GPU w/ 1GB+ VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: On-board
    • Additional Notes: The game is in an Alpha state and is constantly being expanded and optimized. System requirements are subject to change until the game ships.
    Minimum:
    • OS: SteamOS
    • Processor: Dual-Core Intel i5 CPU @ 2GHz+
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel 4xxx Series w/ 512MB VRAM or better
    • Sound Card: Any on-board chip will work.
    • Additional Notes: This is an experimental build for SteamOS.
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Duncan
146.4 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 25
Alright, I had a old review that felt it didn't cover the entire game so I deleted it and am making another one.

This game has one of thee best communites in the entire steam community. Updates are satisfying and always bring something new to the table. Game has HOURS UPON HOURS of replayability. One of thee best small time development teams. Highly immersive with very enjoyable art style for the graphics. Very large variety of items in the game.

Canadian written and approved.
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Direwolf
33.8 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 25
I look at the reviews and see so many people complaining about how they "bought this game for the story mode" and "it looked like it was right around the corner", and then proceed to thumbs it down? I completely disagree.

See I purchased this game awhile ago. Can't say I got it when it first came out but still the time flies. I've been through all the disappointing times when the aledged "story mode" was supposed to come out and it has sucked. But in no way would I say that i'm mad or even disappointed. Because Hinterland studio is one of the really good publishers to understand that we all want story mode, but would rather us hate them for a time and release a badass full game rather than... well you get the point.

I mean I could go through a pros/cons list of everything this game has to offer but I feel it would be unfair to a game that changes from time to time, and isnt even fully released. So i'm going to keep it short. This game is ♥♥♥♥ing awesome. That feel when you're freezing to death, low on water, and the wolves are howling to make it back to your shack, and live to see another day, it just amazing. the graphics are pretty awesome, very unlike any game i've played (Any game I have played. Sorry if you played something similar lol). And yes I do realize that I did kinda make a pros list but that doesent matter.

To conclude this waaaay to long review, I really would give this game a try. Sure it's only mode is sandbox. Sure it's not your triple A zombie survival first person minecraft game. But for what it lacks in content, it gains in creativity and presentation. And theres only to come (unless they shut down..).
So you should go ahead and buy it, so we can keep that from happening.

And if through all that I REALLY could not persuade you into getting this game, read the other good reviews. Read the bad ones. Read everything. But don't let the lack of a story mode scare you off.

Edit: This was in NO WAY meant to be a in depth review of The Long Dark. I highly recommend you check out other reviewers who are way better than me in every way. This was just to scratch the surface and clear some downvotes up. This was also entirely my opinion so pls don't be mad.
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ssg.nattyice 🚀
203.6 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 25
It's the best survival game out there, hands down.
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mychem11
2.2 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 25
By far, the most incredible sandbox game I have ever played. I can't even put into words how much I enjoy playing this. I am very excited for the story mode. 10/10
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A Tree Named L
8.7 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 25
This game is pretty good. I recommend to those who like games where the guy is in the middle of nowhere with snow and wolves. It's fun. That is all.
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Ganaathy
27.4 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 25
I love a survival game that you can have fun playing even when all your doing is walking alongside train tracks.
Its immersive with interconnected regions and has tons of exploration to do. Finding ways to access areas and fight off nature's elements is a truly rewarding experience. 8.4/10 Recommended.
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NikSta
23.5 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 25
almost 3 years since the game release..... there are some improvements...but still sandbox. You'll gt tired of playing.

Whats the point?
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[K][T][M]
4.2 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 25
You feel the cold and shiver. I'm not a big fan of survival games but this one here rocks (without those damn zombies). 11/10 would buy it again.
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DrunkPenguin
11.1 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 24
I must say my girlfriend, the kids and I were very interested in trying this game. We love games like rust and zombie survival games however we figured we would enjoy a more realistic gaming exerpience. We decided to take the chance seeing as the game was pricey for a game in development. $20.

To our pleasant surprise it is very challanging , realistic (just as expected) and detailed. You keep track of hours of the day, thrist, hunger (including calories and such) as well as your fatigue. You can repair items, clothing and other things. You research cooking, hunting and other things with books to further your ability to survive. Many of the activities in the game are like real survival and make the game very enjoyable. This game is NOT a super high paced shoot em up game. Your fortunate to find even a few bullets so you can hunt for survival. This is a mature persons game for people who are thinkers and enjoy trying to figure out how to best use your time and resorces wisely.

In conconclusion this game is very good. Do not let the low quality of graphics fool you these developers are really on to something here! I genuinely hope they continue on the complicated path they are on. This game should not be for everyone. This is what I and the kids like about it. PLEASE finish the story mode soon. We all cannot wait for the updates and things to come. Kudos to the developers.

I highly recommend this game if your into this style of realism.
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UltimateHacksour
12.3 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 24
The Long Dark is a survival game set in the cold winters of canada, With in depth survival and crafting systems, for example keeping up your hunger, warmth and hydration. This game is pretty hard core i would not recommend this game to someone who does not have much expirence with survival games (ex: dont starve, minecraft hardcore mode) this game gives you a modivation to keep going because if you die you die you can never come back to that save.

The game is extremly atmospheric if you play in the dark with headphones on when you go up and start a fire you feel a warmness and satisfaction. (WARNING: if you dicide to play with the lights off and your headphones on prepare to be jumpscared by them wolves)

I give the Long Dark a Canadian Pancake/10
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38 of 41 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 14
I have played a lot of survival games. For the most part, they all either start off great and end up stinking, or they stink from the onset.

This game is different. For the very first time I can say that a survival game has nailed survival. It is doing so in the most elegant and streamlined fashion, which I can't even believe I'm typing.
Years of games like Dayz have lead me to believe that survival games are supposed to be clumsy, sloppily designed, and painful to learn.

Thankfully The Long Dark handles cooking, crafting and inventory with an ease and simplicity that throws a middle finger to almost any survival game I've tried.

It's single player. I think, as of now, that is the only downside I would have for the game - but it isn't a downside.

This game instills a very tangible fear in you for mother nature. You feel alone, but you are surrounded by beauty. Gorgeous forests, mountain trails, and of course snow capped mountains and icy lakes.
The play area is massive, loot and spawn locations are randomized each new game, and the threat of harsh snow storms is only bested by the sight of a wolf, or worse, wolves... or even worse - a bear.

Discovering books allows you to read up on certain things, like ice fishing, firearms, or building campfires. Finishing these books enhances those abilities.

Finding your first rifle is empowering, and shooting a charging bear in the face 2 times before it mauls you is soul crushing.
That was me; Just over two hours into my first playthrough, feeling confident, I wandered into the dawn. Outside of my vision, a bear had spotted me. By the time I turned to fire, it was too late.
When the bear finished mauling me, I was shocked to find I was left hanging on to my life. I stumbled between some large rocks, built a campfire, and used almost all of the first aid I had. Still hopeful, I ate a meal and laid down in my sleeping bag to rest and regain my vitality.

Little did I know that my injuries would claim me as I drifted into dreams.

The game is complex, and yet every mechanic is intuitive and easy to learn. Exploration is exciting, whether it is a small lakeside cabin, an expansive network of caves, or an abandoned hydro dam. Often times the game evokes a sense of wonder, excitement and fear that I don't recall having since I first played Fallout 3.

Get this game. It's the best single player survival game I've ever ♥♥♥♥ing played, and I knew it within the first hour. If it wasn't, then why would I have stopped playing just to tell you all of this?

I am hopeful that one day a multiplayer survival title will take notes from this game. It would be amazing to play a game as silky smooth and devoid of zombies alongside friends and strangers. This is a title that would actually cause players to work together, because as threatening as the wolves and bears are - the world you must explore to survive is even more hostile.

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27 of 34 people (79%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
113.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 2
This is simply one of the best games I played in years.

Superb Survival mechanics without zombies!!!! At last.
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
250.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 30
I bought this game a while ago, but I decided to write a review now. I had been looking for a survival game that would be as as close to real wilderness survival as possible. If you have spent any significant amount of time backpacking in wilderness you will understand how unforgiving it can be. And this game portrays that aspect of real life, granted wildlife like wolves don't come charging and try to kill you when they see you. I would say if you want a game that is very challenging and can be brutally unforgiving and will test your skills and luck around every corner, buy this game and immediately play it on Stalker mode. You won't regret it.
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 17
so cool and cold, you have to be very careful cuz it is very difficult to survive here
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145 of 258 people (56%) found this review helpful
79 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
35.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 30
I am most likely going to get downvotes and probably have my review marked as "funny" due to certain members of the community, but I'm here to say what I've been holding off on saying for the past few months.

I bought The Long Dark primarily for the Story Mode; back when it was seemingly right around the corner. On the fence about purchasing, I was persuaded by the 90%(!) approval rating and endless amounts of positive reviews, so I thought I'd buy the game. While waiting for the Story Mode, I thought I might as well give Sandbox a try, so I'll start there.

Sandbox mode started out fair enough - The visuals were amazing, the wolves felt like threats, and I was always on the edge of my seat, planning my next move. The atmosphere was great.

However, after some hours, it became obvious that there was no point to surviving - There is simply nothing much to live for. Even with these new "challenges," the game's sandbox lifetime is disappointingly short. Simply put: It gets rather boring. Surviving for months is a tedious chore, not a fun adventure. There's no reason to live. If the game had been marketed as yet another sandbox survival, I wouldn't have bought it. There's a multitude of those already, most of which are better than this game.

Moving on to the mess that was/is Story mode: 18 months and multiple failed release dates later, the devs have engaged in a rigorous "it's done when it's done" stance. Waiting for months upon months for a story mode that was promised to be delivered months ago and may be at best only a few hours long is not my cup of tea. I have been holding off on writing this review, but as time passed I ended up feeling disappointed and angry as The Long Dark seemed to be traveling down a never-ending road of Early Access, sadly like so many other games.

This is the first Hinterland product I have purchased, and it will also be my last. I've uninstalled the game, and it will most likely remain uninstalled for the rest of eternity.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 18
I have issues playing this game. I'm just too big of a wussy to actually play it for a long period of time. The first time I ever saw a wolf, I was in the Hydroelectric Dam at night. I was walking down the stairs without a care in the world thinking wolves just couldn't possibly spawn in a building. I turned the corner and that boom, getting mauled... Lets just say I didn't rage-quit, I fear-quit. Never before have I hit Alt-f4 so quickly out of pure terror. 10/10 for PTSD.
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16 of 25 people (64%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
167.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 22
tl;dr: The game Hinterland made is great. The game Hinterland promised they'd deliver to the people who paid doesn't exist.

After three (or four?) missed deadlines for the release of Story Mode, in order to stop disappointing the community, Hinterland decided to simply not announce any more release dates. As a sign of good faith, they agreed to provide "regular updates" on Story Mode progress, and they'd handle spoilers by way of an opt-out system.

Definitely a let-down for the people who have been waiting since 2014 for Story Mode but after so many fails, the decision to stop making promises Hinterland could not keep and the promise of transparency won them some goodwill.

More than four months later, Hinterland has provided not a single update on what's going on with Story Mode.

Adding insult to injury, Hinterland stated that four months with no updates did not conflict with their understanding of the word "regular" and the failure to update the community was merely a failure to not be "as regular as you would like." Amazingly, the reason given for failing to deliver even a single update was the uncertainty of how to handle spoilers -- something Hinterland had solved at the outset in their promise to provide "regular updates."

When players said Hinterland had been less than honest with the community, Hinterland initially reacted by closing the thread and saying the questions had been answered. When pressed for an answer, and facing the prospect that Hinterland's false promises would be brought to the wider gaming community, Hinterland called these criticisms "hostile," "insulting" and "slander," "threatening" and "bullying."

Finally, after refusing to admit that they misled the paying community, and continue to mislead the paying community, Hinterland banned the people who brought up the issues, myself included.

But don't take my word for it. Read Hinterland's own promise and realize that today, a full twenty weeks later, they have delivered precisely nothing on their promise.

If you like a Hinterland product as it is right this moment and don't mind supporting such a company, buy The Long Dark (and consider not updating). It's a beautiful game.

If you want a Hinterland product that they've promised to make, hold on to your cash until they've made it. You may find the money never leaves your pocket.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
101.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 14
This game is aesthetically satisfying, immersive, and fun. Of all the early-development games I've played, this has been my favorite. Dying after so many hours of walking, collecting, hunting, crafting and hardship is devastating; however, the permadeath aspect requires thought-out planning for every endeavor.

+: I love the music, the sounds of nature, the exploration and the struggle to survive. I am so happy to find a game like this that doesn't have zombies or a ridiculous premise. I love how in-depth the statistics are recorded and available to track in-game and compare between games. Being able to record notes on my travels and activities is useful - I used this feature to record where I had to leave essential items behind in order to efficiently travel to new destinations.

-: I am very excited for a story mode; however, it is very difficult to be patient. I am dissatisfied by the lack of background information, features and dialogue that I hope will be implemented in the story mode. I would have enjoyed the ability to record a rudimentary map in-game based on areas I have already traveled.

Overall an incredible game, and I am looking forward to the Story!
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22 of 38 people (58%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
62.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 12
I purchased this game with story mode about to drop in the not too distant future. That date came and went in the spring of this year. I was not sure about getting it as I usually don't do early access but again with story mode and the full version, "just about ready."

I had some fun with the sandbox and actually spent countless hours on it in the first few days. I loved the art style and the environments felt very real. I was excited as I approached every new corner. The problem is once you get the hang of it and are surviving this becomes incredibly boring. Why are you surviving? What is the motivation?!

Your time in the sandbox will not last long before you get bored with just surviving. This was not marketed as another survival simulator and I would not have purchased it if it was. Problem is now the dev is basically not dropping story mode and has not made ANY EFFORT to update the release date.

The dev has also made countless idiotic changes to the systems of the game. Losing tons of valuable time that could have been spent on dropping the story mode.

It's been a long time since I stopped checking for the story mode. Not it is one of those things that I remember about when I see the game in the list and realize oh these sad ♥♥♥♥s are still ripping me off. Let's see what they say.

Very infuriating to go back to their page and see numerous moronic changes that you can't help but shake your head at yet the ♥♥♥♥ers can't even hit at a drop date. The stance of "it'll be finished when we say so" now that they have our money is extremely infuriating.

When the story mode drops the graphics of this will look so dated it will be irrelevant.
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
65.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 4
Best survival game ever made!
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