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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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yahya 19 December 2018 at 3:36 am UTC
yahya
Spoiler, click me
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It seems that some objects are overlapping.
But it's normal with -force-vulkan.
What a disaster!
It's only normal on the first gameplay (Wintermute/Survival). But when I exit to the main menu and then back to play, suddenly a few spiky objects appeared, like explosions.
Brisse 19 December 2018 at 11:19 am UTC
Played several hours of survival mode yesterday. No new issues for me as an AMD user. The game is 100% playable and enjoyable but there are some minor issues which existed previous to the patch as well. More specifically, every now and then (once per minute or so?) the screen flashes with a colourful corrupt frame. Just one frame though, so it disappears quickly and doesn't really affect gameplay beyond being slightly annoying. The other issue is that I've had a couple of crash to desktop. I had one yesterday. All in all I would guess I've had three or four throughout my 85 hours of total gameplay.
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