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The Long Dark, the survival game pitting you against the harsh environment and wildlife has a big free update out.

As they've been talking about for a while, this update is the overhauled versions of Episodes One and Two. With a third episode due at some unspecified time.

Now, all story you experience in the game is played in first-person like the gameplay. All dialogue is also now fully voiced and animated, so it should make for a much more engaging experience. They've adjusted the mission structure, so that side-content is properly optional and not required to progress the story like it was in places before. They've reduced the amount of backtracking required and improved the flow of it overall.

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They also updated the survival mode to include a Rabbitskin Hat, a new health buff with Well Fed which will buff your Condition and Carrying Capacity and a new challenge to complete.

On top of that, they also tweaked the UI, improved the Fire/Stove interaction interface and other misc improvements. The loading screen will also now throw some information at you.

Sadly, the Linux version now has some major issues. There's some graphical distortions (likely the same Unity bug others are having) and while forcing Vulkan (-force-vulkan as a launch option) fixes some of them that method for this game introduces other major issues. Unity is currently tracking the issue here.

So far, the issues with Unity seem to only affect NVIDIA so if you're on AMD or Intel you should be good to go. Due to those issues, I can't really give it any updated impressions. I've contacted Hinterland Studio to let them know.

You can find it on Humble Store and Steam, as it's no longer on GOG for whatever reason.

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Brisse 18 December 2018 at 1:13 pm UTC
Cool! Got this recently and I've been playing survival mode but deliberately avoided Wintermute because I knew this update was coming. Time to jump in I guess!
riusma 18 December 2018 at 1:13 pm UTC
I have the game in my library and was waiting for this update for playing it after viewing some videos of gameplay (I wasn't convinced by third person view for cut scenes and I need some story to push me into the gameplay)... I will now wait for a fix for the Nvidia related bugs (Linux gaming is patient gaming).


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buenaventura 18 December 2018 at 1:34 pm UTC
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Awesome, I bounced of this game previously, but when the NVIDIA thing is fixed I will get right back at it, sounds perfect.
RickLagina 18 December 2018 at 1:55 pm UTC
Far too buggy on Linux so I don't recommend it. Arch wiki has workarounds though.
hummer010 18 December 2018 at 4:03 pm UTC
I own it on GOG. Hopefully Hinterland updates it on GOG still, or I'll have to be asking for a Steam key from them.
yahya 18 December 2018 at 4:55 pm UTC
Spoiler, click me
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It seems that some objects are overlapping.
But it's normal with -force-vulkan.

Nvidia driver version: 390.67

liamdawewhile forcing Vulkan fixes some of them that method for this game introduces other major issues
So, does it mean that Vulkan has a limited compatibility with OpenGL?
Vortex_Acherontic 18 December 2018 at 7:32 pm UTC
Well ... the only issues I've ever had (Nvidia user) was that in some cases the sound in pre-rendered cut scenes where missing o.O
And I had the ssue that the 64bit mode was not launching but running it in 32bit (GOG version) everything was good (except of the previous mentioned issue)
I did not expected any other issues such as graphical glitches.

Hope they did not break everything now O_O

I'm running openSUSE Leap 15.0
BOYSSSSS 18 December 2018 at 7:48 pm UTC
When I run the game I only get this buggy screen, and if I click right away the game crashes. I have to wait for some time and THEN click on the screen so the game can start. It's not as annoying after I moved the game to my SSD, I just click when I see the buggy window, but on the HDD it was very annoying cuz I couldn't start the game, I had to wait allot to make sure it wouldn't crash.
Thormack 19 December 2018 at 1:57 am UTC
I am running Ubuntu and NVIDIA card. The trees render on top of the other objects on the screen. Same for cloud/fog.


The game ran fine before this large update.
Lets give them some days/weeks to hunt the bugs.
Sol33t303 19 December 2018 at 3:02 am UTC
Yeah I was having some issues with my 1080 Ti,I was having weird rendering issues with the Windows, I didn't know it was an issue many Unity games were having so I reported the bug to the developers, I didn't know how to describe it so I sent them a video of it with the games log data and some other things.
Their website was having issues with me uploading a video so I gave them a link to it, here's the link if anybody wants to see the video https://drive.google.com/open?id=1wSM_HyK272iEikdP8LChNdlsOH0vGxkr
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