Submit-apocalyptic Canadian wilderness simulator The Lengthy Darkish will obtain its first paid updates for the reason that sport went into early entry in 2014, Hinterland Studio’s founder Raphael van Lierop has revealed in a developer diary. Count on new areas, challenges and adjustments to the way in which the sport performs from later this yr, though Hinterland haven’t but specified what type these will take. Van Lierop additionally introduced that he’ll step apart as venture lead on The Lengthy Darkish. Katie Sorrell, lead designer on the sport’s Story mode, shall be taking up.
The deliberate updates will goal The Lengthy Darkish’s core Survival mode and take the type of a season cross. The growth shall be unfold via round 15 to 18 months in common instalments for anybody who buys the cross. Hinterland are additionally aiming to supply the contents in three or 4 DLC packs after their launch. Don’t fret in the event you don’t fancy shopping for entry to the paid updates as there’ll nonetheless be free updates to the bottom Survival Mode, Hinterland say.
So why provide paid updates now? Nicely, Hinterland have at all times launched main updates without cost up up to now, which has grown the sport into what they name an “unwieldy” type past the scope they set for themselves initially of its improvement. Final yr, Hinterland ran a ballot on the way forward for the sport and located folks have been desirous about paid additions to Survival mode. Hinterland clarify that they’ve needed to uncouple The Lengthy Darkish’s Story and Survival modes to allow them to present smoother and faster updates to each with out having to re-test the whole sport each time.
The Lengthy Darkish’s Story mode, Wintermute, nonetheless has one episode in its five-episode-long arc left to inform, however there is not any launch date for that outdoors of a obscure 2023 window. John tackled Wintermute a number of instances, and ultimately got here to take pleasure in it. “That is such a powerful turnaround,” he stated. “What as soon as felt like a grindy tutorial now looks like a narrative somebody actually needed to inform, and has grow to be a narrative I actually need to hear.”
Hinterland have promised a roadmap of what is going to characteristic within the paid Survival mode updates earlier than launch, however there’s nothing concrete to share but. In the meantime, The Lengthy Darkish is accessible on Steam, Epic Video games Retailer and Microsoft Retailer for £28/$35/€30.