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The Long Dark, a pretty decent game that has both a story mode and a fully fledged survival mode just got a huge update.

Firstly, for those who felt the story mode was a bit too linear—they've listened. They're reworking the first two episodes to be more open, to fit in with the third unreleased episode which they said was going to be more open anyway.

Before that though, we have today's "VIGILANT FLAME" update, more details in this video:

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Full update notes here.

I'm definitely going to be diving into the survival mode again this weekend, I just hope a pack of wolves doesn't chase me into an abandoned vehicle like last time—fricken wolves!

If it sounds good to you, pick it up on Humble Store, GOG or Steam.

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Shmerl 14 June 2018 at 7:38 pm UTC
Does anyone experience a hang on startup in the GOG version?

See https://www.gog.com/forum/the_long_dark/audio_errors_on_linux

It's quite annoying and basically makes it unplayable.


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WorMzy 14 June 2018 at 8:00 pm UTC
Really excited about the new cooking mechanics! Gonna have to replay this again soon. Maybe I'll actually be able to complete one of the missions this time. (spoiler: I won't)
Ehvis 14 June 2018 at 8:18 pm UTC
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Some of that stuff looks great.

Not so sure what I should do with the updated first two episodes. Spent like 35 hours on completing those and I think I'd rather just continue the next one.
Kels 14 June 2018 at 11:07 pm UTC
QuoteI'm definitely going to be diving into the survival mode again this weekend, I just hope a pack of wolves doesn't chase me into an abandoned vehicle like last time—fricken wolves!

Of course that won't happen this time, Liam. The new area doesn't have a vehicle to hide in.
PublicNuisance 15 June 2018 at 12:22 am UTC
ShmerlDoes anyone experience a hang on startup in the GOG version?

See https://www.gog.com/forum/the_long_dark/audio_errors_on_linux

It's quite annoying and basically makes it unplayable.

I fired up my GOG copy (version 1.30) to see and had no issues. There was a startup screen that was all distorted and glitchy but I hit escape which brought me to the main menu. I was able to play 15 minutes of the survival mode and had no crashes or other issues. Specs are in my PC info but here's more in depth:

AMD Ryzen 5 2600X | 16GB DDR4-3000 CL15 | MSI RX 580 8GB Gaming X | Mesa 18.1 | Samsung 850 Evo 250GB | Gigabyte X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming | Corsair AX1200 | Solus 3 | Kernel 4.16.14-75.current

Was skeptical of how much I would like it but I enjoyed that 15 minute session. I will try it on Linux Mint in the next couple days and see if I have any issues there.

(I had to edit so many times because I no spel gud tonight)


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hummer010 15 June 2018 at 1:02 am UTC
PublicNuisanceWas skeptical of how much I would like it but I enjoyed that 15 minute session.

It's a really, really good game. It's right up there with Kerbal as my one of my favorite early access game that I ever bought.
PublicNuisance 15 June 2018 at 12:11 pm UTC
hummer010
PublicNuisanceWas skeptical of how much I would like it but I enjoyed that 15 minute session.

It's a really, really good game. It's right up there with Kerbal as my one of my favorite early access game that I ever bought.

Two things that really stood out to me as awesome were how when I jumped down a hill I sprained my ankle and later on when I was reading a book once it got too dark I could no longer read it. Nice subtle touches.
Shmerl 15 June 2018 at 3:35 pm UTC
PublicNuisanceI fired up my GOG copy (version 1.30) to see and had no issues.

Good to know that it's working at least in some cases. It keeps hanging for me on Debian testing.
Shmerl 15 June 2018 at 4:20 pm UTC
When it hangs, I see it reports this in the terminal:

Preloaded 'ScreenSelector.so' Preloaded 'libAkConvolutionReverb.so' Preloaded 'libAkFlanger.so' Preloaded 'libAkPitchShifter.so' Preloaded 'libAkSoundEngine.so' Preloaded 'libBink2x64.so' Preloaded 'libBinkPluginLnx.so' Preloaded 'libCSteamworks.so' Preloaded 'libsteam_api.so' Unable to preload the following plugins: ScreenSelector.so libAkConvolutionReverb.so libAkFlanger.so libAkPitchShifter.so libAkSoundEngine.so libBink2.so libBinkPluginLnx.so libCSteamworks.so libsteam_api.so

It's confusing that it first says preloaded, and then says unable to preload.
stan 15 June 2018 at 5:18 pm UTC
Urgh, notes on computers
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