The Long Dark is a survival-exploration sandbox game with a somewhat distinctive art style. It's been under development in Early Access for a while now and keeps seeing large updates and changes. A Linux port has been in the works and now, in a recent update announcement, we've gotten more details as to its status.
It seems that they'll soon be testing the game in an opt-in beta branch on Steam:
We're hoping that the Linux community will support this testing effort. Within the next few weeks, we'll be launching an Experimental Linux Branch that current players can "opt in" to, to help with testing. We'll also set up a Linux sub-forum -- both in Steam and in our official community -- so there'll be a place to track bugs and provide feedback on performance, etc. Once the Experimental Linux Branch has had sufficient testing, we'll fold Linux into our main release.
It's nice to see devs give a Linux port some thought and proper testing. Too often it's assumed that they can just hit the 'export' button and all will be well. They seem to be focused on making sure that it'll be a smooth experience on SteamOS with Steam Controller support baked-in which I hope will continue to be a trend among developers. More quality ports can never hurt.
I'm not a big fan of sandbox survival games but I'll be keeping my eye on The Long Dark to see how its port comes along.
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.
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