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:

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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October 28

<<< 4 Days of Night >>> Event Now Live!!!

Event runs from Friday October 28th @ 10AM PDT, to Tuesday November 1st @ 10AM PDT.

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October 26

The Long Dark Event -- 4 Days of Night!

This Halloween, we're trying something a little different in The Long Dark -- an in-game event we're calling, Four Days of Night.

This is a bit of an experiment to see how the community feels about in-game events that are built around a specific theme. Since it's Halloween, we're having a bit of light-hearted fun.

In Four Days of Night, you'll experience:

* Perpetual darkness -- the sun will not rise
* Light sources (ex. Lanterns) last twice as long as usual
* Demon wolves
* Strategically located Pumpkin Pies with Warming and Wildlife Deterrent capabilities!
* High-calorie value snacks in Candy Bowls
* Jack-O-Lanterns that mark the location of rare Loot

NOTE: These gameplay changes will apply to all in-progress Sandbox and Challenge games. If you are concerned about impacting your current progress in a Sandbox game or Challenge, we recommend you start new Sandbox sessions if you want to participate in Four Days of Night.

The Four Days of Night event starts Friday, October 28th, at 10AM PDT, and ends Tuesday, November 1st, at 10AM PDT.

Good luck, and we hope you enjoy it!

- The Hinterland Team

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About This Game


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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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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71 of 77 people (92%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
44.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 1
I thought about buying this game last time it was on offer... and the time before that. This time I actually did. WOW. This genre is fantastic. Survive in the wilderness. You think humans are top of the food chain ... until you meet a hungry wolf with only one bullet left in your hunting rifle (which inevitably misses). Then you pull out a flare to ward it off, but it's too late, the pack is now following you. 100 yards to go to the shelter, stamina is running out... time is running out. You close your eyes, knowing the wolves are about to bite at your ankles. Then ... silence. The wolves are gone. I'm safe! ... but there is a reason the wolves are gone...

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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
97.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 11
Finally a survival game that isn't a multiplayer glitch fest
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
152.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 3
Bold and realistic gem. So glad I found this game.

The Long Dark is a first-person sandbox about solo survival in extreme condions. Every other human in the game world is dead, and for yourself it is very difficult to effect sustained survival, especially at higher difficulties. But you do get better.

I say YOU, because what I like most about this game is that the player must learn and get better to succeed. Kind of reminds you of, i don't know, that golden time when games took a fair measure of skill to beat. Instead of a linear story with pre-planned power ups, instead of just a character leveling up to being practically untouchable, the player must learn to balance protection from the elements, water, food, and stamina, and keep respecting that balance for the entire game. It doesn't matter how good you get at it, the world can still kill you at any time. The game is VERY, VERY immersive. It really gives the illusion that you inhabit your avatar's body and are truggling to survive.

For example, you might get attacked by a wolf before you have good weaponry, get the better of the wolf with your hunting knife, then you are chasing it down like a madman, following its blood trail, hoping it will bleed out where you can find it because you know this might be your first chance at meat and having a half-full belly in hours of gameplay. You lliterally begin to think, feel, and act like you are some starving man in the woods, never mind all that lasagna you just ate!

You might get lost in a blizzard and end up going in circles because you can't see 10 feet. You just went out for firewood, but now you're lost in a blizzard! You might find you are in an unsustainable location, realize a slow death is only a matter of time, head out in the middle of the night, go on some crazy multi-hour odyssey, and fist pump/air guitar when you at last stumble on some hunting cabin frozen, starving, with injuries and 5% of your health.

This game is well worth your time and you will end up making time for this game, trust me. Shout out to the developers on such an outstanding product; a true work of art.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
55.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 1
So I bought the game ...

... when I realized that I was getting a bit hungry and my fire was running out. I had to go outside and scour the area for resources as the night was soon creeping up on me. I heard wood crackling, wind sweeping and wolves howling. I knew that I was on borrowed time unless I stood tall and vowed to make my living for a coming day. With one last inhale of my dying breath, I made a run for it and ran back to my cabin. Half of me was frozen, but I knew that I was still alive inside. While looking back on what I've done, a kindle lit up and made me think that since day 1 I've been building up to my salvation. I sat down to a warm fire ...

... and then decided to play some Long Dark. It's a nice game!
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 1
Probably the best early access survival on steam. I'm not even a fan of the genre but I'm looking for the one that really gets me. This is my best bet so far.

+ great visuals and fast performances
+ compelling gameplay
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
9.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 28
Imagine you leave your safe and warm hideout in search for more food and other supplies. You stride along old railtracks through the numbing cold towards the unknown. There will be a point when you have to decide to either return and just narrowly make it back alive, or you might decide to continue, and just hope for the best.

I chose to continue, and I walked, until it became dark and cold. I tried to make a fire, but it only lasted an hour, I was really tired and decided to make another fire with the last resources I had on me, just to warm up and sleep for 2 more hours.

I never woke up again.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
41.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 29
I've never really written a review before, but I feel that this game deserves it.

No other Survival Game I have played, has ever truly felt like a survival game.
More of a "Eat-Drink-And try not to die" game.

Because of the perma-death mechanic, and the dangers present within the game.
It feels so much more satisfying to be successful within this game.

Don't get my wrong, I'm not a die-hard survival fan, who wants to have the most gruelling experience possible.
It's simply that everything seems far more impactful than in most games.

The weather is truly a hazzard, the wildlife can kill you, the landscape can kill you, having too little supplies or burdening yourself with too much.. can kill you.

All of this seems quite intimidating, but if you give this game a chance you could be in for one of the most rewarding games you will ever play.

This game is in early alpha, I have only experienced a few minor graphical bugs during gameplay. And I already have sunk many hours into this game. The future game features seem very intriguing, I look forward to what this game will become in the future.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 4
The Long Dark is a survival-crafting game based somewhere in the Canadian Yukon where the player is dropped into a depopulated tundra when an unexpected magnetic resonance causes his plane to crash. Survival is the name of the game and you will need to carefully plan your movements and actions to conserve as much of your food, drink, energy, and warmth if you want to survive.

The game is basically a metered survival mode that you might be familiar with if you’ve played games like Rust or DayZ. In addition to the typical food/drink/rest gauges, you also have a warmth meter that must be satisfied by keeping in warm places and/or wearing warm clothing, to prevent risk of hypothermia. Like the aforementioned games, there is an underlying crafting system where you collect various items and combine them to make different things or to repair tools and clothing, which are worn down through use or misuse.

There are a few wandering packs of wolves and solitary bears who will make your life miserable if you are foolish enough to get close to them but generally they’re pretty easy to avoid and, unless you are overburdened, you should be able to sprint away from them to safety so long as there is a cabin nearby or if you have some bait to drop as a distraction. Other than that the main “combat” in this game is you versus nature and time. Smart players will plan the use of available daylight with maximum efficiency, leaving hours of darkness purely for resting and campfire-related activities.

That’s really about it. I kind of wish there were more things to do in TLD or more ways of achieving the same effect. For example, in order to forge arrowheads you have to have coal, scrap metal, and a heavy hammer. I would have liked it if there was a more time consuming way of using a rock or some other improvised device so I would have something to carry me over until I found the requisite hammer. You also have to rely on snares to catch wildlife without weapons which in turn require that you kill or harvest guts from existing wildlife. Not a huge problem but with all the cotton and leather I kept finding, and random cars which clearly had their internals still present, you’d think I could make some sort of alternative trap. Just a bit of cleverness would be all that’s needed to turn this from an okay game into a really great game (that and maybe a co-op multiplayer function).

As it stands, most people will figure out how to survive practically forever, especially if they are lucky enough to kill a bear yielding massive amounts of raw meat. Once you get into that kind of situation, all the stress behind surviving goes right out the window and you end up spending your time making up your own goals instead of being guided by the game. I’m sure this is something that will be remedied by story mode but in the meantime I will have to regard this game as half-finished.

I still recommend The Long Dark, though, as the devs have been pretty good at bringing in new content and the majority of my gripes will probably be resolved with story mode wherein tool scarcity and lack of alternatives won’t matter so much. Consider picking this one up on sale if you’d like to spend 10-15 hours roleplaying Tom Hanks’ Canadian cousin.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 2
Pretty. Pretty cool. Some glitchiness with clipping, but I expect it out of an alpha version. Would be cool if it would be possible in a later version to have connectivity to other Steam players to try to survive together.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 10
The gameplay is sorta bland after awhile and this is more so if you are not willing to learn tatics. The reason I recommend this title is the noises and feeling you get while playing. I have never played a game so lively. I actually feel like im cold playing this. I can hear my charaters breathing and I feel for him! Its honestly a little crazy. So if you are into that I'd recommend.
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Dear Hinderland,

I know we've been together for a few wears now but I don't think I've ever taken the time to tell you that I love you. But with this Halloween 4 days of Dark event I really have to tell you how i feel. I know how you mention I only come to you when I'm depressed or angry, that I spend too much time playing your antitheses, theHunter. I didn't meant to call you cheap, what having bought you at 50% off.

I forgive you for that intestinal parasite spat; it was very unlike you and I figure you were just fed up with me being' all Liam. On that note I promise to stop making "The Grey" references. Why don't I try that last update I never tried, turn on the "Silence of the Lambs main theme loop" and we can settle in next to the fireplace for the evening. I love you.

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One of the few "real" or "true" survival games out there.
No multiplayer, that's a pro because most games of this genre got a terrible netcode, plus it will have a story mode instead of that, no zombies or monsters or "building your dreamhouse stuff", just nature kicking your ♥♥♥!
And it really feels like it, well for me it does. I also like the fact that you cant jump. If I am freezing my balls off walking through thick snow I sure as hell won't jump around, you kind of feel the heavy body you are dragging through miles and miles of ♥♥♥♥ing snow.

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Early Access Review
Posted: October 28
It's alright, but boring after a hours of the same old everything. The devs have stated there would be no Co op and I bought it knowing that. However, after playing the game I feel it would have a much extended fun factor by allowing a second person to join in.
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Early Access Review
Posted: October 27
This game is just fantastic. It's an unforgiving survival game.
When I first started, I didn't know where I was, or where I was going, I didn't know anything, and ended up dying of thirst because I didn't know how to get water, even though I had snow all around me.
The Long Dark has different difficulty settings from Pilgrim, to the recently added Interloper. Each one of these will give you a different experience. While Pilgrim will pretty much take you by the hand, and just allow you to learn the basics of survival in the game, taking away the danger of wolves and bears, Interloper will give you the most unforgiving survival experience in any game ever.
It is an early access game, but one where the devs are really involved. They're active on Steam, on Reddit, even on twitch streams. You can see how much love they put into that game, not like devs for other early access games out there, not gonna give out any name.
When you're new to the game, everything is amazing, and even with time, you still end up in situations you didn't plan for, if you take some risk. Once you master the basics of survival, it is easier to make it, but you can then set challenges to yourself, and really choose the way you'll approach your survival experience.
The Long Dark is worth every single penny, there are very few bugs (if not any, at least I never ran into any trouble), the game and art style is beautiful, performance is good, mechanics are constantly being adjusted to improve the experience.
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5.4 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: October 27
Very atmospheric! My favorite survival game
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1.9 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: October 27
hint hint it's not really a good idea to name your company ''Hinterland.'' every time i look at it i think of certain individual. The game is fine
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71.8 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: October 27
When I first reviewed this game after 6 hours of game play, I gave it a thumbs down. I had died at least twice and survived no longer than 3 days.

But something about this game hooks you in. You keep trying, learn from past mistakes and get better at it. Even then, something can happen out of the blue, the weather can change very quickly for example and you are fighting for your life. It feels good to get through a tough time.

Being able to move to a new map by actually walking to it is great and opens out the world much more. Planning your expedition is fun. I hope new areas will be made to keep the game interesting.

The game has different difficulty levels. The easiest being more true to life in my opinion, but you can have wolves attacking you left right and centre if you prefer to play that way.

You can get to a point where you are self sufficient and could live for a long time... if you wanted to... but it can get lonely.

A few down sides still bother me:
When you first start out, you can be hampered by poor finds, lack of orientation, not knowing the area at all and it can be offputting. I think you need a map with the game. Some of the controls and how to do things can be a little complicated.

Also I would prefer less man made structures and more ways of building your own temporary shelters instead. I think less food finds would be better also as long as you had a basic kit to start with, such as a knife.

Regards dying: one very silly death early on in my game was in relation to being caught out and freezing cold. I made a fire in the shelter of some rocks but I wasn't getting any warmer. I moved closer to the fire and by accident burnt to death! This was extremely annoying as in real life you would know when to stop.

I am not a fan of dead bodies either, especially when it's me.
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5.5 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: October 27
This game is amazing, but it crashes far more often than I would believe. I know it's still in early development, so hopefully it gets fixed up before full release.
That said, it's a great game. Survival is just difficult enough to keep you wanting to play, but not so hard that you give up. The graphics are a great piece of unusual style, and the controls feel fluid and are easy to use.
I'm excited to play the story mode, and hope that the constant crashing gets resolved in a timely matter.
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6.8 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: October 27
Amazing game. I would prefer it a little bit less hardcore (e.g. the health stats drop extremely fast, resources are hard to find etc) but I still enjoy it and keep playing it as it rapes my ego, pushes me to the limits; and I can't stop playing it to improve as a survivor. I would like - as a player - to focus more on surviving the wildlife than focusing more on surviving my bad luck of finding resources; but again, it is still a great game. Hope you developers add some more complexity in the mechanics and set the environment for the need of more fights with bears and other animals as well as stealth mechianics etc (just give us more bullets and weapons drops - not necessarily guns - LOL).

The game required the player to cover a big learning curve (I understand the simulation concept here), but it is also a different experience from what we 've been used to. What the game misses here is that there should be some more guidance in the crafting feature.

Great sounds and the game makes the user empathetic towards his/her character.

One of the best purchase I have ever made. Developers please continue the great job and the customer-feedback oriented improvement and this may be the next big game series of the survival game genre.
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