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?
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.
The episodic story-mode for The Long Dark, WINTERMUTE, currently includes three of the five episodes that form its Season One. The Episodes build on The Long Dark's award-winning survival sandbox gameplay with a thoughtful narrative experience that explores the history, and current mysteries, of Great Bear Island, as survivors there come to terms with the Quiet Apocalypse.
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 desperately searches for Astrid, Mackenzie comes across the small town of Milton, where he begins to understand the scope of this quiet apocalypse.
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?
In the aftermath of events in Milton, an enigmatic stranger rescues Dr. Astrid Greenwood (player character) from near death. Facing the blizzards of Pleasant Valley, Astrid must bring all her skills as a doctor to bear on the survivors she encounters. But will she find Mackenzie, and get closer to the mystery that's taking them to Perseverance Mills?
The first three episodes of WINTERMUTE represent approximately 25 hours of narrative-focused survival gameplay. Episodes Four and Five are included in the price of the game, and will be unlocked for free as they are released.
Features performances by Jennifer Hale, Mark Meer, and David Hayter, and the music of Cris Velasco.
Survival Mode is the free-form, non-narrative survival sandbox that has been honed to a sharp edge after over five years of open development, in collaboration with The Long Dark players.
Survival is your only goal, and death your only end. Make your own survival story with every game.
The game challenges players to think for themselves by providing the information but never the answers. You have to earn the right to survive.
When you die in Survival Mode, your save is deleted. Every decision matters. [Note that the WINTERMUTE story mode does not feature permadeath.]
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.
Over 100 gear items including Tools, Light Sources, Weapons, First Aid supplies, Clothing, and more.
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.
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 and be hunted by: Wolves, Bears, Moose, Rabbits, Deers, Crows, and more to come in future updates.
Four distinct Experience Modes let you find a challenge level you are comfortable with, such as Pilgrim Mode, which is meant to be quiet and pensive, all the way to Interloper Mode, where only the most experienced survivors have a chance to last a week. If none of the four Experiences suits you, use Custom Mode settings to tailor your Survival Mode game to your specific tastes.
Features the music of Sascha Dikiciyan.
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. There are currently 6 Challenges in the game, with more planned to come.
In addition to releasing the remaining episodes of WINTERMUTE, we intend to continue updating Survival Mode, as we have done with over 150 updates/hotfixes over the past five years of 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.
“Hinterland’s painterly wilderness is one of the most evocative settings on PC.”
— PC GAMER
“The Long Dark is a troubling yet beautiful gem.”
“THE LONG DARK is the survival genre at its brutal best.”
— ROCK, PAPER, SHOTGUN
“Survival with purpose”
— FINANCIAL POST