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The Long Dark, the beautiful survival game is now officially available for SteamOS & Linux today, it has also been updated with Steam Controller support.

I guess I need to buy it now to test it out with my new toy then! Oh dear, just bought it.

It will be very interesting to play a survival game that's really about battling the elements, I wonder how lonely the game feels. I might have to write up some thoughts on it when my internet behaves enough to download it.

Talking about the Linux release, Hinterland Studio mentioned how they were internally testing it directly on SteamOS ahead of the release for us so hopefully it's seen plenty of polish.

While it's not finished and it's currently in Early Access, The Long Dark has been available for Windows since September last year so we've had a bit of a wait. Seems like it may have been worth it though, lots of early impressions on it have been giving it a promising outlook.

About the game (Official)

The Long Dark is a thoughtful, exploration-survival experience that challenges solo players to think for themselves as they explore an expansive frozen wilderness. There are no zombies -- only you, the cold, and everything Mother Nature can throw at you.

You can see their announcement here.

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9 comments

GloW 10 Nov, 2015
I've already bought it the second linux support was added. But i'm waiting for the release to play it, i don't want to waste my surprise on the sand box mode.
Beamboom 10 Nov, 2015
Are there real tough weather in it? I've always wanted a survival game with heavy storms, deadly cold, whipping rain, all with proper audio that makes me shutter to the bone.
GNUzel 11 Nov, 2015
Quoting: BeamboomAre there real tough weather in it? I've always wanted a survival game with heavy storms, deadly cold, whipping rain, all with proper audio that makes me shutter to the bone.

The blizzards are absolutely fantastic. Tons of snow limiting visibility, your character shuttering and a very accurate wind sound effect, make to be one impressive blizzard.
PublicNuisance 11 Nov, 2015
I'll check it out when there's a DRM free version and it's out of early access.
Eike 11 Nov, 2015
Quoting: BeamboomAre there real tough weather in it? I've always wanted a survival game with heavy storms, deadly cold, whipping rain, all with proper audio that makes me shutter to the bone.

Not the same genre, but there's a great underwater storm sequence in SOMA I had to think of when I read your description...
Hori 11 Nov, 2015
This is the best survival game I played so far. All other ones were either easy or had too many rpg elements or the over-used zombies.
This is just you vs nature... and the nature is very harsh. There are very limited resources, plants won't regrow and you can't grow new ones (because it's freezing cold and plants don't grow overnight anyways) and you can't build things, you have to make use of what you find and hunt and that's it.

The only downside of the game is the hunger system... the character simply wants to eat too much. Sometimes it seems like he is eating more than an average healthy person in our real world... In a survival situation a man can go without food for days without too much trouble... and in extreme situations it can go more than a month before he dies. In this game you pretty much have to eat two or three steaks a night... A NIGHT. Yeah, you have to sleep 3 hours, eat, sleep again, eat, and continue sleeping. I don't know about others but I never eat and never even feel hungry at night, even if I am awake and working... This is however not a very big deal, but an issue nontheless. At least it is an incentive to hunt more, which is fun.

This game is also very good because it NEVER gets easy... when you think you have what you want, and let your guard down, you will probably die. That happened to me one time, at day 20 or so: I had pretty much everyhing I needed and at evening when I returned home from a very sucessful fishing session, right before opening the door (while thinking "things are starting to go well for me") I was suddenly attacked by a wolf and almost died. Also it happened many times that a storm hit out of nowhere and I got lost and got hypothermia and almost died before I found my way home.

I really recommend this game, even in it's current state it is worth it. When you play it, you actually feel like it's for real, and you really care about your character.

Important tip: Bullets are love, bullets are life. Don't shoot unless it's completely necessary. This isn't an FPS
drmoth 11 Nov, 2015
I only played a little so far, but yeah, it's good. The graphics are very stylised, but that doesn't break the immersion, it may even help it.
lvlark 11 Nov, 2015
Quoting: HoriThe only downside of the game is the hunger system... the character simply wants to eat too much. Sometimes it seems like he is eating more than an average healthy person in our real world... In a survival situation a man can go without food for days without too much trouble... and in extreme situations it can go more than a month before he dies. In this game you pretty much have to eat two or three steaks a night... A NIGHT. Yeah, you have to sleep 3 hours, eat, sleep again, eat, and continue sleeping. I don't know about others but I never eat and never even feel hungry at night, even if I am awake and working... This is however not a very big deal, but an issue nontheless. At least it is an incentive to hunt more, which is fun.

While this sounds like it overshot the target, a few things you have to take into account. In a frozen wasteland (I don't know where you sleep in this game, but probably not in a warm cosy place) your body uses much more energy than in our real world. So yeah the character will want to eat more than normal.
Also, I have been known to wake up in the middle of the night because of hunger... from time to time...
But like I said, this sounds like the game has gone too far.
DestructThePolarBear 12 Nov, 2015
Waiting for Steam Winter sale, I am pretty broke doe........ I am afraid of the wolves, in the dam. (The energy supplyer)
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