The Long Dark (2017)

About This Game

WELCOME TO THE QUIET APOCALYPSE

Bright lights flare across the night
sky. The wind rages outside the thin walls of your wooden cabin. A wolf howls in the distance. You look at the meagre supplies in your pack, and wish for the days before the power mysteriously went out. How much longer will you survive?

THIS 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 in the aftermath of a geomagnetic disaster. There are no zombies — only you, the cold, and all the threats Mother Nature can muster.

WINTERMUTE

The episodic story-mode for The Long Dark, WINTERMUTE launches with two of the five episodes that form its Season One.

  • In Episode One: “Do Not Go Gentle”, bush pilot Will Mackenzie (player character) and Dr. Astrid Greenwood are separated after their plane crashes deep in the Northern Canadian wilderness in the aftermath of a mysterious flash of light in the sky. Struggling to survive as he desp
    erately searches for Astrid, Mackenzie comes across the small town of Milton, where he begins to understand the scope of this quiet apocalypse.

  • In Episode Two: “Luminance Fugue”,
    Mackenzie’s search for Astrid takes him deeper into the savage Winter wilderness. A mysterious trapper may be the key to finding Astrid, but can he be trusted?

    The first two episodes of WINTERMUTE represent approximately 15 hours of gameplay. Episodes Three to Five are included in the price of the game, and will be unlocked for free as they are released.

SURVIVAL MODE

Survival Mode is the free-form, non-narrative survival sandbox that has been honed over nearly three years in development.

  • 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! When you die in Survival Mode, your save is deleted. Every decision matters. [Note that WINTERMUTE does not feature permadeath.]
  • Condition and Calories: Monitor your Hunger, Thirst, Fatigue, and Cold as you struggle to balance resources with the energy needed to obtain them. Every action costs Calories, and time is your most precious resource. Choose your path carefully.
  • Scour the World for Supplies: Over 100 gear items including Tools, Light Sources, Weapons, First Aid supplies, Clothing, and more.
  • A Vast Living World: Explore a 50 square kilometre Northern Canadian wilderness in search of precious supplies. In Winter. Dynamic time of day, weather, wildlife presence, etc. provide just enough randomness to keep things challenging.
  • Survival of the Fittest: Hunt, fish, trap, climb, map, search for life-saving food and gear items, and try to avoid dying from the hostile wildlife, succumbing to hypothermia, frostbite, or dysentery (amongst other uncomfortable afflictions), find and maintain your life-saving gear.
  • Hunt or Be Hunted: Wildlife to hunt and be hunted by: Wolves, Bears, Rabbits, Deer, Crows, and more to come in future updates.
  • Survival is your only goal, and death your only end. Make your own survival story with every game.

    Features the music of Sascha Dikiciyan.

    CHALLENGES

    Several standalone Challenge Modes offer objective-based experiences designed to last 1-3 hours each, such as Whiteout — the race to gather enough supplies to prepare for a monster blizzard. Or Hunted, where you need to escape a murderous Bear. Complete them to unlock Feats that provide long-term gameplay benefits in Survival Mode. Five Challenges exist at launch, with more on the way in future updates.

    FUTURE UPDATES

    In addition to releasing the remaining three episodes of WINTERMUTE, we intend to continue updating Survival Mode, as we have done with about 100 updates/hotfixes over the past three years in development. Keep in mind that your purchase of The Long Dark entitles you to all five episodes of WINTERMUTE, as well as updates to Survival Mode along the way.

    ABOUT HINTERLAND

    Hinterland is a small independent developer of original interactive entertainment. Based on Vancouver Island, Canada, Hinterland’s team is largely distributed across North America. Although The Long Dark is the studio’s first game, Hinterland is made up of veterans of the “triple-A” games industry, with lead developers from several renowned studios including Valve, Ubisoft Montreal, Relic, Volition, Capcom, Radical, BioWare, Sony London, and United Front games.

Game Details

Genre Simulation – FPP – Survival
Works on Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10), Mac OS X (10.9.3) and Linux (Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04)
Languages Audio and text: English. Text only: 中文, Deutsch, français, 日本語, 한국어, norsk, русский, svenska, Türkçe
Released August 2, 2017
Size 4 GB
Company Hinterland Studio Inc / Hinterland Studio Inc

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS


Minimum system requirements – Windows:

XP / Vista/ 7 / 8 / 10
Processor: Dual-Core Inte 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.
Mouse, Keyboard


Recommended system requirements – Windows:

XP / Vista/ 7 / 8 / 10
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.
Mouse, Keyboard


Minimum system requirements – Mac:

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.
Mouse, Keyboard


Recommended system requirements – Mac:

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
Mouse, Keyboard


Minimum system requirements – Linux:

Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04+
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.
Mouse, Keyboard

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